Monday, September 15, 2008

Meet...

the little guy!


Well, at least part of him! He has legs, feet, arms and hands but it just gets too confusing if you try to get a picture of those, too! I thought this one was funny because he looks like he is smiling. More than likely, he is taking a gulp of amniotic fluid...but humor me for now and let me think what I want!

We had an appointment on Tuesday with Dr. B and another on Wednesday with Dr. C. Both went well. Having never had an anatomical scan with Dr. C, perinatologist/maternal fetal specialist, it was neat to see how thoroughly they looked at his heart. No visible abnormalities were found and, of course, that is a relief. Dr. C thought my cervical length looked so good that weekly scans are no longer necessary. This is a good thing! Initially, the weekly scans were intended to monitor for cervical incompetence and need for a cerclage. Considering the number of contractions I have along with the intensity, my cervix is holding like a champ. I don't have cervical incompetence and he would not consider a prophylactic cerclage at this point. The problems are, as we expected, preterm labor and the issues related to my clotting disorder. Dr. C is in agreement with my using terbutaline as needed. We also talked about short term and long term goals and his plans for "if " scenario A happens or "if" scenario B happens...etc. That was my doings because I need to know the plan. The very, short term goal is to make it to 25 weeks. I want much longer than that! Overall, we had a good appointment and we with a lot of questions answered.

Dr. B called this morning, wanting to hear how yesterday's appointment went. (I think it takes a few days for him to receive their report...and that is just how he is!) While he is in agreement with Dr. C's recommendation, he will continue weekly scans for a little while longer "just to be safe." The main reason being, in his words, for his "peace of mind." I am all about his peace of mind. Considering our history, I think he wants me to have this baby about as much as we do. He is also adding a low dose of antibiotics, "just to be safe." What is one more pill when you already take 8 a day? And 9 to 10 if I take the terbutaline?

There you have it. The latest update. I am still hanging out on the couch. We are blessed to receive meals on a routine basis. I cannot explain how much this eases Blake's load. Thank you, thank you. I have a new workstation that make typing more ergonomically pleasing. I will have to share a picture soon. Exciting or what? I am a sure that will keep you coming back for more!

Again, we ask for continued prayer. I am now 21 weeks and 1 day and have surpassed one milestone. Things seem to be going as good as they can right now. I want to keep it that way!

***if you read this earlier, it said I was 22 weeks. Unfortunately, I got a little ahead of myself. Sorry for the confusion. I am only 21.


18 comments:

Rachel said...

He is simply beautiful.

kelly w said...

hey danielle! i added you to our sunday school prayer list this past sunday. lots of great women who can definitely sympathize with your journey...many stopped me after class asking if i had more details i could give them. i had to explain that although we were the best of friends in our early years, i just get to keep up with you through your blog now! i am praying for you daily. for that cervix to hold strong and NO preterm labor! thanks for taking the time to update your blog! and the pic is beautiful!

Heather said...

You're little one is adorable! I'm praying for you, Blake and the baby everyday.

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful baby boy that you are growing!! bigger and bigger every day...on and on!! your mom had to get me back on track...the old blog "i'm still here" kept coming up so it was with delight when your mom said...just look, i"m not going to say a word" and up popped your boy!! sounds like a great report...wonderful, wonderful!! love, bettie

Anonymous said...

Yes! Go team! I LOVE getting this great news! And the picture is adorable! Medical science is so amazing to me! The prayers will keep coming! Jill

Karina said...

I am still praying for you daily, though I don't know you, and it was so good to hear this news! It sounds like you are in good spirits today, and that is a blessing in itself. What a sweet little boy!

Carla and Daryl said...

what an awesome picture! he is so adorable already! it must have been really exciting at the ultrasound. how sweet...

i'm glad you are doing well and you have such wonderful doctors that really seem to be rooting for the little guy just as much as you!
carla

Carrie said...

Great news and a great picture! Already handsome!
Thanks for the update and we continue to keep you all in our prayers!

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm just bawling!!! We love you and Blake and this baby SO much!!! Buddy and Tricia

Anonymous said...

he's looking like a malone alright. it's really good to hear that you got a good report from dr c. we love ya'll. - jac

The Pevahouses said...

Aaawwww! He is so precious and beautiful! What a great picture! Thank you for letting us see your sweet little one. Thinking of you, blake, and baby often!! ...Nugget and Olive, too!

Juli Beck said...

PRECIOUS LITTLE ONE...very thoughtful of you and Blake to post the picture. What a treasure!
Love, Juli

stance. said...

What an amazing picture! I just can't wait to meet him! Praise God for such a great report from the doctors and for ergonomically pleasing typing capabilities :)

We are praying for you, and in fact, lots of people asked about you this weekend in Charlottesville. I'm glad to have such a wonderful update to email out now. Talk to you later!

Rochelle said...

Excellent news. God bless you and your baby.

Anonymous said...

Danielle and Blake,

I know we've probably never met but I'm a friend of Anne Claire's. I saw Lucy today and she filled me in on everything that has been going on in your lives. I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking about you as you await your baby's arrival. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lucy Fleming

Veronica said...

Danielle, hang in there! I am praying for you friend! I know bed rest can be a long and boring road but continue to "wait on the Lord". He will meet your needs and bless you in mighty ways b/c His grace is so sufficient for us! Your little guy is precious and I am so excited for you both. Thanks for keeping us updated! I love you and think of you often!! Love, Vern

Carla & Ryan said...

Danielle,

Melanie just told me about your blog and that you were expecting again. I want you to know that you are in my prayers. I hope and pray that all your doctors are able to provide you & the baby with the best of care so that he stays inside of you long enough to grow & arrives here healthy! I am looking forward to your updates and cheering you on throughout your bed rest! :)

Rachel said...

Danielle- How regularly are you getting meals? Can I help out?