Monday, October 24, 2011
Premature Birth Plan Day 8
I had another ultrasound today. Baby looks great! I finally got someone to pin down baby age so today we are exactly 29 weeks. That means I've got five more weeks from today to go. Heaven help us :) Baby looked great. They didn't check size, that will be next Monday but they looked for fluid levels. Normal levels would be around 14 at this point. Last week I was at 4. Today I'm 5.7. So obviously far from normal but baby has more fluid now then he/she did just a week ago. I just keep drinking and eating ice chips by the bucketful keeping us both hydrated and peeing. I've been really warm today...not a fever, I know that for sure since they check me every two hours, but just warm. The plastic bed, plastic pillows, the pads, the squeezers, just leaves me feeling hot. I decided last night to sleep without underwear to try to stave off too much irritation and when I told Dr. J about it, embarrassed, he laughed and told me, "Sweetie almost all my patients are without underwear." Good times at the hospital :) I was a little frustrated today. I wish I could just know the outcome. Will I sit in the bed five weeks? Will the baby come tomorrow and have to be in the NICU for months? Will it come somewhere in between and only be there weeks? I feel like if I could just know I could plan my life accordingly, I could mentally prepare for the challenges ahead, I could emotionally prepare. I guess I shouldn't be surprised by this. After all I am the girl who about halfway through a book will often skip to the end and then go back and finish. I am the girl who avoids most surprises. I am the girl who looks up movie endings before I go. Life isn't a movie though and so here I am, waiting it out. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. On a more whimsical note, all of the pieces of Captain E's Harry Potter costume have arrived. Online shopping, what an amazing world we live in!