Need Input from the Pros - page 4

First, let me just say that over the last few weeks I've developed a profound appreciation for what nurses do on a daily basis. Whatever your are paid is not enough and all of you are deserving of... Read More

  1. by   Jolie
    Another week down!!!

    As I said before, one advantage (OK, the ONLY advantage) of having a high risk pregnancy like this is that it affords you and Mom the opportunity to get to know your little one so well before birth. I'm sure you've chosen a name by now and use it when you talk to her. You are also forwarned that 9-11pm is likely to be an active time for her!

    Both my girls "elbowed" me mercilessly from inside the womb. I could literally watch their pointy little elbows transverse my tummy as they turned. To this day, when we snuggle, I still get "elbowed", and always remind them that they were doing that to me long before they were even born!

    Congrats on another week!
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    WOW the strides you have made. Keep up the great work, you are nearly "home free" now.
  3. by   SusanJean
    Quote from StressedDad2Be
    I hope I'm not boring anyone by now with weekly updates.

    We're now at 32w1d and the little one is on a nightly routine of kicking mommy as hard as possible between 9pm and 11pm before tuckering herself out for the night. Not sure if there's fetal response at this point or not to voices on the outside, but she seems to kick less when I'm talking to my wife's stomach. Actually, she did manage to kick me in the face a few nights ago so she may find it annoying for all I know....
    Not at all - I'd be disappointed if we didn't get the updates and final result !
  4. by   sparkyRN
    Your baby absolutely can hear you and respond! Remember the thickness of mom's belly-skin, fat, muscle, uterine wall-- is not much at all (...of course, depending on her size.) And while baby is floating in amniotic fluid, there is still good sound conduction. Imagine you are in one room with the door closed and the tv is on several feet away in another. While you may not get it all, you probably can understand most of what is said. Now, you are only inches from your baby! Though she won't know what you're saying, she is picking up on you and your wife's speech, the tone of your voices. As the weeks go by they will eventually become familiar to her. Babies are just amazing! :spin:
  5. by   winewinn
    This is wonderful news! I began reading your posts from January and just wanted to say that I am a mom of a 27-weeker (a girl) with no problems to report at 3-1/2 years old! :-)

    (My water had broken at 24 weeks and I had lost so much fluid that the OBs thought I would have delivered within 48 hours. We held out on bedrest for 3 more weeks. I delivered because my placenta began to abrupt.)

    Here's hoping to a safe labor, delivery, & healthy baby girl!

    Jennifer


    Quote from StressedDad2Be
    I hope I'm not boring anyone by now with weekly updates.

    We're now at 32w1d and the little one is on a nightly routine of kicking mommy as hard as possible between 9pm and 11pm before tuckering herself out for the night. Not sure if there's fetal response at this point or not to voices on the outside, but she seems to kick less when I'm talking to my wife's stomach. Actually, she did manage to kick me in the face a few nights ago so she may find it annoying for all I know....
  6. by   dawngloves
    That is stressful!
    The steroids are going to help out lung wise, but you know every day in utero is very beneficial.If the baby comes in the next week or so, it's going to be a long road, although a very doable one.
    If your wife goes home on bedrest, make sure her enviroment is to her advantage. Phone, TV, snacks, water all in reach. Rub her back, buy her books and magazines. get her a laptop.
    Here is a site for bedrest support:
    www.sidelines.org.
    Lots of info for both of you!
    Good luck!
  7. by   StressedDad2Be
    Another week checked off the calendar. Today makes it 33w0d...or 9 weeks of total bedrest.

    She has an ultrasound appointment with the high risk specialist on Friday and a routine appointment with her doc today. I suspect that the results of Friday's ultrasound, while important and not to be dismissed, will not be as crucial should it look like her cervix is showing signs of shortening or funneling like it did back at 24 weeks.

    At her last appointment, the doctor told us should we get to 34 weeks, we could have the delivery at the hospital where she spent a month on bedrest, and which is closest to our home. Her opinion was that at 34 weeks, the non-NICU hospital would be properly equipped and if by chance we did need to transfer we'd address it after delivery. In addition, while my wife was still staying at said hospital the nurse that heads up the L&D wing told us that they'd have no problems delivering a 34 weeker.

    Until then,
    Still Stressed, But Not Nearly as Much
  8. by   sparkyRN
    Yeah!!!
    Every day is a good day!
    Have you been setting up the baby's room for mom? Has she got you painting or wallpapering? If you've been waiting, now would probably be a good time to take care of that.
  9. by   riern
    That's great! Sounds like everything will work out fine for you after all. You'd better start getting that room ready.

    Keep us posted!
  10. by   ShannonC
    Yay!! Things sound really good for you guys. I myself had my twins at 34 weeks and 3 days... and they came home from the hospital with me. They weighed 4-5 and 4-8. No o2 needed, no IVs, no big problems. Just some difficulty getting them to suck vigourously, but other than that, perfectly healthy little babies! And now, at almost 5 years old, I can't imagine them being more perfect.

    I am so happy and touched that you are coming back to give these updates. I only get to come on here periodically but when I get a chance to read your updates, I am so happy.
    Keep up the good work!
    -Shannon
  11. by   StressedDad2Be
    Today marks 1 day shy of 34 weeks, which is great.

    We had another ultrasound with the specialist last Friday. They're no longer looking at the cervical length given the number of weeks along my wife is currently at.

    The baby is healthy, but underweight...which is a new concern. They calculated her to weigh 3 pounds 12 ounces, which I belive is the 25th percentile for weight. Five weeks prior she was at the 50th percentile.

    The doctor said that we don't need to be concerned at this point (of course we are) but we should keep an eye on it, we're scheduled for another ultrasound in 3 weeks.

    I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, nothing has been easy with this pregnancy from the start...heavy spotting from 8 weeks to 12 weeks, something with the uterus (maybe it was the placenta don't know) not ascending as high it should around 16 weeks (it since has), then the short and funneling cervix at 24 weeks, than two checks for gestational diabetes at 28 weeks (that was later ruled out), and now underweight.

    I just want this whole ordeal over with...
  12. by   Jolie
    Quote from StressedDad2Be
    Today marks 1 day shy of 34 weeks, which is great.

    We had another ultrasound with the specialist last Friday. They're no longer looking at the cervical length given the number of weeks along my wife is currently at.

    The baby is healthy, but underweight...which is a new concern. They calculated her to weigh 3 pounds 12 ounces, which I belive is the 25th percentile for weight. Five weeks prior she was at the 50th percentile.

    The doctor said that we don't need to be concerned at this point (of course we are) but we should keep an eye on it, we're scheduled for another ultrasound in 3 weeks.

    I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, nothing has been easy with this pregnancy from the start...heavy spotting from 8 weeks to 12 weeks, something with the uterus (maybe it was the placenta don't know) not ascending as high it should around 16 weeks (it since has), then the short and funneling cervix at 24 weeks, than two checks for gestational diabetes at 28 weeks (that was later ruled out), and now underweight.

    I just want this whole ordeal over with...
    Congratulations on another milestone!

    I know that you will worry about the baby's weight, but I implore you not to! Ultrasounds at this late stage in pregnancy are notoriously inaccurate in determining fetal weight. At best, it is an estimate with a +/- margin of error of 25%. So your baby may actually weigh almost a full pound more than the estimate given.

    If your doctor was critically worried about the weight, he/she would most likely have repeated the ultrasound much sooner than 3 weeks.

    You will soon be out of the "high risk" category. Please enjoy these last few weeks, and keep us posted!
  13. by   DDRN4me
    hi "Dad" I have been reading your posts with great appreciation for you and your wife, and how hard you have been working to help this little one grow. Dont freak out about the weight, I had a 36 weeker who weighed 5 lbs, they were very concerned at first, IUGR, Small for gest age, etc. but she has always been fine, just thin. as a matter of fact, most people wish they looked like her! I'm thrilled you made it this far, and will continue to look forward to your posts. God Bless.

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