We received some good news and some bad news at the doctor's office this morning. Mostly good news! I'll start with the not-great stuff:
- Bed rest continues, probably until delivery. :( This isn't what we were hoping for, but we do realize it is what is best for the baby and so it shall be! I will continue to do work from home, as I have been told that doing work from my office is not allowed.
- I have gained 20 lbs! YIKES! I'm calling Ben & Jerry to complain. :)
See? Not much bad news. We came away with tons of good, though:
- On days when my contractions are behaving (usually the 48 hours following my weekly progesterone shot) I can CAUTIOUSLY move around a little bit more. Mostly I just have to stay close to the couch and listen very closely to my body.
- The baby is growing really really well. He is measuring a couple days ahead of schedule and is in the 55th percentile for overall growth (1 lb, 10 oz). FIFTY-FIFTH! I wondered if there was an extra 5 in there, but that number was right. We are by no means used to such a wonderful, HIGH number!
- I do not have gestational diabetes.
- My cervix is nice and long. 4.4 cm! Even longer than it was at the last check, which I thought was strange (yet wonderful).
- The progesterone shots do seem to be helping my contractions. We are all pretty certain they would be way worse right now without the shots.
So the plan is to keep on doing what I'm doing. My doctor said typically what happens is that delivery occurs about 10 days after the last progesterone shot is given, which is at 36 weeks. I pray to God that my body hangs in there for that long. If it does, then we are looking at a late May delivery. That is three more months of bed rest, which really does sound awful to me but I continue to focus on the big picture.
Elijah got a great night of sleep last night for the first time in what seems like a million years. His bright eyes and good attitude this morning were a welcome change from the crazy behavior he has been showing us for the past few weeks. It is amazing what some good sleep can do. Now he is ready for Preschool Day #2 tomorrow!