Today marked the start of my twice weekly monitoring appointments, which will continue until babygirl gets here.
On Monday mornings I will have a biophysical profile (BPP) and Thursday mornings I will have non-stress tests (NSTs). 4 weeks ago I had I growth ultrasound and today they combined that with my BPP. I'll have another growth ultrasound with my BPP in another 4 weeks.
They are going to keep close tabs on her growth and measurements, the condition of my placenta, and amniotic fluid levels especially because of the gestational diabetes. Good news though, I'm still keeping my sugars under control quite well!
So today's appointment was bright and early at 8am. I was the first one of the day, woohoo. The ultrasound tech took measurements and said fluid and such looked good. Babygirl had the hiccups for a bit. It was weird seeing and feeling it at the same time. She continues to be head down and ready to go. This is kind of a relief for me… one less thing to worry about come delivery time! We also got to watch babygirl practice breathing! How cool is that?
Unfortunately, no new pictures printed out. We haven't gotten one for the third trimester yet. She had her hands over her face again. We could kinda see a cheek. Oh! But this time she had hair! Hopefully she'll be born with it!!
Per usual, she was a wiggly thing, movin' and kickin'… just bein' a busy body. I love when the ultrasound techs comment on her activity (she's really active!)…. Trust me! I know! But of course, that is just a good sign that she's a healthy baby. Today's tech said that babygirl got all her points right away. She was very cooperative and the appointment didn't last quite as long as I thought it would.
I wasn't given a percentile today, but her heartrate was 150 and her measurements put her at 4lbs 2oz. No wonder I feel more tired and my mobility is … hampered. That's a lot o' baby! Yet, I haven't gained very much. 3 pounds over pre-pregnancy weight, max, so far. (But since I started out a bigger girl, this is healthy)
When Brian and I were in the waiting area, I commented on seeing a 5th doctor's name on the listing. I swore there were only 4 before. I'd met 4 different ones thus far. I joked about having yet a different one today and whaddya know? We met with Dr. #5 to review the ultrasound and BPP.
He said she looked like a happy baby, which was great to hear. I didn't mind today's doctor too much. He had a decent sense of humor. He did ask about my blood sugar levels and how much insulin I'm on. But he didn't say too much about it, just that things looked good and confirmed that I'll be monitored twice weekly from here on out.
Oh, and I even let an ultrasound student practice on me… got to see babygirl just a bit longer that way!
And now to close out with something complete random… I like the smell of the goo they put on my belly for the ultrasound. It has such a… baby product smell. In fact, it reminds me of Baby Soft – a body spray scent I used to like when I was younger. I don't really know how to describe it. It doesn't smell like powder or wipes.. but it smells babyish.
I can't wait til she gets here.