Thursday, October 27, 2011

So in awe

Totally amazed and in awe that I only have 6 weeks left until term. 42 days. When I started this journey, I never expected to end here, really. I was continually warned that after all that went down with Elisa, I was more likely to have another preemie, even earlier than I had her. That there were things they could do to help prevent that but of course there is no guarantee.

So here I sit, amazingly, at 31 weeks. Two whole weeks past Elisa. One week away from lung maturity. 3 weeks away from suck, swallow, breathe being developed. 3 weeks away from where they won't stop labor if it happens. 6 weeks and this little one could be here. After this week, 4 weeks until I'm on leave.


At my appointment yesterday, the doc mentioned that she thinks something more than just pre-term labor was happening with Elisa. Maybe it was some sort of infection or bad placenta. They tested both my placenta and my amniotic fluid in the hospital and both of those came back negative. Maybe it really is the p17 making the difference? I had an irritable uterus with her as well as this one. But this one, it didn't do but minimal change to the cervix? Could my stress be more under control? I don't think so...I'm a high stress person. I just AM. Also said they don't schedule the c-section until 4 weeks before, so probably not until mid November will I be able to schedule my day. But oh well. :)

Today, I am 31 weeks. Tomorrow, Elisa is 2.

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

5 more shots. The countdown is truly on.

Oh! And for the first time, boy overtook girl on the poll! Girl had such a big lead for so long I'm surprised. But I guess we'll see in December. :)

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Hooray! I am thrilled for you! I know all to well the fear and the reality of having a baby early and then the next one earlier and then the next one even earlier. But, when the first is 37 weeks, second is 33 weeks and my earliest preemie was born at 31 weeks I was lucky not to have one before 30 (I was playing with fire with #4 but fortunately he was just shy of 34 weeks). With my last though, I was so grateful to get to 31 weeks because it was known territory. then to 33 weeks because those two weeks made such a difference and I had seen it.
I truly think, and hope and pray that you little one will make it so far! 37 at least! You know the benefits of making it to each milestone and that is kind of a blessing and a curse but one week to 32! :) YAY!