Finally a chance to update. Crazy morning. I was woken up at 5 am by someone in a white coat. I'm assuming it was a med student. I know they do rounds early but it is so frustrating to be asked the same five questions by three different people within 30 minutes of each other. I'm sorry but it is. At 6 am my nurse came in to draw blood...the "before" in my Gestational Diabetes test today. She then did my vitals and made me drink the super sweet lemon lime drink for my test. Now I love a good sweet anything but that thing is ridiculous. It is so sweet and you have to drink it so fast that it really almost makes you sick. I think it kind of tastes like very sweet bathroom cleaner.
So after all that I was almost back to sleep and another doctor comes in...same five questions later; she leaves. Just back to sleep again. At 7 am my nurse comes to take more blood. They have to have the test source, and three more samples. 8:15...more blood.
9:00...more blood, hooked up to the monitor, breakfast arrives, and my transport for my sonogram shows up...all at once. They decided I'd been on the monitor long enough to go for my sonogram. I guess everything went well. It didn't seem like I was on very long at all though. I had the transport hold on for me to run to the restroom, put in my contacts and change into clean pajamas. The ride down was a treat. It was so nice to be able to at least sort of see what my surrounding were around here. Even the area right outside my door looked different than it does from in here.
My sonogram went well. Gaines is 2 lbs, 1 oz...give or take 5 ounces. He is also not breech anymore, although he still has time to turn around again. When the lady was doing the sonogram, she asked if we wanted to know the sex of the baby. I said sure, even though we already knew. "Looks like a girl" she said. Beau almost fell out. She explained that it was hard to tell but that's what it looked like to her. A few minutes later her supervisor had to come in because she was having trouble measuring Gaines' head (because he was so low...Reed was too). That lady confirmed that it was "definitely a boy". I think I heard Beau breath a big sigh of relief. You should have seen his face.
I haven't had a chance to talk to my doctors about the sonogram or the results of my Gestational Diabetes test yet so right now I don't know how they interpreted the sonogram or if I passed my test. I'll update whenever I hear.
On the way back from my sonogram they took me by my nurses station. I waved to them like I was in a parade. It was just so nice to see something other than my little gray room. Once I got back, my family and Reed were here waiting on me. I had a package from some of my sweet neighbors back home (thank y'all!) so we opened that and Reed entertained himself for about 30 minutes playing in the box of peanuts. I'll try and get pictures of that up here at some point. It was really funny. It just felt so good to laugh. I try not to laugh, sneeze, cough, cry etc. just to be safe. I know that's silly but I don't like doing anything that jars my body or makes me use my stomach muscles.
Right now Beau, Reed, my dad and sister are all at the egg roll. Reed looked SO cute. My mom is here with me and I'm getting ready to take a nap.
A quick encouraging story...my neighbor here had her baby earlier this week. Her water broke at 32 weeks and they were going to schedule an induction for her at 34 weeks. The night before her induction she went into labor on her own. Her baby was 4 pounds and something and is doing well. They think she'll only be in the NICU 7 to 10 days. I'm just so encouraged to know about that outcome at 34 weeks after what I was told about my possible 24 weeker when we first got here. Ten weeks makes a huge difference and I've already done 4 of them.
Tomorrow is 28 weeks. Please continue to pray against infection, for Gaines to keep developing and to stay strong. Also, safe travels for my parents and Reed this afternoon. We love you all for your prayers and support.
P.S. Today is Beau's last day in his twenties...He turns 30 tomorrow!