I wanted to let you guys know I will be going into the hospital on Friday, and I’ll be there until the baby is born. They will give me steroid shots on Friday, and then another set 24 hours later, and then if I make it to 30 weeks I’ll probably get them again. The purpose is for lung development in preparation of a premature birth. They are not going to let me go past 34 weeks unless things change, but for now, they said they are setting small goals, so are current goal is to get to 28 weeks because the chances go way up for baby at that point. I’m between 25 and 26 weeks now. The reason we are waiting until Friday is so I could wrap things up at work and pack some entertainment for myself! We all decided that the baby has made it this far, so a few days wouldn’t hurt. I hope that is true anyway! My peri won’t be back at the hospital again until Friday, so if I wasn’t going in tonight, it’s easier to wait until then.
We did get SOME good news – the baby has gained an extra week of growth! So the little one is now only 2 weeks behind. The baby is weighing about 1 pound 3 ounces which is about 587g. However, everything else remains the same. With the fluid alone, the doctor said the baby has about a 50% chance of lung development, but we still don’t know about how these other issues are going to effect the outcome. The cardiologist said that the heart problem won’t contribute any less to the baby’s survival chances – the heart problem is manageable. It still will require open heart surgery on an infant – not an exciting thing – but that’s the least of our worries.
I’m terrified in so many ways – I’m terrified of those stupid steroid shots, and still terrified of all that could go wrong. I’m terrified that short of a miraculous infusion of amniotic fluid, I’m going to have a preemie baby. But at the same time, I feel like we’ve come a long way since our appointment 6 weeks ago when we got the big scary news. I have more hope than I ever have had in that 6 weeks that everything is going to be ok, even though I know the doctors are still only giving this baby a slim chance. But a slim chance is still a chance. And now, we will be able to say we are doing everything we can, and the rest is in God’s hands.