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.
Sometimes a HUG is such a perfect way to say everything you can’t say with words. Good work Dr Greg.
Totally. Maybe HUG101 should be on all specialists’ list of subjects to study??
I’m so glad that you commented on my blog so that I could find yours. First of all- CONGRATULATIONS! In a sense, I’m so jealous because I wish I could go back to where you are right now and just enjoy every little detail of the pregnancy and birth. I wished Addison’s pregnancy away because I was in denial and missed out on so much. I know this isn’t an easy pregnancy and that you are probably still sorting things through yourself, but take it from me- you’re going to look back on all of this one day with as much joy as you did your other pregnancies!
Second- thank you so much for your kind words about my ebook. I am so glad that it was able to bring some sort of comfort to you. You are why I put it together, and it is worth all of that effort just to be able to bring you some peace.
So glad that everything is looking good with the baby’s health! Excitedly counting down the days with you. (and I TOTALLY admire you with the 3 kids 4 and under. I have two under two and feel most days like I’m going to DIE. You are my hero to be as far as you are already while chasing around two kids!)
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment (especially with those two kids under two – what are we, nuts??). I’ve emailed you (let me know if you didn’t get it) x
Darling, loving reading your littlest baby love journey and am excited to see that your bub is due same say as Harry’s birthday 24th March 🙂 Aires bubba’s are gorgeous.
Oh wow, didn’t realise that was Harry’s birthday. Looking forward to meeting my Aries baby 🙂
Great news about the scan (and you’ve got to love a specialist hug, not alot of them give them out I can tell you). I am due just four days after you with baby #2, and am starting to get a bit anxious as the big day draws closer and closer! My ‘to do’ list is scarily long – hospital bag packing is creeping up to the top of the list.
Feeling a little more ready after a week of my wonderful Mum’s help getting me and the house a bit more organised. I have marked hospital bag off the list now. How’s yours going?? Wonder if our babies will end up with the same birthday 😉 Thinking of you in the leadup to your big arrival x