Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Quick Update...All is Well

Good news at our ultrasound today! Brooklyn's ventricles are about the same size as last time, which means the fluid in her brain is stable and not rapidly increasing. Praise God!

Of course, we would like all that fluid to simply disappear, but one step at a time. For now, we are rejoicing in what was actually a pretty uneventful appointment. Jeff was able to meet me there this time, so I feel kinda bad that we were in and out of the ultrasound pretty quickly. No sneak peeks at her cute little nose or even those kicking feet. But we both realize we can't expect every single appointment to be some momentous occasion, and honestly, it was kinda nice that it wasn't. Hearing a simple "all is well" is more than okay with us these days.

Miss Brooklyn is weighing in at a petite 3 lbs, 1 oz, which puts her at about the 23 percentile and definitely within normal growth rates. (A very good thing!) However, because she is a little bit on the smaller side, our OB is being cautious and would like to make sure she is getting enough oxygen, which means he wants me to start having weekly (yes, WEEKLY) NST tests...ugh!...on top of seeing me for regular appointments every 2 weeks...ugh!....and an ultrasound every 3 weeks...grumble, grumble, grumble...

Now, I don't mean to be whiny preggo, but I would be lying if I didn't admit that this makes me a tad frustrated. These appointments literally take half a day. Today, for example, was 5 hours from the time I left my house until the time I picked up my little ladies. Five hours! Last time was 6 hours. That's a long time for my wonderful babysitters (love you, sisters!) and kinda exhausting for this mama. BUT, it is part of the deal, Brooklyn is totally worth it, and, well, we gotsta get used to it. So suck it up I will.

Our OB is willing to let me do some of the NST tests at Palos, so I don't have to go out there EVERY time, which I suppose is a little better. Right?!?!???? Yes, yes it is (...as I inhale five more peanut butter M&Ms...)

Anywho... she is still in position for a normal delivery (which they are really encouraging us to do), and she is really moving a lot -- hands and feet! Jeff gets to feel her move all of the time, and both girls love talking to my belly and making her kick. (I swear she knows their voices!) I know how much joy it brings to my heart every time I feel her move, and it is so awesome that they get to enjoy that now too. We get to rejoice as a family, and it only makes us that much more excited to meet her.

So, my friends, that is the scoop. As always, thank you for your prayers. You are all taking a part in our baby's life and our family's journey, and we are eternally grateful for the work your prayers have done. Next ultrasound in 3 weeks...let's hope it's just as uneventful! :)


Virginia's Mommy said...

I'm so glad that everything is going well. We are praying for you and little Brooklyn!

Jen E. said...

Great news! Getting more and more excited to meet her! I'm available for babysitting if you need me :)

Jennifer said...

That is such wonderful news! We are continuing to pray for everyone! If you ever need anything, I'm just a phone call/email away!

Katie at A List Maker's Life said...

I was praying for sweet Brooklyn this AM and so glad to hear this update that there was no new fluid in your ultrasound. I hope that you have people close by who are able to share the load on watching your other little ones while you are constantly at the Dr. Thinking of you.

Jen said...

Glad to hear all is going well! I had weekly NSTs and then THRICE WEEKLY at the end. I'll tell ya, as hard as it is now, enjoy it. It will be the last time you will ever sit down! :-)