Meredith! I am so psychedto hear this update!! Your attitude is fabulous. And yay for your home birth!
As your fellow mama experiencing the odd world of soft markers, I just wanted to tell you I am right where you are after this week. Enough - no amnio, no more worrying needlessly as long as baby is healthy in there.
I also feel like updating - I had a HUGE fall this week Which was on my bum but really hard. So, I went back for yet another ultrasound.
Baby was FINE. Placenta, cervix, etc all great. Femurs still short ;) and what made me want to share -- baby was similar with ultrasound tech / he refused to give a profile shot. Literally flipped from side to side/bum and full face shots only!
She was AWFUL. She took the Doppler thing (whatever it's called) and prodded my belly obnoxiously to get him to give a profile.
I was like "it's ok, we have already seen the profile," but she was so aggressive-- I hated her. Seriously.
Pretty scary-- falling -- but because everything was thankfully fine, it somehow put things into perspective: I LOVE THIS BABY ALREADY. I don't want any more damn tests or stress.
Plus, I looked on the ultrasound report after-- and yes, on the scale the femur was smaller than the head size, it was measuring what looked like 20-30 percentile, with the head around 40th? I don't really understand what they mean by small.
Who in this world is perfectly proportioned anyway?!
And then I saw another dr from my practice after the ultrasound, to listen to heartbeat and confirm all was ok post fall - I asked him about the measurements and he said "eh, it's sort of too early to pay attention to those measurements. They are all variations of normal.
Man, it's all so confusing -- just give me peace and sweet baby kicks and JOY.
Enough damn ultrasounds!
Ok enough rant - and so happy you will get your home birth!
Originally Posted by MeredithA
Janelle, I bet even if the airport can't switch your seat, the passenger next to you probably will...people tend to be nice to 31 week pregnant women on planes, especially since you'll have to make him stand up and let you out to pee every hour LOL!!! :-)
Cookie, I completely understand. I am having my last baby. My 3RD BOY! When I found out, I thought about little tiny moments that I would be missing out on...like french braiding my daughters hair like my mom used to do for me...and it was a little sad, but the more I thought about it, the happier I became and now I am absolutely delighted to be having another boy. Let yourself feel the sadness, but I bet it will be temporary...and know that when your baby boy comes, you won't be able to imagine life any other way :-)
I had my follow up ultrasound today. At the last one, they found 3 down syndrome markers (echogenic foci on the heart, enlarged fluid filled kidneys, and short femurs) and offered to do an amnio, which I declined. They had me convinced I had a downs baby. The good news is the kidneys are looking normal now! The echogenic foci is still there but in no way impacting the blood flow or function of the heart, so that isn't as big of a deal anymore. The femurs are still short. In fact, his arms were measuring short as well today. Both the arm bones and the femurs were in the <3% category. And overall, baby is measuring a bit small (21 weeks, and I should be 23 weeks 2 days). So guess what the doctor says? "He could have dwarfism. Short limbs in comparison to the rest of his body and overall slower growth indicate dwarfism. I'd like to see you back and we can continue to monitor the heart and limb growth". Oh, and he said an amnio could check for some gene related to dwarfism, which of course I declined. Uhhhh...what???? DWARFISM?! Is he trying to scare the crap out of me every time I see him to see how long it takes me to have a nervous breakdown?! Overall, I like this doctor because he never rushes appointments and takes the time to answer questions and review everything carefully. He'll even let you text his cell with questions. Nice man. But I feel like he the constant "Your baby might have __<insert horrible condition here>____" talks just aren't good for me. So, hubby and I asked the doctor about home birth and baby's possible condition. Basically, he said that he didn't see anything on the ultrasound that made him think baby was medically fragile or unable to have a home birth. He just wanted to "monitor" baby. Hubby and I left the office and talked about it. The only thing that makes us both feel comfortable is to quit all further monitoring. No more ultrasounds. No more tests. We love our little boy, and if he isn't medically fragile, we don't see a good reason to have a bunch more ultrasounds just to "monitor" a condition that isn't going to really impact baby's health.
As a side note, baby hated the ultrasound. The tech kept trying to get a measurement of his head, and he actually flipped upside down to escape. When she had me lay on my side so she could reach his head and get the measurement, he flipped back around and started kicking like crazy. We didn't even get a good picture of his head/face because he just wouldn't sit still for it. We did get a picture of his feet, which was adorable. Seeing his response to the ultrasound and feeling his frantic kicks just made me more at peace with my decision to stop with all this testing...and I have to say, I haven't felt as peaceful and happy about this pregnancy as I do right now.