Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Still Hanging In There

Claire and I are still hanging in there. I am 35 weeks along and my OB told me to stop taking the brethine. At the end of next week Claire will be considered "full-term". I told James that after all this concern of her coming too early she will probably take her time and stay in there until the 4th of July :-) I've been swelling a lot (I have "cankles"), but am otherwise feeling okay.

We toured the L&D floors at UAB Hospital earlier this month. Their NICU is a few steps down the hall from the delivery room, so they can whisk Claire down there as soon as she is born and take care of her.

I found out today that the CDH baby whose mom I had lunch with last month passed away a few weeks ago due to complications from pneumonia. Please pray for her and her family.

Friday, May 11, 2007


I went to my regular OB appointment yesterday morning and she hooked me up to a monitor because I've been having some mild contractions for the past week. I was having very small contractions every minute (I couldn't feel those) and some bigger contractions intermittently (I could definitely feel those, but they didn't hurt). I wasn't dilated any, but she didn't like that I was having the bigger contractions this early (32 weeks) or that the smaller ones were so rhythmic. She said she'd rather err on the side of caution since my baby already has problems and doesn't need to be born early.

So she admitted me to L&D so that they could give me some terbutaline (Brethine) to stop the contractions and monitor me for a few hours. Seven hours, three shots, and two pills later they got them to stop and sent me home with a prescription. Hopefully Claire will stay put for at least another month, preferably two. I think the doctors are just being extra careful.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

32-Week Ultrasound

I had another ultrasound today. Claire is in the head-down position. Her stomach is still up in her chest beside her heart, but her liver still appears to be down. She is in the 40th percentile for size, and they estimate she weighs around 3 lbs 15 oz right now. We saw a little bit of hair on her head, and we saw her "practice breathing".

My amniotic fluid level is 25 cm, which is borderline high (polyhydramnios). Back in February they told me it might get high if the baby had trouble swallowing due to her stomach being in the wrong place. Mine doesn't seem to be too bad though, and the doctor said he didn't think it would get much higher. I go back for another ultrasound in five weeks.

see more pictures here