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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Counting Down

At Thursday's appointment we had the ultrasound first before seeing the doctor. I was surprised that on the short drive over, I felt some of those same nerves that I always associate with ultrasound visits. Even at this stage the familiar worries return. I think I'll always be that way when it comes to ultrasounds. I guess old habits do die hard.

Anyway, baby Lily looked so great! The tech took her time doing all of the necessary measurements, and we got good looks at her brain, heart, and kidneys. The amniotic fluid level was good, as well as the blood flow around the cord. It was interesting to see that she is in the position that I suspected - head down, body along the left side of my belly, and feet tucked just below my ribs on my right side. We were not expecting to leave with a few new snapshots of our girl, but we did get another profile shot (2D) and a pretty good pic of her face in 3D! I've added the two new images to the ultrasound photo link in the sidebar if you'd like to check them out. Maybe this sounds strange, but I still don't have a clear picture in my head of what she actually looks like. As many peeks as we've had, I guess nothing will compare to actually seeing her face to face.

So, you probably remember that the point of this ultrasound was to try to determine the baby's size. Based on the measurements, they think she weighs 7 pounds, 13 ounces! That was Thursday, so at that time she still had 12 days of growing to do before her scheduled delivery day. We are pretty certain that she'll be more than 8 pounds at birth. It was a huge relief simply to see that she is continuing to do well. I feel like a broken record when I say this, but it still boggles my mind that we could be this far along with a healthy pregnancy. I think after going through multiple losses you begin to train yourself to think that it could never happen inside your womb, but I believe that every day of her existence has been nothing short of a miracle. As of today we are 38 weeks pregnant and 14 days away from the official due date. Incredible!

Next we saw Dr. R for the weekly visit. She went over all of the ultrasound images, measurements, and charts, and said the baby is looking really good. She also determined that she did not think it was necessary to move the delivery to an earlier date. We are still shooting for September 21! The baby's chest circumference was in the 90th percentile and her other measurements were in the 80th. The doctor certainly acknowledged that Lily has grown fairly quickly in the last few weeks, but was confident that waiting until 39 weeks will be best for her. Lily could decide otherwise! After the exam, though, she said things are still firm and closed and the baby has not dropped, so nothing major has started happening. I do have contractions every day and sometimes quite a few in the evenings, but they have not been regular enough to cause us to make any phone calls to nurses or family members just yet!

We are using this weekend to relax at home and get caught up on laundry, grocery shopping, and house cleaning. After this one, we have only one more weekend until her arrival! We are in awe every day and it doesn't take much for us to get teary-eyed when we think of all of it: the long, bumpy road behind us, our babies in heaven, God's faithfulness through hard times, and our overwhelming joy as we prepare to meet our sweet baby girl in just ten short days!

This is a little chalkboard sign that my dear husband made a few weeks ago for us to use as a countdown calendar. He drew the birdie on it and he updates it for me every morning! :)

21 comments:

Lulu said...

Aw honey...I so cannot WAIT for the "SHE'S HERE" blog. So thrilled for you both :)

andreajennine said...

So excited for you!

Sunny said...

Stacey, I continue to feel that joy right along side you and the feeling of "is this really happening?!" God's goodness is AWESOME!!!!!! Can't wait to see her little face.

gg said...

WOW! 7/13. she's a healthy baby girl. your hubby is one talented artist. great idea. take care of yourself. i'm still continuing to pray for you guys. :) love ya!

Jo said...

Stacey I feel so much joy along with you both. I am so excited to think that very soon we will be reading your blog, hearing all about little Lily's arrival into the world. I can't wait! And am so glad that you got your package in the mail safely, hope you liked it!

twondra said...

I'm so happy for you and so glad things are going so well!

Love the chalkboard sign. :) Soooo precious!!

Chuck said...

Thanks GG. That's quite a compliment coming from you!

Jana said...

how sweet!!!!

jennie said...

Stacey i have not followed your blog long but i am truly happy for you and your husband! You are proof that God does create miracles out any situation. I continue to pray for you and lily these next few weeks as you approach the long awaited day of lily's arrival! God bless you and your family!

Becky said...

Too cute! What a fun idea to countdown the days. I am getting so excited, I can't wait! Keeping you all in prayer.

Kathryn said...

Hugs, dear, & wishing you all the best. :)

Sharon said...

Aah! Bless Chuck for that beautiful gesture of a count down board! The time is going to fly now!
So excited for you!

~ Katie ~ said...

You have a sweet hubby! Can't wait to see "real" pics of little Lily and all the pics to come after.

woohoo!!

Connie said...

Cannot wait to see that baby girl, my sweet sweet niece face to face and she'll get to see who's been making all of that noise! ;) XOXOXO

Rachel said...

Oh my gosh Stacey, the chalk board count down thing that your husband does is so adorable and sweet. How sweet it will be for Lily to know how excited her Daddy was to meet her! ACK! Your ticker says 38 weeks! woohoo! Counting down with you.... although I wish you could have taken my surgery spot for today :)

Birdie said...

SO glad to hear that baby Lily is still doing well!! And I LOVE that adorable little chalkboard. How sweet that your husband made it. I'm so happy for you!!

Andrea said...

So exciting!!!

Katie said...

Oh, that chalkboard is SOOOO sweet!

I am glad she is looking so great and that your long wait is almost over. It's going to be such a happy day! It's also my father and mother-in-law's birthday, so I can vouch that the 21st is a great day, unless of course, she decides to come earlier on her own!

iamstacey said...

The chalkboard just made my eyes tear up! I love it when my husband gets excited, too. How sweet of your hubby. I can't believe there's only 10 more days to go! It's too exciting! :)

Jenn said...

All I know to say is "WOW". How very, very exciting. Can't wait to hear the news!

Jenn said...

All I know to say is "WOW". How very, very exciting. Can't wait to hear the news!