Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Quickening and 21 week appointment


I am feeling the little one quite a bit these days. It's been a few weeks now that I have felt her, but she is definitely getting stronger this past week. Yesterday evening she was very active, so I had Will put his hand on my abdomen and she gave two intense kicks in a row. His eyes opened wide, and he said, "Wow!!!" Yup, no joke now. There is definitely a baby in there. Mostly she feels like she's rolling and twisting around, but there is also some intense elbow and foot action going on from time to time.

I saw my OB this morning (21 weeks, four days) and all is still looking good. She checked the cervix - said it is still long and closed, checked for bacterial vaginosis - negative, blood pressure is good and low 115/65, and she said I should be checked again for the previa issue around 28 weeks (at which point she also wants me to do a growth scan) but don't need to check it before that. While we are on vacation next week, she advised me to call any time I am worried about anything. Said that I should call after 5pm to get a prompt return call from whichever physician is on call. She did an ultrasound, but I didn't even need it. I knew the little miss was alive because I could feel her squirming around.

I asked her too at what point they would try to resuscitate my little girl if she came too early. She said I have to get to 24 weeks. I'm certainly not planning on having Magpie join us any time soon, but it helped (and scared me a little) to know how far I have to go before they would try to save her. So at this point, I need to get two and a half weeks further along (gulp) for her to have any chance at all. I think I will be holding my breath just a little bit until then...exhaling a bit more at 28 weeks...then some more at 33...and maybe not fully until she's here in my arms.

Mo

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28 comments:

Becky said...

Raeding this just now, I jsut had the strongest sense that this little girly is your take home babe. She's gonna make you wait a super long time to meet her. And she will be perfect. Hang in there!

TeeJay said...

Oh I'm so excited that you are feeling her kicking and wriggling around! And how awesome that Will was able to feel it, too! Those movements are sure to give you some peace of mind. SO exciting.

PJ said...

21 Weeks is awesome!!! And feeling my girls wiggling around, was so reassuring - definitely the best part of my pregnancy. I remember closer to 30 weeks just laying on the couch with my shirt up, watching the girls wiggle around.

I am SO happy for you!

Lex said...

I felt the same when the doctor at the ER (had a scare with Braxton-Hicks contractions) told me there is nothing they can do before 24 weeks anyway. I'm trying not to worry too much about it, but I will for sure breathe a sigh of relief when I get to 24, then each extra week will be better.

aryanhwy said...

Quickening is *such* a reassurance!

and maybe not fully until she's here in my arms.

And after that you'll have a whole new set of things to keep you on your toes! (In the best way possible, of course).

gwinne said...

She'll be viable before you know it, Mo. But it sounds like there's no reason to believe she won't arrive when she's supposed to, healthy and beautiful, next fall. I smile when I read your updates. Squiggling fetuses are the BEST.

Allison said...

I just KNOW she will be a big bundle of full term joy. It's so hard to think that will be true after seeing so many blog tragedies, but it's your time to shine.

Alexicographer said...

It's such a delight to see this sentence: " She did an ultrasound, but I didn't even need it."

... and, per @aryanhwy, yes. I will say that for me, at a key moment on 40w5d (aka DS's birth) the worry diminished a bunch. But then again, I'm finding it ramping up again at 5y3m, so there's that. It's from a distance and of course not the same, but I'm here counting the days and weeks with you, as I know are many others.

Kahla said...

So thankful to read all your wonderful updates, it just fills my heart with you and puts a smile on my face!!! However, I have to tell you that although you think you'll be able to breathe and relax after she's here, you'll find new things to worry about! Sad, but true!!! I remember having the same feelings as you after losing the twins and getting pg with Emery, I'll stop worrying when.... but I haven't stopped with either of my kiddos yet! Hugs to you both and congratulations on another wonderful milestone!

birdsandsquirrels said...

Nearly 22 weeks! Mo, I am so happy for you! Feeling movement is so so reassuring. I'm now one week away from my scheduled csection (unless I go into labor sooner), but I have kept my doppler still, just in case I have a moment of panic with no movement for a while. This little one moves less than Birdie, and my doctor keep saying it's perfectly normal, but I find myself poking at him a few times a day to get him to move.

Your OB sounds awesome! I am so glad that you have such a caring, reassuring doctor in charge of your care.

You are so close to viability!

TheThirtiesGirl said...

That sounds like a great plan--similar to mine. Hitting 24 weeks feels awesome and it keeps getting better (and a little less stressful). The movement is so cool, isn't it? It was one of the things I was looking forward to the most. Hope the next 2 weeks fly by.

Kalisu said...

I was so happy to read the line, "she did an ultrasound, but I didn't even need it." I hope that you can keep this confidence level. I'm eagerly awaiting the next update.

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Yesssss, this is the best part - when you stop freaking because you can feel them moving all the time :)

Enjoy your holiday!

Heather said...

Is it too early still for me to tell you that you never stop worrying, really, even after they're in your arms? My babies are 25, 21 and 18 and I still... any time the phone rings late at night... any time I've gone too long without hearing from them... I still feel my heart skip a beat or two. I read somewhere that the decision to have a child is momentous -it means that forever your heart will be walking around outside of your body. Once she's in your arms... that's when the really worrying will begin. I AM SOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!

I Believe in Miracles said...

Very exciting! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!

Jen said...

It must be reassuring to feel her moving around in there. You're doing great!

Emily Erin said...

So glad that you can feel her moving around in there poking you for reassurance! So glad that you are getting day by day closer to when she could be here safely and have a sense that she's in there for the long haul... Keep on growin' Magpie! Enjoy your vacation-- did you decide on Hawaii or change things up and go British Isles? Will look forward to pictures on the flip side!

myfertilityjourney said...

Yay!

Nepsi said...

I am so happy for you :)

irrationalexuberance said...

Oh the movement is the best thing ever. It must be wonderful to share with Will, but also wonderful for you to feel her wiggling around -- I found it the best part of pregnancy! This is very exciting!

minta said...

Graham is almost two and I haven't exhaled, yet. So, don't make any plans for feeling more relaxed once she's here :)

Also, you're in the best part of pregnancy, live it up! Feeling them move is the coolest part of being pregnant.

B. said...

We'll all exhale with you when we read that she's safely and healthily in your arms. Quickening is wonderful- any time you worry that something is amiss, you can poke her and she'll squirm or kick back. Instant reassurance, and you don't need to carry a doppler.

Jacky said...

When i was pregnant I could feel my daughter squirming around but couldn't figure what she was doing until she was born.... she was stretching!! I bet your little one is stretching too.......

So happy for you, I will keep praying.....

The Steadfast Warrior said...

You'll make it! Hang in there and try to enjoy your vacation… you deserve it! Love that Will can feel Magpie move now. Such a wonderful moment. :)

Madalena Soares said...

How crazy is it that you don't even know who I am and I'm here so happy for you and your pregnancy. It will all be ok. I'm sure. You probably don't remember but on your first post about this pregnancy, I left a comment and told you I really felt this was it. And I still do. Very soon, you'll be holding your baby girl. :)

newbie said...

I love feeling the babies moving around - it's my favorite part of the day! I haven't yet tried to have my husband feel them, but I think it's at the point where he may be able to. Can't wait until he feels the first kicks - that will be amazing!

I am counting down to 24 weeks too, you are almost there, and little Magpie is doing great!

thisamerikenyanlife said...

My best friend, who just popped out #2, had such a little kicker that you could *see the outline of the foot* when the little girl went wild in the womb.

I'm not going to lie, as an intentionally child-free person, I found it completely terrifying. BUT I am SO SO SO happy you are reacting with joy!! You've made it so far, there's not much longer to go before viability, and even then, not TOO much longer after that until you can carry your precious little Magpie home to her nest ... hope the good news keeps coming :-)

- Megan

Sprogblogger said...

:) SO happy. I LOVED feeling Hen moving around--allayed an awful lot of fears on a daily basis. I think that was pretty much when I allowed myself to start breathing deeply and (sort of, well, not physically, but...) enjoying the pregnancy.

You're halfway there, because really, I believe this little Magpie of yours is going to be full-term and then some!

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