Thursday, February 14th, 2008
34 and 6/7ths Week Ultrasound Update
Original title: Baby X is Growing Impatient
My wife and I had a conversation last night that went something like this:
"My water broke!"
"I’m sorry, no, you probably peed on yourself."
late night visit to the hospital. Yay! There we received conflicting
results. One test said, "No way!" and the other test said, "Yes way!"
So we’ll be returning for an ultrasound this morning to check amniotic fluid levels. (Woo hoo! Another ultrasound picture I get to play with!) We could be induced and delivering in the next 24 hours, or continue to full-term on our due date (March 22).
he comes early, we’re told that although his lungs will be
underdeveloped, he won’t receive steroid treatments because at this
"late" stage they wouldn’t help much.
regarding that other pesky question, no, we haven’t agreed upon a name.
I’m told we have seven days from birth and then an employee of the
Social Security Administration rips open a phone book and slams his
index finger down on a name, and there we go.
Update #1: We’re home and will be checking Mom’s temperature every two hours, but we’re probably in good shape. I’ll share a little more detail and an ultrasound after we’ve had a chance to eat lunch and loosen up.
Update #2 (Final?): Here is a recap and the rest of the story. Dear ol’ Mum felt a trickle last night and was certain her water was breaking. At the hospital, nitrazene strips indicated she was leaking amniotic fluid, but a visit by Mr. Speculum indicated everything was fine. We were sent home with an ultrasound scheduled the next morning. Sporadic leakage was confirmed by nitrazene strip at home through the night.
This morning, the weather inside was dry and balmy. The ultrasound revealed ample fluid in the amniotic sac. He is still a he and we learned his estimated current weight is 6.2lb (2800 grams).
So, the consensus is that we experienced a tiny leak and the hole has since sealed or is sealing itself. Mom will be monitoring her temperature. If a hole exists in the sac, there is a risk of infection to both mom and baby and an abnormal temperature would be an obvious warning sign.
But, unless something new crops up, we’re back on track for a March delivery. And now… some pictures…
My wife crafted the text label on the second image.