I am 32 weeks and 4 days! This is the part of the pregnancy that always seems to just drag on, and while I feel a little bit like that, it is going very quickly as well! Almost 7 more weeks, and these intended parents will finally get to meet their little girl!
In other sort of related news, my husband starts a new job on Wednedsay! He has been working at Mission Repair for 5 years, and while this new job is a great opportunity for him and for us, we are very sad to say goodbye to the last five years and his amazing boss who has done great things for us! Troy is going to be working at Mayvillage. They are a company that sells parts for repair companies all over the country. Sadly, he has to be in New Jersey for the next three months. Yes, he will come back for this baby's delivery, but will otherwise be out of town. I am stressing a lot about his time away. The last time him and I were apart, it was for 6 months, and Brae was only 6 weeks old at the time. Now, with two kids, they are both aware of when Daddy usually comes home, and so the nights and weekends are going to be harder than hard, but we will get through it. I have friends and family close by thankfully and will be leaning on them for support during this time.
Last week, I had my 32 week ultrasound! Baby girl is growing just fine, and is measuring long in the legs and arms, but otherwise her torso looks to be right on track. She just might be a tall girl like her daddy! During my ultrasound, the technician took notice of the amount of fluid that is in there with this baby. There is a lot of fluid in there for this point in my pregnancy and so they will be keeping an eye out for an increase in fluid. I have another appointment scheduled for next monday to check the fluid levels again. They don't like to see it above a 25, and right now I am at a 22. My doctor was talking about possibly inducing labor a little earlier, or trying to draw some of the fluid out to relieve some of the pressure this extra fluid might be putting on my uterus. My sister, the nurse in our family, also told me that with extra fluid, when water breaks, it can sometimes take the umbilical cord with it, and cause it to get pinched between baby's head and birth canal, in which case they would need to do an emergency c-section. Let's hope that does not happen!
I have to admit, I am a little stressed about this new development! As with any labor, there is a lot that can go wrong and change within a matter of seconds. I just want everything to go as smoothly as possible and I would prefer a vaginal birth for so many reasons but mostly for the intended parents to get to be in the room and witness their child being born. I'm not sure how the hospital would handle a c-section and if they would let the couple into the operating room with me and Troy, so we will see! Just pray that everything works out and that I can be allowed to go into labor on my own, and not have to be induced, and that if my water does break, the cord doesn't come out with it, and I can be allowed to labor naturally from there. I will update with my next appointment when we know what the fluid levels look like at that time. I gained 7 pounds in a month, and the doctor looked and me and said:"You don't look like you've gained that much. That weight is all baby and extra fluid." I definitely have been feeling the extra weight as well in my midsection. Harder to breath, heartburn is really bad, and towards the end of the day, it's just plain uncomfortable! One other thing the ultrasound technician informed me of was that this little French Baguette is finally head down! So as long as this fluid level thing cooperates, I can safely deliver vaginally! Woohoo for that! I was beginning to think she liked my ribs way too much!
The last few times that I have face timed with the intended parents, they have been excited to show me the progress they have made on the baby's room, and all of the adorable little clothes they have purchased for her! They tell me they are very anxious to come for the delivery and are so excited to hold her finally! I can't wait for that for them either! That is going to be an awesome moment and one I probably won't be able to hold the tears in for! One other thing they were celebrating was the issue of citizenship in France. Up until just a few weeks ago, this baby that I'm carrying would have been considered a US citizen since she will be born here, but would have to wait for 8 years before she would be considered for citizenship in France. While surrogacy in France is illegal, they have passed a law that for all babies born to French parents like the intended parents, they will immediately be considered a France citizen, instead of having to wait those 8 years! The intended parents were very excited for this new law! Yay for them and this little Baguette!
Thanks for reading and I will be back with an update next week after the ultrasound! :)