Our appointment was at 3:00pm and we fnished up at chemo at about 2:50pm, so we had to get moving pretty quickly. Luckily my OB's office is literally right around the corner from the cancer center, so we made it right on time, albeit soaking wet from the nutso storm that was raging outside. Think rain and wind making umbrellas unusable and car doors tough to open. It certainly made our day that much more memorable.
The appointment kicked off with an extra long ultrasound where the tech measured measured just about anything that could be measured on little Baby G, including arms, legs, head, neck, bladder, heartbeat, etc. We got to see the little guy or girl squirming around and looking pretty content in there. It was such an incredible experience to share with Charlie, one that I will never forget.
We then met with Dr. Mulchandani to talk about how everything is going. She said that Baby's hearbeat is great, everything is where it is supposed to be, and Baby G is even measured at 75-90% on size! This is extra good news because chemo can lead to smaller babies and low birthweights. It's very reassuring to know that despite everything that we're both going through, our baby is healthy and growing well. The final good news Dr. M had for us was that all of my doctors (and I've got a lot of them!) are in agreement that delivering at 37 weeks is the best plan for me and the baby. Even though it's 3 weeks shy of the full 40 week gestation, it is when the lungs (which are the last major organ to fully mature) are typically fully developed. I was told by the materal fetal medicine doctors that they would feel comfortable delivering any time after 26 weeks, so to hear that Baby G will very likely spend no time in the NICU was such a relief. There is still plenty of time between now and then for things to change, but, God willing, Baby G should arrive sometime around Valentine's Day 2012!
The ultrasound tech told us that the next big ultrasound happens at 36 weeks, so it was music to my ears when Dr. M said she wanted to see me for an ultrasound at 24 and 28 weeks to make monitor Baby's growth. I was sad when I thought I'd have to wait another 4 months before getting see our baby ... I can't wait to see our little baby again, and so soon!
We've stuck to our guns and still don't know whether Baby G is a boy or a girl. It seems most people have very strong opinions on this topic, but I haven't regretted for one moment that we've decided to wait until our baby makes his or her appearance to find out whether we've got a his or a her on our hands. I love the suspense, I love daydreaming about both possibilities, I love the speculation, I love that we can share in the experience that both Charlie's and my parents and grandparents had when they were expecting their kids. I love it all!
Finally, I have to say, I felt so much better after the second round of chemo than the first, and I know it was all due to the fact that we had such a great baby appointment. I wish I could do it this way every time!
Now for the best part: ultrasound pictures for your viewing pleasure!
|Ok, not exactly an ultrasound, but how cool is this? |
From my super thoughtful law school powederpuff team. Thanks, guys!
|Profile and little fist|
|Last but not least, Baby's face ... and chubby litte cheeks! |
Don't you just love him or her already? I know we do.