Friday, December 21, 2007

Fluid levels starting to rise

We must be at the hospital too much for appointments because yesterday morning the Valet parker who took our car, rather than asking for a name said, "Brad, right?".

Our appointment was just okay. I had been in the average/normal range for fluid 3 weeks ago but yesterday I was at 25. Normal is 5-25 so anything else above will be considered polyhydramnios. It was hard to hear. I had been so thrilled that we did not have the excess fluid, indicating her swallowing was not that compromised. We are lucky we have gotten this far with it staying normal and it may maintain rather than go up next week, we will just have to wait and see. If it continues to rise we will have to address it further. There are risks with severe poly including premature labor, cord prolapse and the baby having difficulty staying in the proper position.

Livvy was pretty quiet since I had not eaten for a couple of hours so Dr. L. opted to do a Non-Stress Test (NST) just to monitor her heartrate, my uterine contractions and her activity. She passed with flying colors which I knew she would. She was just resting. We won't necessarily have to do the NST each time if I can just remember to eat before our appointments.

Her estimated weight at 34 weeks, 1 day is 5lbs. 9oz. which is great. She is in the 62nd percentile. Dr. L. said that CDH babies weight estimates can sometimes estimate low because the abdomen, which comprises part of the estimate is not as large because the contents are in the chest cavity. I think she will end up being somewhere around 8lbs, which is great.

I talked to the doctor about the menstrual like cramps, going down into my upper thighs that I was having earlier this week. He said that because Livvy has moved down more that me carrying around Miles and doing other activity can cause alot of strain on my ligaments. I guess I will have to try to not carry the cuddle bug around as much and slow down on some daily activity. I also talked to him about Livvy being pretty quiet the last two days and he said that it is likely because I am not eating often enough. I need to be doing the 6-8 small meals a day which can be a challenge with Miles and Aria. They end up eating my food alot :)

I guess that is all for now. We are expecting snow again this weekend and still have the snow from 3 weeks ago on the ground. This is much different than Wichita. Mom is heading up this weekend and Tony and Crissi will join us on Sunday. Aria is looking forward to her "presents" and seeing Dooda and Tony and Crissi. Miles just likes the activity and attention.

I hope everyone is enjoying the impending holiday break. I have my next appt. next Thursday when I will be 35 weeks, 1 day.

Merry Christmas. Love, Amy and crew


Anonymous said...

LOL about the valet knowing your names. Merry Christmas, I hope you have a safe and peaceful holiday.

Elizabeth said...

Just had to stop by and say I am thinking of you all!

I hope you have a wonderful Holiday!

BTW - I still think you have the most beautiful children - and Livvy is just a ham for the ultrasound!