Our appointment with Dr. Pohl was on Tuesday and consisted of our first NST (non-stress test). Basically I sat in a recliner and they strapped a monitor to my belly to monitor the baby's heartbeat - the same thing they use while you are in labor to monitor contractions. Typically, you keep the monitor on for about 20 minutes so they can get some good readings and see the changes in the heartbeat over time. About 5 minutes in to the monitoring Baby Murphy thought it would be a great idea to start KICKING the monitor... so they had to readjust it, and then yet another time after that! Eventually they were satisfied with the readings and I was able to head to one of the exam rooms to wait on Dr. Pohl. The baby did great for the NST and they said everything looked great. I am also STILL measuring at 38 weeks which means my fundal height hasnt increased at all. He checked my cervix and everything looks good there as well. His comment was "Well, you made it another week!" And that I have! So we will see him next Tuesday for another one of the same appointments.
Our appointment with MFS was Friday and I was really hoping we would be able to see Dr. Read. There are several doctors in the practice but he is really my favorite. We met with the ultrasound tech and she did the BPP (Bio-Physical Profile) and also measured baby Murphy. He passed the BPP with flying colors - same as last week! My amniotic fluid levels have stayed the same (still over the normal range, but they are okay with that since it isn't really going up or down). When she measured baby Murphy he was measuring at a whopping 5 pounds 9 ounces - HOLY MOLY! This is still about 4 weeks ahead so his growth definitely hasn't slowed down at all. She left the room and told us we would be meeting with Dr. Read - thank goodness! He actually spends time with us and answers any questions and explains things really well and he did the same this appointment. He explained that they would just keep doing the weekly BPP and we would go from there each week but as of right not they aren't concerned about having to induce earlier or anything. Although, we all know this could change at any point in time! We were able to get some cute 3D pictures of little Peanut too :)
|even got a little smile :)|
Now, on to the fun part! Maternity pictures were a blast! We had two photographers and this was our 'first' session in Sims Lake Park in Buford and we will have our 'second' session in downtown Lawrenceville next weekend! Here is a sneak peek :) (Photo credit to Shannon Ritchie Photography)
|Thankful my mom made this onsie for Peanut :)|
We also had our first baby shower thrown by our wonderful church family! Special shout out to Brenda, Chris, Mallorie, Cindy and Denise for the wonderful planning, food, and decorations - It was wonderful! It was also nice to see a few people that I don't get to see on a regular basis anymore. We were beyond blessed with the gifts and love that were shown today and I couldn't be thankful for a more wonderful group of friends.There are a few little things that I was able to do at this shower for baby Murphy - and I can't wait to share those with everyone BUT I still want to do these things at my others showers, so it is on the DL for now!
Sorry for such a delay in getting this posted but it has been quite the busy week as you can tell. We have two more appointments this week and our one year anniversary next weekend! Not sure what we are doing yet but I am excited to be spending all weekend with my wonderful husband enjoying one of our last weekends without a baby. We also are taking the second session of our maternity photos in downtown Lawrenceville! God has been so good to us throughout this time of trial and we are so thankful for all of your love, support, and prayers. We are definitely excited for this next journey of our lives but equally just as nervous. Thank you for following our journey and continuing to pray for us! Only about five more weeks until we meet our baby boy :)