Firstly, I want to say thankyou if you’ve made it this far, through all the novels below. I realise that I probably should have written a ‘you might need a packed lunch before proceeding with this post’ warnings for the lengthy accounts so far. I admire your dedication, and with this post I offer you a little holiday (not literally, sorry) and a quick update on our Baby Love.
Last Tuesday, we had a 33 week scan to do another check of Baby Love’s growth and development. Thankfully our Littlest Love passed another scan with flying colours. Hooray. The baby’s growth is all on track for 33 weeks (aside from the length of the femur, which is a tad behind, but that’s a standard feature of babies with Down syndrome… and let’s face it, this child is hardly inheriting ‘tall’ genes) and the placenta and amniotic fluid levels were great, which means that the ‘support systems’ seem to be supporting the baby well so far. Our little one slept through most of the appointment and was facing the wrong way to do a proper heart check, but Dr Greg said that the best time to do a heart check is at 26 weeks anyway and everything was looking great back then. The sonographer found it difficult to give us any face shots, but Dr Greg managed to get a couple – including this one I’ve attached. I must say, I did get a little rush of excitement as I saw that squishy little face, knowing that I get to cuddle that bubba soon. It was lovely to have my Mum with me at this scan and give her a sneak preview to her (17th!) grandchild. I figured that it would have been a while since she’d been to an ultrasound (if she even got one back then), given her ‘baby’ is now 27! Dr Greg doesn’t see the need to have anymore official scans, so he gave me a big hug and wished me well for the rest of our journey. I am thankful for his involvement over the past four months or so, and the fact that he’s pretty clever as well as caring – you probably wouldn’t find many over-educated consulting specialists who also give out hugs 😉
Later in the week, we also caught up with our OB, Dr Glenda. She was pretty happy to see Baby Love’s progress and scan results and there wasn’t much to discuss at this appointment. We’ll just continue to have ultrasounds at the scheduled OB appointments (now fortnightly until 36 weeks) to check bub’s growth, and the plan for birth and delivery is ‘as normal’. Rather scary to have booked all the OB appoinments up to two days past due date… must mean we’re getting to the pointy end now. Really should go and pack that hospital bag, just in case.