Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Another test, another terror

OB visit today, 38 weeks 6 days. External measurements have not increased since last visit, though I have gained 4.5 pounds, seemingly all in my ankles. Baby not engaged, so no handy excuse for external smallness. OB's look said, "I'm-concerned-but-don't-want-to-freak-you-out-so-I'll-stay-very-calm-and-strangely-upbeat" and her chipper voice said, "Let's send you in for another measurement ultrasound now." There was talk of possible induction, pending the test results.

Jeff asked what it would mean if she were, indeed, not growing anymore. When he heard the words "lack of adequate perfusion from the placenta" and "possibly not getting enough oxygen" tossed in among the lighter possibilities (e.g. funny position, maybe she likes to curl up really tight, maybe I'm built more spaciously on the inside than the outside, etc.), he looked quite stunned. Like I hadn't told him the grim stuff last time. Guess it's worse to hear those words from the doctor than one's paranoiac wife.

So we were trotted off for the test, conveniently located at the hospital where we were heading anyway for our twice-weekly testing, and after a little breakdown and panic session, were told that she is measuring at 49.5% for her gestational age-- that she is, in fact, well over seven pounds, and that everything looks "perfect."

And that was our requisite terror for the day.


Blogger Cass said...

Oh, honey. I am so sorry for the scary moments you keep having, but glad that things are, in fact, okay in there. Not that I want to rush things, but I am hoping she makes her way into the world soon so you can see for yourselves that she's perfect.

Thinking of you and Jeff.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Pamplemousse said...

Nearly there, Bugs. Hang on, joy is coming.

2:46 AM  
Blogger Lindy said...

Geesh! So glad everything is ok. I guess I'm going with the theory that you're built more spaciously on the outside than on the inside.

You're so close now!

4:55 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I too am hoping she gets here soon so you can start worrying about things like boys and dating and good grades and too much television watching and stuff. I love the promises you have made her in your previous post. Love them. You are already an awesome mom.

5:09 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Good lord. I want to smack your doctor for freaking you out each week. I'm so relieved everything looks perfect. Don't you wish she would hurry up and get here so you could stop these lovely visits with your OB? LOL Hang in there...just a few more weeks. :-)

5:12 AM  
Blogger chris said...

Wow. I think you've been through enough at this point. Perhaps an easy labor as the reward? Things have to even out at some point, right?

5:41 AM  
Blogger Cat, Galloping said...

i'm sure you just want to scream, just get her out! i remember that feeling all too well.

i hope your reward is like mine was... a healthy baby and the complete lifting of all my frantic worries the moment he was out.

side note: do you have the angel care monitor? it's a must have for the not worrying thing. better than (okay, as good as) a home doppler!

5:49 AM  
Blogger Mrs. T said...

Gosh, you don't need any more terror. It won't be long now. Glad she is perfect. Thinking of you!

5:59 AM  
Anonymous akeeyu said...

Oh, for heaven's sake. Because it's always a good idea to freak out a pregnant woman. Next time they pull that shit, kick them and say "Oops, sorry, sciatica."

6:31 AM  
Blogger Anne said...


I'm so glad you're so close now. Very best of luck as the long winding road finally leads home.

All continues well with me (6 mos now) & I'm not on line much these days. But I suddenly thought of you today. Glad I did in time to wish you the very best of luck. Thanks always for your voice in the IF wilderness.


7:08 AM  
Blogger Mudbug said...

Darling Bugs. That last little bit just sucks ass, doesn't it. Especially when you have to endure the thrice-weekly medical freak outs on top of all the other late pregnancy stuff.

It's almost over. Truly. And it will all be worth it a million times over.

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Oh, sweetie, I'm so sorry for the latest freak-out. I'm so glad, though, that she's doing well and growing beautifully!

Soon, soon!

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Leggy said...

Ugh I'm sorry. The last 10 days of my pregnancy with my son were pretty terror filled so I can very much relate. All turned out well.

Hoping you get through the next few days without too much more terror and that she decides to make her appearance soon.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous away2me said...

Glad everything is looking good. So sorry for the scare! Not long now!

10:07 AM  
Blogger Liv said...

It sounds like you have a little terror on the way. She's already practicing sending you into hysterics. Hmmm.... not even born yet and testing her boundries.

Good luck. Just want you to know that there is one more person inside your puter pulling for you.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Wavery said...

I'm so sorry this time is becoming so filled with anxiety. Seven pounds is pretty wonderful stuff though. "Perfect," indeed. Thinking of you all.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous pixi said...

Oh good god. Hopefully that's the last big scare. Can't wait to hear that you've got that perfect little one in your arms.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Millie said...

Perfect! It doesn't get better than that. Sorry for the scare and hoping that's the last of it. Time to meet that little girl.

3:55 AM  
Blogger Claudia said...

My word, enough with the scares! Thank goodness it's almost time to meet that precious baby in person. Hope the next few days/weeks goes smoothly with no more scares!

8:15 AM  
Anonymous patricia said...

What the fuck?! Are they on some kind of evil April Fools mission.

There's not long to go, let's hope this is the last one.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good grief.. you are a stronger woman than I! By that point I would've had a nervous breakdown and begged for an induction just to get this pg over with already!!!

1:27 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Perfect news...perfect girl.

Glad to hear that she's looking good but sorry that you're bearing the brunt of the terror from the doctors. Soon, so very soon, you will meet in person and I, for one, can't wait to hear about it.

Hang in there, not too much longer, my friend--YIPPEE!

7:45 PM  

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