Thursday, November 25, 2010

6 more days.. :)

Time is really starting to fly by now!! Only six days until Evan is here, WOW! Still doesn't seem real yet. We had our last OB appointment on Tuesday. Evan is doing wonderful, his estimated weight was 7lbs 9oz, big boy! I'm still sticking with my guess of 7lbs14oz, we will see. The OB was explaining the heart defect to the ultrasound tech and pointed out some things to her, and then said something along the lines of "the best prognosis you can have with hypoplastic left heart..". Made me smile to hear that. I'm still 1/3 of the way done dilating so I'm very glad I will have a headstart on Wednesday lol I'm thinking I will progress quickly, we'll see! Scott and I have decided to stay the night in a hotel in St Pete on Tuesday, that way we can sleep a little longer since we have to be at the hospital at 6 AM. This will probably be my last update until we have Evan, it's just a waiting game now, but I will make sure to update (when I feel up to it) after Evan is born. And just a FYI.. neither Scott or I will have our phones turned on until after Evan is born and things are 'settled' so you may go awhile without hearing an update; just assume everything is ok! We will be going thru a lot on Wednesday and your patience and understanding will be appreciated..

We are still praying for a miracle for our sweet baby boy.. So you keep praying too! I know God has amazing plans for our son and we are trusting in him to keep Evan safe. <3

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Update :)

Today we had our 36 week OB appt and the last fetal echo of Evan's heart until he is born. It's been quite an interesting day! Our OB appt was this morning. The nurse checked my cervix and turns out I am 3cm dilated and 50% effaced. I have been having some pretty strong contractions the last two days and feeling a lot of pressure so I knew something was going on, but I wasn't expecting to be that dilated! Good thing is I am already 1/3 of the way done with the "labor" lol Gives us a good head start for when I'm induced. We had our weekly u/s before we met with the DR and everything is great still, Evan was being lazy and didn't want to move for once so we had to wait a while to get fetal movement. We met with the DR and she was concerned that I had dilated this much already, and doesn't want me to go into active labor just yet so she prescribed me Procardia. It's a med for chest pain, lol, but apparently they use it to stop contractions/labor. So I'm assuming I will be on that for another 2 weeks until my induction date, I'm going to find out more on Tuesday at our next appointment. Luckily I wasn't put on bedrest, that would suck, she just told me to "take it easy" and don't exert myself. We are very, very lucky we did not end up in labor and delivery this morning! I would have been disappointed too, I'm really looking forward to our Thanksgiving dinner this Saturday!!

After the OB we headed to All Children's for the fetal echo. Evan is 6 pounds, 5 ounces and doing great! Cardiologist said he looks to be very healthy, with the exception of the HLHS of course. He scored another '10' on his cardiac profile. I am very glad to report there are no leaky valves or other complications :) The cardiologist says this is a very straight forward case of HLHS. It's kind of bittersweet.. He also said there shouldn't be a problem with us being able to hold Evan for 30 minutes or so right after he's born before they start the IV.. YAY!! :) Best news I've heard in a long time. I know it doesn't seem like a lot but I was expecting maybe a couple of minutes so it's a lot to me! Hopefully the DRs and nurses will go along with that time frame though!

So that's where we stand right now. We won't be seen again until Tuesday, hopefully Evan can hang out for 13 more days, but I'm not gonna lie I am very very anxious to meet our little boy <3

Saturday, November 13, 2010

18 more days!

December 1st is our "official" induction date. I feel like the last 7 weeks have gone by so fast! We are prepared to bring Evan home; his nursery is complete, but we haven't even begun to prepare for our stay at the hospital. Well wait, I take that back, I did call the Ronald McDonald house in St. Pete and reserve a room for our 4-6 week expected stay. It seems so surreal that in less than 3 weeks Evan is going to be here and this journey will "officially" begin. I have mentally prepared myself as much as I can but I still feel clueless about the whole situation. I don't think reality will sink in until after Evan's born and 24 hours later we will still be at the very beginning of our hospital stay instead of loading up in the car to bring him home... I'm still trying to stay strong, but it's so hard to trust in the Lord that everything is going to be ok. I pray for peace all the time and I feel like God has answered that prayer but I still can't help but wonder if the first time I hold Evan will also be the last..

This Thursday we have my 36 week OB appointment and our 4th and final Fetal Echo. I will make sure to update after those appointments.. Til then, keep Evan in your prayers please!