Well, today I am just shy of carrying my little Jovie for 36 weeks! At times, the weeks have flown by while in some ways I feel as though I've been pregnant forever. Alas, I am nearing the day that I get to reap the reward of my hard work allowing God to grow this child in my womb!
I have been seeing the OB team weekly for about a month now. Our routine looks something like this: We, (Stephen, Pear and I,) arrive on time. We sit in the waiting room for about 10 minutes. We then move to the Non-Stress-Test room where I am hooked up to the doppler and get to hear Jovie's heart racing and try to track her movements. While I lay there, Stephen and Pear go crazy. Pear usually gets to pull out a snack that I pack for her and then she plays; she opens cupboards, pulls the curtain back and forth, gets Stephen's nice business attire messy, puts my shoes on and off my feet, etc. This is supposed to take between 20-30 minutes. We have yet to see this record time. We have waited there for around 45 minutes every time. After the 45 long minutes, the obstetrician comes in and checks the NST. I then have to remind her that I haven't been measured for several weeks, I need her to order my blood-work and we should probably check the amniotic fluid. All of which, once I remind her and they find the results, she is concerned and says we need to be sure and do this weekly. First off, I am measuring slightly on the small side. This isn't surprising as I measured small with Pear as well and they say I probably won't have a huge baby. Secondly, while measuring the amniotic fluid, we found out that we are borderline for being in the risk zone of too little amniotic fluid. I was also very low on amniotic fluid with Pear. I am still okay but we need to keep an eye on it. Thirdly, Jovie is transverse. Her head is on one side of my waist, her bum on the other. Usually the baby moves by delivery day. However, if she doesn't or if my liver levels go up and we are forced to induce, it means C-section. Lastly, I received my blood results from last week's appointment, my bile acids more than doubled. This was a little surprising as I'm still not really itchy and last time we tested they went way down. This means that I need to start taking Actigall in order to keep them from going up any more and possibly bring the numbers down.
I am feeling good. I am certainly ready to no longer be pregnant. God has provided thus far. I know that he will continue to provide. His grace is sufficient. I eagerly await the day that I get to hold my beautiful baby girl, eat a steak, milkshake, cake, cookies, butter on my bread and the hundreds of other things that I am currently not able to. But, I am thankful to be healthy and whole and I am going to try and treasure these last few days or weeks that I have this blessed child in my womb.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.