39 weeks today. So, really, just any day this little man could decide to make his appearance. I told Mike last night that I hadn't reached that "I'm going to be pregnant forever" feeling, so I wasn't sure it would be very soon. But I don't think I've reached that point for the last couple or three pregnancies. I really made an effort to be content and wait on God's timing for Tucker's birth, and then when we lost him...well, I just learned a lot. One of the things I learned was to enjoy even the last days of a pregnancy, because it may be all we have. So, I am content to wait until Jethro decides he's ready.
This week's appointments were pretty uneventful. Monday we had a cardiologist appt. The cardiologist was hung up at the hospital, so I didn't get to see her, but she called me after looking at the echo of Jethro's heart. She said there really wasn't any change ~ although the fluid around his heart may actually be less than it was. Which was good news! So many have been praying about that fluid, that I believe even though it was slight, the decrease was an answer to prayer!
Tuesday we had an OB appt and a perinatologist appt. When we got into the room for the OB appt., the nurse said, "At this point, we have you undress, and he'll do an exam." I said, "We don't do those." She gave me this incredulous look and said, "Uh, you...won't get undressed?" I said, "No." LOL She had apparently never had anyone say they weren't going to allow a pelvic exam. I had told the OB several appts ago that we would not be doing them, and while he would prefer to have a "baseline", he seems to be fine with it. However, it seems to knock his nurses totally off kilter. After the OB, we went to the perinatologist. Everything looked good. Jethro was settled down into my pelvis far enough that the u/s tech couldn't even get a good look at his face. My fluid levels were good. He was practicing breathing, and all the other things they look at to determine how baby is doing.
Yesterday, I had another perinatologist appt. Once again, everything looked good. Although Jethro was laying transverse. :-/ I told the U/S tech, "That may be an answer to prayer. They can't induce if he's sideways." So, when I got home, I emailed my group of ladies and asked them to pray that he would once again go head down. Mike had called me to see how the appt went and I told him that the baby is sideways, but other than that everything was looking good. At the boy's game, he leaned over and told Jethro, "You need to get head down, boy." When I went to bed last night, I felt him turn head down once again! Such a good baby, already listening to his Daddy! :-)
I have OB and perinatologist appts on Tuesday and another perinatologist appt on Friday ~ if he hasn't arrived by then.
Our prayer requests remain the same. And I do want to say 'thank you' to all of you who are praying! We appreciate it so much, and I have such a peace about this birth and whatever may follow ~ I know it's because of all the prayers being said on our behalf.