|37 weeks 1 day
We are 37 weeks and 1 day today. At the doctor we were seen by a new sonographer, a resident and Dr. Chapman, one of the mFMs. I really liked the sonographer because she was thorough and to the point, doing all measurements, etc without my having to ask her. I liked that there was a resident in the room because I knew that meant they probably said "here is an interesting case..." and because it will give her an opportunity to see that sometimes, there is hope and maybe not be only a voice of gloom for people she may encounter in the future, and I liked seeing Dr. Chapman, because even though I just met her last week, she seems very genuine and happy with how well our Auggie is doing.
Today everything looked good. I don't know exactly what all they check in the biophysical profile, other than blood flow, heart rate and diaphramatic practice breathing, but I do know that he has scored an 8/8 each week lately. There is NO FLUID, yes, NO FLUID on his chest and there is only a small amount on his abdomen. His head is measuring 40 weeks, and his abdomen is measuring 37 weeks and 5 days (much more like it compared to the measurment last week). I have big headed babies...so the head size didn't surprise me much, haha.
We asked about the likelyhood of distress and although no promises can be made, everyone seems to feel it is not likely and think it is possible we could avoid NICU altogether. She assured us that they try very hard to keep babies with mothers and if they do not need to take him from me, they won't and they will do everything possible to do any testing at our bedside....if at all possible. I think the mere thought that they even entertain the idea of him staying at my bedside and not having a NICU stay is pretty incredible. I mean, at one point, there was minimal chance of survival, and then obviously, a NICU setting...and now...anything is possible. Everyone knows that anything is possible with this kid.
Downstairs we saw our buddy, Dr. Twedt. I am still 1 cm and high, but she is unconcerned regarding induction, which we will schedule next week. Of course, she reminded us that she is on call all weekend and that there are lots of predicted storms, so be prepared for anything. We are on a first name basis with everyone at this point...and one nurse even came into the room and said "as you came down the hall we all said, here comes that miracle baby". WOW!
Yesterday, my son's kindergarten class threw me a baby shower for their "warm and fuzzy party day". The teacher has a jar and when the kids do good things, she slowly fills the jar with pom pom balls. When it is full, they get a "warm and fuzzy party". Often this entails pajama day, or a movie...but they decided since the kids were all so excited for Baby Auggie and have been praying all year, that they would teach them to throw a baby shower. They decorated with blue and had fruit, pretzels and brownies. All of the children colored cards and pictures and some even brought sweet gifts. How appropriate that their "wamr and fuzzy party" is called that considering those were the first positive words I heard from Dr. Johnson at CHOP many weeks ago...rememeber when he said "it makes me feel warm and fuzzy". Good stuff!
Of all the gifts, my favorites were a binder full of prayers (pictured below) from each of these sweet babes, and also three special tiles for his room. One of the tiles has a verse, and small dots each made from Oliver's pinky prints. Another has Eliot's handprint with another verse. And one is a painting of the world, with children holding hands around it...each child is represented by the pinky prints of Oliver and his classmates. It is truly a treasure that brought me to tears. One of Oliver's little friends said "those are happy tears, aren't they?" Yes, happy happy tears...of joy that we are celebrating the birth and well being of Auggie, and of awe that these sweet 5 and 6 year old children care so much, about their friend, Oliver and about Baby Auggie.
Thank you to each of them, and to their parents, and to Oliver's wonderful teachers, Mrs. Harkey and Mrs. Todd. And of course, to their great school. We are truly blessed.
|For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for good and not evil, to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (Oliver's pinky prints are the dots along the sides)
|He's got the whole world, in His hands. (Eliot's handprint)
|each little head is athe child's pinky print
|Dear God, I pray Baby Auggie comes out of Mrs. Losinski's tummy safely. - Reagan
|Dear God, Pray Baby Auggie has a stuffed animal, a good heart, and he and Oliver have fun together. -Jacob
|Dear God, I pray Baby Auggie and Oliver have a nice time together with their parents. -Michael
|Dear God, I pray Baby Auggie can come to Disney World. -Lindsey
|Dear God, I pray Baby Auggie can have a tiger. -Oliver
|Dear God, I pray Baby Auggie has is big and strong with a good heart. - Aubrey (she also drew our family, including our 2 dogs)
|Dear God, I pray Baby Auggie will get to play in the snow. -Chloe
|Dear God, I pray Baby Auggie is nice. -James
|Dear God, I pray Baby Auggie can get to read the Bible. -Benjamin
|Dear God, I pray Baby Auggie is Gud. (good).-Andrew
|Dear God, I pray Baby Auggie will eat his vegetables and grow big and strong.- Hunter
|Dear God, I pray Baby Auggie will be nice to his big brother Oliver. - Brooke
A few more pics: