Tuesday, October 27, 2009

35 Weeks: WHAT?? Induction. Soon. Let me go faint really quick!!

We had our regular appointment this week with a growth ultrasound and then we were given the shock of our lives! Apparently our little guy has kind of dropped on the growth curve all of a sudden. At previous appointments he was measuring right on track even ahead at times but I guess his abdominal measurement has now slowed down considerably, about 2 ½ weeks behind. His fluid level is also on the lower end. So the doctors sent us off to the high risk center for another ultrasound and the results were the same, a small tummy and borderline fluid. What does all of this mean? Well basically it looks like the placenta “may” be beginning to fail in which case the baby would do better growing outside of the womb rather than inside. That means that the docs are looking to pull the plug and get the little guy out, and they want him out pretty soon. I was told that we will be looking at an induction somewhere around 36-37 weeks!! So we are kind of in a holding pattern for the time being, I go in two times a week to check on the baby and to do growth and fluid checks and really anything could happen at any one of these visits. So each time I go in I’m prepared to be told “it’s time!” and head over to the hospital.

Pretty crazy news huh!! We certainly weren’t expecting this! I’m very thankful that if there were going to be any issues with the boy that they waited until 35 weeks to pop up because a 36-37 week baby is considered “full term” to the docs. They are confident that he is going to be perfectly healthy just “skinny.” His other measurements are all right on track, he’s reaching all of the developmental milestones, breathing, swallowing, etc. So he’s just ready to come out I guess.

So now what?! We are scrambling to get things done! We will be finishing the nursery, installing the car seat, packing the hospital bag, and getting the house 100% ready for his arrival. We had to go out and buy a new coming home outfit since the one we have will be too big. His growth checks at this appointment came in at 4.0 lbs, 4.8 lbs, and 4.14 lbs so he’s pretty little! We got him a little premie outfit and had to buy some more little clothes but I’m hoping to get one more pound on him before he comes out, my fingers are crossed.

I’m pretty apprehensive about the idea of induction because it boosts your chances of ending up with a c-section. And induction in general just isn’t a “natural” experience, you’re forcing your body into something which I’d rather not do. But there are positives too, I know when we’re going, I can make sure to shower and get ready before heading to the hospital, and I can mentally prepare myself. And so the countdown truly is on…. Our Turkey baby has turned into a Pumpkin baby!!

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