Today we went to our last ultrasound appointment and got to see Dr. Dellinger. We tried to see if he would say Ok to going ahead and inducing labor (yes, I am sooo tired and also we are always anxious about having baby in the middle of the night and having to wait for babysitter, etc)- You can only hear so many stories about people who didn't know they were in labor to start to feel a bit nervous. Anyway, he said unless I was pretty dilated or effaced, that they would want to do another amniocentesis to check surfactant levels and lung maturity...so...of course we are not doing that.
his head measured 38 weeks and 5 days and his abdomen also measured 38 weeks and 5 days...so all is well on that front...tiny sliver of fluid in the belly remains, but not much.
We went downstairs and I am not progressing in labor at all, in fact I am still 1 cm....
So our current plan is to have an appointment first thing Monday, and depending on my cervix, we will either go into the hospital Monday night for cervical "ripening" or Tuesday morning for induction. So either way, less that and week and our Auggie will be here.
He looks great. There is only a sliver of fluid on his abdomen and no fluid on his lungs. A student also played around checking the norms on him and I asked her if she had ever heard of non-immune hydrops. She had not and I explained what a big deal it was that he was doing so good and that she should definitely go look it up and see the data.
I have heard a few (very few) stories like ours and those babies do seem to be ok, but I am still nervous because I know we are an outlier and that there is really very little data on what to expect with babies like Auggie who had such significant hydrops and yet resolved the fluid and is currently going to term, vaginal delivery.
So...I am nervous but remain cautiously optimistic.
Next week, hopefully I will be posting some pictures of him that are in living color.
I am very excited to meet our little warrior, our little miracle.
Just a few more days....