20 July 2012

On the home stretch now..

Sophie..

I had an appointment with my obstetrician yesterday and it looks like this little baby might be arriving sooner rather than later, of course its impossible to predict these things but judging by the ultrasound I had and the contractions I have been having, it looks like things are getting ready to happen.

I will be 32 weeks tomorrow which is over the really risky stage but could still mean up to two months in neonatal care if this little man does decide to come now, so we are really hoping that he stays put for another month at least.

I have to go into hospital tomorrow to have steroid injections to help speed up his lung development. I'm a little nervous as I don't particularly like the thought of giving steroids to an unborn baby, and am a little worried about the (unknown) long term effects of un-naturally speeding up development. But like many other decisions I have made in this pregnancy, I have learnt to accept that science and medicine sometimes do have a (very valuable) place in pregnancy and childbirth. I also trust my obstetrician that this is going to give our baby the best possible chance if he does decide to come early.

In other news, Sophie has been on school holidays for the last two weeks (which may explain why this baby might come early.. it's impossible to lie in bed 24 hours a day with a 4 year old running around!)
I have had such a lovely time with her, she is really starting to turn into a proper little person. Watching her learn to read and write is so exciting and I can see her growing up more and more each day.
She is so excited about having a little brother and I know she is going to be such a great big sister.
Very exciting times ahead..

14 comments:

Michele said...

Our little guys got the steroids at 24w and were born at 27w; while they are only good to speed up 3w or so, I can tell you that while other 27w babes were on vents, etc, ours breathed just fine from the start. A real blessing given their size and age. I worry, too, about long term side effects, but I'm still so thrilled that they were (and remain) fine.

Coal Valley View said...

Hi Katie, Just catching up on your last few Posts after being away and so much happening in your world. Huge Congratulations on your new home!! Very exciting ;-) And congratulations on making it to 32 weeks - yay! All the best for tomorrow. Exciting times ahead indeed! Mel xx

Amanda said...

Will be thinking of you tomorrow but you're right - in these cases you just have to trust in your obstetrician and know that he is doing what he feels is best for bub and you. Take care lovely xx

At Number 32 said...

Sending strength xx

Angela said...

Honey, i just sent a prayer out to the universe that this baby of yours arrives in perfect time ready to live a tremendous life.

Gaby said...

thinking of you and hoping babe decides to stay in there for another few weeks! xx

Anonymous said...

Hoping it all goes well tomorrow and the little one does decide to wait a few more weeks. Try not to worry, it sounds like all the right decisions are being made and that's the most important thing -- it will be so wonderful to meet him. Sending lots of hugs your way.
Katie

Swakop Kate said...

My little dude got the steroids at 33 weeks and was born a day later. He is now a healthy, strong 3 year old. You are right to let science have its place... somethings are worth holding on to but when it comes to giving your baby it's best chance in those first days/weeks you have to just roll with it! Good luck. If you are bored in bed you can check out my blog about our life in Namibia and see Ace post steroids! http://rockingnamibia.blogspot.com/

one claire day said...

Hoping the little fellow finds a comfortable position in there so he stays put for another month. But you've come so far and you must be comforted knowing that you're out of the high risk stage.

So glad life is falling into place for you.

Thinking of you xx

Anonymous said...

Keeping all my fingers crossed that all turns out well tomorrow! You really deserve this little healthy boy after all you have been through... Whishing you all the best! Cheers, Martina

bron @ baby space said...

oh, I know exactly what you mean about sophie -- I feel the same way about max.

will be crossing everything for you that your tiny man comes at the right time. v excited for you all!

p.s I for one am more than happy to hear how happy you've been feeling :)

Tash said...

I'm thinking about you and your little boy, and sending so much hope and love. All we can do is put our faith in our doctors and know that we are all doing everything that we can for our babies. xx

Jane Delrieux said...

I had the steroid injection when I was 30 weeks with my son. He is now almost 8 and today came 2nd in the 800 meter running event at his athletics carnival. Fit, strong and very healthy lungs. Good luck with everything, your new house is gorgeous. Xoxo

Jane Delrieux said...

I had the steroid injection when I was 30 weeks with my son. He is now almost 8 and today came 2nd in the 800 meter running event at his athletics carnival. Fit, strong and very healthy lungs. Good luck with everything, your new house is gorgeous. Xoxo

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