I saw Maternal Fetal Medicine today for my normal Tuesday appointment with a fetal non-stress test and dopplers to check blood flow to Isabella's brain and internal organs. I must admit that I was very nervous and a bit shaken after my appointment with them on Friday. I had the same doctor today that I had on Friday. I didn't like him on Friday. I told him that today and he got a bit of a chuckle out of it. I have a much different opinion today. He was glad to see me and glad to tell me that all my pre-eclampsia testing was, in fact, NEGATIVE. So he thinks there's no reason Isabella can't stay in until at least 37 weeks. All that could change after my next growth ultrasound, but I'm prepared for that. I knew that there is still a chance she would need to come before "full term." If she can make it to 37 weeks, she'll be a full term baby. That's my hope. And he seemed to think she should be able to do that. But there's no way to be sure about that until the growth scan. If she's above the 5th percentile, she can stay in longer and won't be considered an IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction) baby. If she's under the 5th percentile but showed adequate progress from the last growth scan on the 15th, they'll let her bake another week. But, if she is under the 5th percentile AND hasn't showed adequate growth, she would need to come out for her own health and well being. I'm prepared for anything at this point. It's not in my control, it's definitely in God's hands. I'm so thankful for everyone's prayers, I truly believe that those prayers carried me through my appointment today. I'm still pregnant for at least another week. YAY! That's my good news, God certainly is good.
On a sad note, though, a blogger friend who was a little over halfway through her pregnancy had her whole world come crumbling down this weekend. Rebecca from The Road Less Traveled unfortunately went into pre-term labor and lost her baby girl right after birth. My heart just aches for her and her family. There are no words to make someone in her shoes feel less pain. It is, I'm sure, an unbearable pain. Please pray for her and her husband as they prepare to say their final goodbye to the baby they won't get to enjoy and watch grow across the years. I know that God has a plan for everyone's life and there is a reason why He allowed this to happen to her at this point in her life. But I have an unspeakable heaviness on my heart for Rebecca. Please take the time to read her blog entry about her loss and offer her some encouragement and prayers.