Okay, some not-so-good news first. Don't fret, I was kind of expecting it. The nurse from my OB's office called today to let me know that I do, in fact, have Gestational Diabetes . . . AGAIN. Oh well (Liz, I guess your offer for Sweet Potato Casserole is no longer valid?) 60% recurrence rate, and all (and you know how our luck is with odds).
Anyway, now that that's out of the way, we had an AWESOME Maternal Fetal appointment today. First off, my blood pressure was 133/83 (which is slightly high for the average person but is out-freakin-standing for me)! And it's so difficult not to walk into this place an absolute ball of nerves for every appointment. In fact, when we first got into the U/S room today, I told Justin, "Wow, this is the same room we were in when we found out about Dylan's heart and had to do the amnio!" So our technician walked in and just started working away. She was great. I'm pretty sure they've got the words nervy or sensitive black-markered all over our file, so she talked us through everything. I remember how last time, alot of the techs we got never really talked to us or told us anything. Well, our tech today would find something, tell us what it was [sidenote: it amazes me how much/how well the U/S techs can decipher everything they're looking at; I'd have a better chance trying to stare at one of those pictures at the mall and finding the dolphins . . . but anyway, I digress], and immediately follow it up with, "and that looks good". Justin was cheering as if LSU just won the National Championship or something (goober).
So, as we stand right now, heart looks good (heartrate today was 161 = good), kidneys look good, bladder looks good, spine looks good, umbilical cord looks good, 2 hands/10 fingers, probably no cleft lip (still too small to tell for sure), fluid level was good, stomach was good and full (big, fat belly -- current weight is 6 oz.) etc. and so on. Bottom line, everything that we got to see today looks good. They'll probably do an echocardiogram at our next appointment to take a closer look at baby's heart, but so far so good! It felt almost like being in foreign territory. Our Maternal Fetal experiences with Dylan were so far removed from this (it felt like "bad news central" most of the time).
Well, one of the "benefits" of being deemed a high-risk pregnancy is PICTURES, so without futher adieu (I apologize the pictures are kind of blurry, the first 2 are 3-D, and I'm pretty sure there's some thumb-sucking going on in the last 2!):