Anyway, we only have 12 more weeks to go since I’m not allowed to go past 39 weeks. We had an OB appointment today to measure baby and do my glucose test.
I was really nervous about the glucose test because I was under the impression the drink would taste AWFUL. I started feeling super nauseous this morning and I was worried I’d throw up after drinking the stuff and then I would have to do it all over. Luckily I didn’t get sick and the drink wasn’t as bad as I was expecting it up to be. I chose the orange flavor and it tasted like flat orange soda. I drank it so fast that I gave myself a brain freeze, though.
Then we got to go back and see Nolan! We really want/need Nolan to have a good, healthy birth weight. He is ABOVE AVERAGE! He’s measuring about 2.7 pounds and he’s growing fast! He’s measuring in the 70th percentile! 🙂 Before we knew everything going on with him I wanted him to be on the smaller side but now, I want a big, healthy (other than the problems we already know about) baby!!!
Nolan’s heart rate is right where it should be: 127 bpm. He’s been moving a ton, especially when I have to pee. My fluid is looking good and we’re not concerned with preterm labor. Whoo! The greatest news we heard all day though? Nolan’s valves look great, so that’s something to celebrate. We don’t quite know what that means as far as the HLHS goes, but anytime a doctor tells us something in his heart looks good we will REJOICE! We didn’t spend too much time on his heart because we have monthly fetal echos to do that.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about my birth plan and there’s been a lot that has changed in it. I talked to the doctor about a planned c-section but she said she doesn’t like doing them unless medically indicated. She wants me to try and go into labor on my own and give birth naturally. She said with some heart babies they will schedule c-sections so that all the doctors they need can already be there. So it was very encouraging to hear that she’s not as concerned about him. His defect is serious but manageable as far as the birth process goes!!
Johnny and I ask that you continue to pray for us and Nolan. We want him to continue to grow and be healthy! We also are hoping I will go into labor naturally and as close to 39 weeks as possible. Inducing can sometimes cause babies to go into distress and we certainly don’t want that. And please be praying about finances. We’ve decided the best thing for us is for me NOT to go back to work after Christmas, so we’re going to have to learn to adjust with only one income for a while.
We appreciate all the support from our friends and family. Thank you for praying and thank you for being so encouraging!!!
Now, here’s a picture of our adorable little alien sucking his thumb. 🙂