We had our appt this morning. The fluid keeps going down, today was 6.5, barely above freedom amount. (As a reference: when I left the hospital on Christmas it was about 6.4. Two days later (when I was admitted) it was 3.1. 10 days ago it was all the way up to 8.7 which was the peak, and has been coming down since then.) The biggest thing I’ve been worrying about with the fluids going down is external leak leading to infection. A leak wouldn’t be terrible, we could go for several more weeks. But with an infection they would likely deliver right away. Today they did some more tests and concluded that the leak is very small and there is no infection at this time! So that was a huge relief. The OB and the MFM today were the nicest ones and my favorite in their respective categories and they were so calming and reassuring! I left the appt very relaxed, even though it doesn’t sound like the greatest news.
I have to start taking my temperature daily (watching for signs of infection) and if anything changes at all with anything I’m supposed to go right back in. They will do all the same tests on Tuesday when I go back for our next ultrasound. I drank about 6-7 liters of fluid yesterday, so I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to keep the fluid up by drinking! But tomorrow is 4 weeks since the surgery and 29 weeks gestation; a few weeks ago we weren’t sure we’d make it this far, so we are very happy :).
Calvin is active and kicking, and his heart is strong. He seems to really enjoy milkshakes and listening to music, and often gets the hiccups right at bedtime (plus a few other times each day. He gets it from his daddy who has the hiccups ALL THE TIME.)
We watched him move his legs and feet today, and I often feel kicks where his feet are (by my belly button). He has been in the same position since they moved him for the surgery and it is hard to see the back of his brain to check if the cerebellum has come back up. The MFM today thinks he saw a little bit of cerebellum which is good. The ventricles were 18 before this week, on Tuesday they were 16 and today one was 16 and one was 18. So that was confusing. The tech said it could be positional. But at least they aren’t getting bigger! (We would like them to be smaller- under 10 is ideal.)
The ward here is fabulous. There is one woman who is due a day after me that comes to visit every week. She was on hospital bed rest for 5 weeks with her last baby (her water broke at 29 weeks). Every week she brings a new sister from the ward so I get to meet a lot of new people. And last night she told me she talked to a woman who wants to come do maternity photos for us! And my mom said that in RS this week she asked if my mom thought it would be ok if they threw me a baby shower. They are the sweetest!!!
I am looking forward to Nate’s mom and dad coming next week, and Nate getting back the week after that. I love opening the care package gifts from Nate’s family every day, I really look forward to it and have been so excited by all the gifts! Thank you all again!!
We are so grateful for all the love, prayers, and support that we have been the recipients of this last month. We are so blessed with amazing friends and family!
(And Calvin and Nate)