Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Today was such a LONG day. I woke up very early this morning to drive an hour and some traffic to have my growth scan done for Ava. She is measuring at 3 lbs 15 ounces. That's one ounce shy of 4 lbs. She dropped from the 11th percentile, to the 5th percentile. Good news is all of her vital organs, blood flow to the placenta and umbilical cord look perfectly healthy, thank god. She is measuring small on every part of her body, which means she is proportionate, which again is very healthy. That being said, this was still a lot to take in. It's a high risk hospital that I'm being seen at and they classify lack of fetal growth as intrauterine growth restriction. They now want me to be seen twice a week for the rest of my pregnancy for growth scans and non stress tests. I am also facing an induction before my due date. This information was overwhelming at first. It's a lot to process when you have a doctor telling you something is posing as a threat to your baby's health. I am praying my baby girl is just going to be smaller and healthy. No health problems have surfaced and I am so very, very thankful for that. Now that i'm home for the day and I've showered and I'm calm, I feel better about what's going to happen. My mind set is: GET AVA HERE SAFELY.


 That's what I'm going to be telling myself these next few weeks. My laboring plan is out the window and I'm okay with that. The one thing I learned today is that plans are tentative, no matter how "set in stone" they are. You really do have to be open minded to every situation you face. Even things that don't necessarily pertain to parenting. You think being married to a soldier would have prepared me for this unexpected change, but as it turns out babies are even more unpredictable than the Army. Tonight I'm going to sing to my sweet girl and just cradle my belly. I think getting some sleep will do me wonders right now !

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