36 weeks…. the countdown continues…..

I am making the rounds at Northwest Perinatal. Met another partner today, Dr Watson – everyone there is wonderful and I know that regardless of who I draw when I go into labor – I will be in good hands. NST went fabulously and they said she is looking great. Had my Strep B test and will find out in a few days about that. He checked me and my cervix is soft and I am about 1 cm dilated, but he thinks it should be still a few weeks. This is not uncommon for a second pregnancy. I am not to take anything that is supposed to ripen/soften the cervix because they don’t want ANY chance of her coming early.  He said 39/40 weeks would be perfect – so that is what I am praying for.

Thank you for all your prayers for both Finley and myself (and Jon). I do really feel a sense of peace about what lies ahead and that can only be God. If this were left to just me alone, I would be in full out obsessive freak-out mode.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in the perfect Zen place all the time – I do get scared and worried and my mind wanders – but I try to bring it back and pray and I know that God is in control. Finley is in his hands and I have to trust in him and his plan.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”Deuteronomy 31:6

34 weeks

The weeks just keep flying by. I can’t believe that she could be here in as little as 4 weeks.. The NST was uneventful – though it is funny that if they are sleeping, they buzz them with this vibrating buzzer to get them to move around some more.  Basically, they try to annoy them. They said her heartbeat looked really good and they didn’t see anything that was a cause for concern. I did ask more about the growth issue and apparently between the last 2 ultrasounds her growth dropped from a 40-something% percentile to 30-something % (I need Jon to be in these appointments to actually remember things) but they will need one more scan before they call it a trend since ultrasound error can be 10%.. So I am just hoping and praying that it is exactly that- an ultrasound error and not indicative of a trend. Apparently if she drops down to 10%, it will be time to get her out… These are worries I don’t want so I just pray that this is all nothing, or that she catches up this week.  The next ultrasound is next week.

Rowan did the cutest thing the other day.. she lifted up my shirt (which she likes to do a lot), kissed my belly and said, “I love my baby sister.”  There is nothing I want more in this world than for the day when Rowan is able to hold and kiss baby Finley.