My appointments this week were good.
My labs were good on Monday and I don't see my Hematologist anymore until after Liam comes. I just continue taking the Lovenox shots and she said that if an emergency situation comes up, the first thing I tell them is when my last shot was, and hopefully they can hold off delivering until 24 hours after the shot.
On Tuesday my NST was great. The nurse told me I was "rocking this pregnancy"...nice to hear, even though I totally don't think I am. Rocking a pregnancy to me would mean having no complications and working up until the day your water breaks or you start having contractions, close to your due date. But, I suppose as far as pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome is concerned, I guess I'm rocking it, I've already made it almost 5 weeks past when Lily was delivered.
My Friday appointment (the all-day event) was also good, Liam looked great and scored a 10/10 on the NST and the ultrasound, they saw him practicing breathing, lots of movement, the amniotic fluid level is good and so was the cord blood flow. He seems like an overachiever. He is still head down with his spine on my left side. They haven't measured him in 2 weeks, which kind of makes me nervous, because of Lily having IUGR, but I am sure they will be measuring him again soon. Two weeks ago he was in the 43rd percentile, just about average for weight, height and his head.
Everyone is in agreement that if Liam comes early now, he will be okay and would probably not see any NICU time....music to our ears!
The big news: I have been down-graded from a bomb to dynamite...that's right people, it looks like I will no longer take out a small village, just maybe blow up a house or something. If I make it until next Friday, Dr. J said I might get downgraded to a firework! And hopefully if I can make it to 39 weeks, he said we can all light sparklers.
Even though I am still having some really high pressures at home (160's/110's), at the office it was 108/60 - geez! I think I am so relaxed there, because I feel well taken care of. I also only had 1+ in my urine, so they did not order a 24-hour urine on me.
From Tuesday-Friday, I managed to gain 5 pounds and my hands and face are really swollen. I was worried, and talked to Dr. J about this (sign of pre-e), he said whenever I think something is going on I need to come in. I know my body best. I hate this statement. I feel like it's all on me and it's a lot of pressure. Of course I would go in if I was continuously getting high pressures, or felt like something was really wrong, but it is hard to know with me when that is, because my pressures don't go up until the very.last.second!
More big news: Dr. J reviewed everything from my last delivery and it is his opinion that the safest option for me and Liam is a repeat c-section (hopefully not under general, so Chris can be in the room). I wanted to try a V-bac, but just want a safe delivery, so whatever they think, I will do. He feels like that will be the most "controlled" environment, no one wants my pressure to go up or a bomb/dynamite/firework to go off, during an induction or labor. He also really wants to be the one that does it. And since you can't schedule an elective c-section any earlier than 39 weeks (unless some emergency situation comes up), we are looking at the week of September 19th (my nephew Mason's birthday), but haven't scheduled our date yet. I can guarantee it won't be the 19th (it's a Sunday and Mason's birthday) or the 20th (Dr. J is out of town). Dr. J is pushing for the 21st because it gives my body less time for my pressure to go up, which would put us in an emergency situation. Me and Chris have to talk and then will be scheduling it next Friday. Of course, this is just a "scheduled date to have", if all goes well and I don't show any signs of pre-e or HELLP. It also makes me feel more pressure though too, because I really want it to be controlled and for Dr. J to do it (just because he's done so much for us), which means I really need to make it....hope I can.
Thank you to everyone for all the cards, emails, phone calls and prayers...bedrest is starting to take it's toll, emotionally...it's really hard with Lily, so it's always nice to get a "pick me up"!
Pregnancy: 35+6 (sneak this in just in time)
Weight Gain: 20 pounds, yes, I put on 5 pounds in 3 days - not good!
Sleep: Better when Chris is home, I just worry every night that I might wake up with chest pains (what happened last time), and having enough time to call Chris and get to the hospital
Feeling: Still trying to live through the headaches
Cravings: Nothing really
Movement: He's slowed down a bit the last couple of weeks
Belly: Still big
Current Medications: Still on 30 mg Lovenox shots once/day for Factor II, slow iron for anemia, taking prenatal and extra Folic Acid for MTHFR and I am taking Tylenol for headaches
Tuesday - NST
Friday - Ultrasound, NST & see OB