28 weeks + 5 days, 12 weeks post rupture, day 37 at my parent's place
Ultrasound went okay today. My fluid levels are a little lower at 4.4 but the bladder was full and everything else looks good. Baby has grown about 200 grams in a week and now is estimated to weigh 2 lbs 7 oz. Still measuring a little small, but remains on his/her own growth track. Blood flow through the cord and in the brain is perfect. Still can't see if it's a boy or a girl...so Acorn he/she remains. What was really cute was we got to see the front side of the face and Acorn looks to have sort of 'chubby' (relative to size, of course) cheeks. So at least if Acorn's head is a kind of a funny shape, his or her cute cheeks will make up for it!
Dr. Eeyore confessed to be 'excited' today at our appointment so I call that progress. He's amazed that I keep showing up pregnant every week. He's starting to wonder about how long to let me go. He's starting to err on the side of delivery as early as 32 weeks, whereas he admits other doctors would let me go as far as 34 or 36 weeks. As he said, he wants to get the baby out in the best condition possible and it would be bad if what prompted delivery was infection. Infected babies don't do as well. But, on the other hand Acorn is doing well right now and therefore it's probably best if baby stays put and bakes a little longer.
For my own sake I'd like this baby delivered as soon as safely possible. My back, legs, feet, neck, and shoulders ache on an almost constant basis from lack of movement. I would love to be able to get up and stretch and go for a walk...but alas I just have to lie there and beg my husband for massages instead. I try to do ankle rolls, leg pumps, shoulder stretches and side bends but my movement is severely limited. Last night was also the first night that I noticed my fingers felt a little swollen. I'm hoping it's just a 'pregnancy' thing rather than a 'heart not working so well' thing, but still it's a bit concerning.
For Acorn's sake, I'd like to go as long as possible. Bigger is generally better. I just hope lung development has been adequate and Acorn's delivery date is the start of a long healthy life, rather than (another) worst day of our lives.
As for the fetal ECHO we are going to go, but I have spoken to the nurse coordinator at the clinic and explained the situation. She is on board with only getting the images they can get. There will be no 'getting up and moving around' and no pushing to try to get the baby to 'turn'. What they will see is what they will get. I feel okay about this decision (it is another trip in the car and time outside, which is the highlight of my week!), but I just hope it doesn't add to our worries.
So that's the scoop for today.