Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Halfway Point

I'm 20 weeks today! I know this picture is a little weird, but Justin thought it was a good idea to give you a couple of "landmarks" to help you figure out exactly what you're looking at. This is Brigham's face, mostly covered by his hands. He would NOT move them so we could get a picture of just his face. Oh well, his fingers are cute too :) Anyways, the "landmarks" are; the blue dots are his nostrils and the red line is the line between his top and bottom lip. Now that you know where everything is, enjoy the picture without the funny marks :) I had an appointment at the Maternal-Fetal Center at Banner Good Sam. Another hour-long ultrasound and talking to a doctor afterward. We got mostly the same information as last week. Brigham is still a little too small (too early in the pregnancy) to be able to give concrete predictions, but we're getting closer.
To estimate severity, they do a lung-to-head measurement ratio. It gives the doctors an idea of how squished for space the lungs are in relation to his overall size. As of today, the doctor said the ratio looks more favorable than unfavorable, but all the studies these measurements are based upon are usually done between 24 and 26 weeks. Soooo, I will go back to their office in 4-6 weeks for another look.
From what I understood, this appointment at 24-26 weeks will be when we have a much better idea of what will be happening when he's born.
Even though I'm regularly seeing a specialist, the doctor today was even more of a specialist and I felt like the info he gave me had a little more "plausibility". Which is good news for me because overall, I liked what he said a little bit better. I will still be having a planned induction (just to make sure Brigham's born on a weekday, during daylight hours so all the teams can be there without too much hassle). This doctor, however said in his experience, a C-section is not necessarily always warranted. As long as Brigham is head down, and there are no other foreseeable problems, there's no real reason not to try a "regular" delivery. He also seemed to have a little more confidence in Banner Desert's ability to possibly be able to care for Brig. This would be great if it really works out, because it's closer. :)
It's fun to be able to keep seeing Brigham. Today was my 3rd ultrasound in the last 2 weeks. He sure is a swimmer! He is constantly wiggling while the ultrasound techs are trying to measure him and in the last couple weeks has flipped from head down to breech and back to head down again. I know he's still pretty small (about 10 ounces and 10 inches head-to-heel) but pretty soon he's going to start running out of room to flip all over the place!
I have a fetal cardiology appointment on Thursday this week and then it's almost already time for my regular appointment at PPA (the regular specialist).
Lucky lucky me, I have a lot of good friends in the ward who are more than willing to help watch Carrie while I'm running all over town to go to doctor's appointments. And again, lucky lucky me, Carrie is very easygoing and doesn't mind being babysat a lot. She's such a good girl.
Now that I've written a book about Brigham, I'll take a little break and write a post solely about Carrie soon. We've been working on switching her from the "baby" room to her "big-girl" room. We haven't actually made "the big move" yet, but the rooms are almost totally re-decorated and ready to go. I hope you're all anxiously waiting for me to show off pictures of my craftiness and Justin's handiness in helping me get everything done.


Jacob & Clarissa said...

Wow, you are one busy lady! I hope you are still feeling ok about everything and aren't exhausted yet from all these appointments. Thanks for keeping everything so up to date. It's nice to know what's going on.

Jessica Rodgers said...

let me know if you need more help. I had to do three apt a week with alaina and I totally understand! I am here if you need me!

Jenna said...

Rebecca, sorry for all you're going through! You guys are in my prayers. Keep us posted.

On the plus side, you look awesome! Are you sure you're pregnant? JK.

Alysha Smith said...

That is actually a really cool picture! Glad to hear things are going "ok" keep us posted.

LUCKY7 said...

Can't wait for the pics of the new rooms. that is always so fun!
The other day I was on your blog and Brigg saw the picture of carrie and I think he fell in love. Ha ha! He wouldn't let me scroll down to read because he just wanted to look at her and point and talk to her. It was really cute. Maybe we should get together so they can play and we could craft :)