Thirteen weeks ago, we were working to get our baby to 24 weeks before I went into labor. It's such a blessing that we are now at 35 weeks and 2 days, and baby girl seems to be doing well! Thank you so much for your prayers...I truly feel they have gotten us to this point.
Last Thursday (May 7), I had my final appointment and ultrasound with my MFM doctors at Bergan. They did a full scan of baby, and Dr. Fleming was very happy with her development. Her structure looks good, her amniotic fluid looks good, her activity is good, and they estimated her weight at the time to be approximately 4 lbs. 10 oz. She is just under the 50th percentile still for growth, but not too far off. She won't be 9 lbs. 14.5 oz. like Emily, but with each day that passes we are hoping she packs on a little more weight. And who knows? Emily was supposed to be "average size," and she certainly surprised us all...maybe this little one will too. =)
Of course we still have some fears. We won't know until she gets here, and maybe not even for a while after, if this little one suffered any lasting effects of TTTS. Our concern is mainly any neurological issue. We are hoping and praying that she is a happy, healthy little girl.
I saw my primary OB yesterday, and he is planning on removing my cerclage next Thursday. It is my hope that I can carry baby for a week or two past then just to give her a little more time to grow, and some might ask why not just wait to remove the cerclage. The cerclage is meant to prevent pre-term labor, but once your body reaches the natural point of going into labor, you don't want the cerclage in or it could cause some potential problems. (I won't go into those, but trust me, I don't want to experience them.)
So, it looks like the time is drawing near. We have mixed emotions...we are so ready to have this little girl here, to hold her and know that she is okay. But it will be hard, knowing for a time that we thought we would be bringing two precious ones home from the hospital. I praise God everyday, knowing that Allie is safe and loved with him, but I still miss her.
So I guess our prayers are for this little one to be healthy and arrive without complication, and for us to be able to rejoice in her birth even though we know there will be some feelings of sadness in the process.
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. You continue to bless us in so many ways along this journey.
Much love, Jessica