I had a sonogram yesterday to take a better look at our little nugget in that my OB thought I might have to give birth to a toddler. The good news is that she was wrong! He's a perfect, right-on-track with an estimated weight of 5 lbs, 10 oz. So, if he gains an average amount of weight and I carry him to exactly 40 weeks, he'll be about 8 lbs! Doesn't get much better than that...or does it?
It does. It really does. There seems to be some consensus that my "blip on the radar" with regard to the whole preeclampsia/bed rest thing was really just that. It was a hiccup most likely caused by all of the traveling I was doing in January and February. For most women, it's not a huge issue, but I was having to re-acclimate to the altitude change every time left and came home. Which was A LOT in those six weeks! Once I got home and stayed put, my blood pressure stabilized and the regular contractions subsided. I still have a lot of contractions, but not more than 4 in an hour. And when I have 3 in an hour, I can avoid the 4th with a big glass of water and resting on my left side for an hour. It's like magic.
The even better news: There's ABSOLUTELY NO REASON to believe that I will have or will need to have this baby one day or one minute before he's full term. There will be no induction scheduled and any labor before 36 1/2 weeks will be stopped. Apparently, babies born at this altitude (and higher) before the 36 1/2 week mark have difficulty breathing because of the lack of oxygen. I hadn't really thought about it, but it makes total sense. Babies born at 34 weeks in MI have few complications. Babies born at 34 weeks in Denver have more breathing/oxygenation complications. But I am 35 weeks today, so that's a good thing. Only 2 weeks before there's nothing to even think about. I can say with 100% confidence that I will have an April baby.
Anyway, I just wanted to share with you. No more drama for this pregnant lady!! Oh, and some pictures of Nugget for you...the 3-d machine makes him glow orange-ish gold. Hence the Golden Nugget! I think he has Chris' nose.
|He loves to have his little hand over his eyes. And he's sort of smiling in this picture!|
|With a little assistance from the technician, our little golden nugget moved his hand. And he already has chubby cheeks! I love it!!|