Wednesday, January 26, 2011

23 Weeks 4 Days

We went to see our doctor today and our appointments last on average 2 hours due to the detailed exams, questions, and follow through to make sure all stays on track. We had a positive report today from the doctor based off of the tests, exam, measurements, and listening to Abigail's heartbeat. Abigail is growing wonderfully, her heart rate is strong, she continues to move all of the time, and the doctor still believes that we can have a successful pregnancy and be on schedule for our c-section in May. I am currently on weekly appointments to keep a close eye on everything and make sure nothing is being overlooked.

The one thing we are monitoring now are my Braxton Hicks contractions. Many women experience these during a normal pregnancy, but with going into preterm labor they want to keep tabs on the "practice contractions" to make sure they stay "practice." We return to the doctor next Thursday for another checkup, and if all goes well with our next appointment we hope to be able to go to the doctor every two weeks instead of every week.

We were able to request a specific nurse for our delivery today at our appointment. This person is extra special to us since she was with us when we delivered Emma, she was with us during our difficult journey with the preterm labor, and she is the most wonderful, comforting, and compassionate person I have ever known in her line of work. We look forward to having her be a part of Abigail's big day.

I have been allowed to return to work this week, so Monday and Tuesday were jammed with me getting things organized, structure for my students put back into place, getting the room straightened back up, preparing lesson plans for the current week and next week, and just trying to get back into the swing of things. I do have to take it easy; I can't do any lifting, standing for long periods of time, or a lot of walking. This has been a bit of a challenge, but I am giving it 100% effort and will continue to do my best to take it easy and rely on others to do what I cannot do for myself. I am thankful to be surrounded by such understanding and helpful co-workers.

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