Monday, November 9, 2009

BGV 2.0 - An Update

The twice weekly doctor appointment extravaganza continues.  And I must admit that I am growing very weary of it all.  Last week's appointment was a disaster - not from the standpoint of the baby's health but from my own physical and emotional well-being.  I hit a low last week ... feeling like I just don't want to be poked and prodded and monitored anymore.  But I stayed the course and kept my appointment for today... the experience was much better, and I wish I could say the same about the BGV news.

It's not terrible, awful, alarming news.  Actually, it's more of the same.  Today's measurements showed that BGV has slipped below the 10th percentile again.  (Sad face.  Bottom lip sticking out.)  She's making progress, but it's very slow progress.  I really wanted to hear that she's just my late bloomer - that she had this amazing growth spurt and shot up into the 20th percentile.  I set my expectations too high and set myself up for some disappointment.

But I am doing my best to focus on these facts
  • that she IS still growing ... 
  • and her heart looks fantastic ... 
  • and the measurements (head, belly, leg) are showing consistencies ... 
  • and she's a true wiggle worm ... 
  • and she weighs about 3 pounds 12 ounces!
Because of the "lack of adequate progress,"  I win the grand prize of continued twice weekly doctor's appointments.  Oh, the joy!  At least I am getting to know my baby girl before I actually have her in my arms :)  And I am trying to think of those ultrasounds - with the soft lighting and warm belly jelly - as a weekly prenatal massage.  (How's that for a euphemism?)  Since Chad is able to keep NHV for me on Mondays, I do enjoy a few hours to myself ... driving in the car and listening to a radio station, reading a book or magazine while I wait, ... small pleasures :)


I did remember to take a few belly shots last week ... 




 


My friend and talented photographer has offered to take some actual maternity photos of me ... I think I should definitely take her up on that offer ... otherwise I will be forever known as the faceless mommy-to-be!

8 comments:

Erin M. said...

Your belly is adorable! It makes me miss mine, but mine was nowhere near as cute as yours.

I'm sorry the news wasn't what you were hoping for....but keeping my fingers crossed.

My twins were just over 4 pounds each when they arrived. She's not too far off. I bet she will be fine!

BJ_Mama said...

Oh, how I feel your pain! I always had my hopes set a little too high...but Remember, Good things come in small packages! I Love your Positive spin on things! It really does help to shift your focus....I can say this now, but I was a total Debbie Downer ALOT after my ultrasounds and check-ups. It's just that we want so badly for EVERYTHING to be PERFECT, right? That's what Mommies do. **HUGS**

Miss Mel said...

That is the sweetest, most perfect Dana belly ever. I love it! Thinking of you and saying lots of prayers! Much love!

Evonne said...

What a cute belly! I miss mine...sometimes.

I'm glad you're pointing out the positives - she IS growing and her heart sounds good.

Good things DO come in small packages!

Emmett Joseph said...

BGV is going to be our dainty little princess--just like her Momma! Love ya!

Laura said...

Still sending those big growing vibes to BGV! Well I guess she won't be so lucky to get Aunt Laura's big bonedness. HEHE. I know it's hard not to set your expectations high, but remember that she is healthy and happy in her little uterus spa in there. And I must say that your belly looks adorable. :) Love you!

Raising Z said...

First of all, you look great! I love that you focused on all of the positives...there are so many (although I think the massage was a bit of a stretch ;). I can't even imagine having to go through all of those appointments.....all I can say is you are almost there!

I am sorry if I scared you with my post today :( It is wonderful, just completely overwhelming. Hormones don't help at all. My friends with girls seem to have had a much easier time with the adjustment to two children (I guess girls like babies ;)). I bet Natalie will be ready and willing to help you and will smother that cute little baby with love (although smothering might be a whole new issue to worry about :)). A big hug to you and BGV 2.0!!!

BTW...you might actually miss the peace and quiet of those appointments in a few weeks so try to get in as much good reading/blogging as you can. Once the milk truck comes into town....there will be no reading for you and only one handed typing! :)

Heather @ Two Little Monkeys said...

Beautiful baby bump.

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