Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Last Growth Scan Before We Meet Bennett!

Today we had our last growth scan and things are looking good- they estimate Bennett to be a little over 5 lbs-5.8 is what I think she said, which is pretty average at a little over 36 weeks so we're happy with that. I'm hoping Bennett is a big baby because I feel the bigger he is at birth the better it may be for his heart defect and for his upcoming surgery, hopefully this summer. Unfortunately, we didn't get any pictures of him :( because the tech said he is all squished up in there and would not show his little face. Oh well, I was hoping to post some but we'll just have to wait now-(just 17 days, but who's counting??) to see his cute face.

They also said that my placenta was at a grade 3 which I guess means it's basically ready and nearing the end. This concerned us a little, thinking we may have to deliver earlier but the doctor said as long as he is growing and he is getting the nourishment and oxygen he needs (which he is) then the placenta is doing it's job and that it is totally normal for the placenta to start dwindling (for lack of better words) down at this stage in the pregnancy.

So today the girls and I will spend the rest of the day inside, again, due to the rain-yuck! We had pancakes for lunch, I know, awful, but I'm so tired right now and the girls loved it, so everyone is happy. I'm getting my hair done tonight-(very excited about that!) and then Thursday is another non-stress test (bringing Harper so hopefully she will behave!) and I will meet the doctor that is doing my c-section. Other than that we're just waiting for May 22nd to get here!!


  1. Glad to hear all is well. I suppose that you did not talk to the dr. who has a son with DS. Cant wait to see some pictures of sweet little B when he is born.

  2. You are so close and obviously a great Mommy for making pancakes for lunch!! Hang in there and keep the updates (and pics) coming!


  3. So glad to hear that all is well. You are getting SO close now!! I'm so excited : )

  4. I'm glad that Bennett is doing well! When I was pregnant with Joel I went in for a routine ultrasound at 38 weeks and they noticed that my amniotic fluid was really low. I had a stress test done right away and Joel was still doing great. They sent me to the hospital right then and there which was a shock to me. I was induced - although it didn't take much - they just broke my water. 8 hours after I left my ultrasound appointment Joel was born. God was looking out for him and God is watching over you and Bennett now too.

    I wanted to answer your question about talking to Ainsley about Down syndrome. I like to talk to Caleb (who is almost 5 years old) about it when it seems natural. In the beginning I used Joel's appointments as opportunities to talk about it. I would just explain that Joel has Down syndrome - which means that he has to work harder to do certain things like sit up, crawl, talk, etc. That's all I would say. I know as Caleb gets older I will need to give him more information and he will probably have more questions. I just like him to know Joel has Down syndrome so the words are not a surprise to him later. I also want it to be something we are all comfortable talking about.

  5. WOW! So close! Can't wait to 'meet' Bennett! Enjoy your final weeks!

  6. I just found your blog from Down syndrome New Mama blog. Good luck in these last few weeks of your pregnancy. I can't wait to see pics of Bennett (love the name!) in a few weeks! I have a 6 year old daughter with Ds. When she was born she was my 4th child in 5 years so my kids didn't really get the whole 'Down syndrome' thing. We did explain to them that Morgan had Down syndrome and that meant she would have to work harder to learn things but would be able to do all the things they did with time. I still don't know how much they get it. She is just Morgan their baby sister. And I like it that way. I do remember not saying anything to them until Morgan was around a month old because I wanted them to love her first for who she was and not be focused on something that made her different than other babies. Does that make sense? Good luck with the delivery and I look forward to following your blog.

  7. You are getting so close! Yippee. Can't wait to read all about his arrival and see the adorable pictures. Hope you get some rest over the next few weeks.

  8. Adrienne and Mike
    You are in my prayers and thoughts. I have wanted to call you, but I have been so busy. No excuse,I know. Just remember through God all things are possible and things might not be as bad as you think. I had a friend that was told many of the exact things you have been told and when her baby was born she wasn't all they said. She is thriving and finishing college at Alabama this semester. I love you both. God Bless.

  9. Can't wait to see pics of little Bennett! Hope you're feeling well as you count down the last few days. We'll be praying for you, and of course for your family.

    We haven't explained Ainsley's DS to Gavin (he'll be 5 in a month), but he's started to ask if he had therapy and if our new baby will have therapy. He's asked more questions about her heart surgery, but that was something that he could see...the incision and then the quickly-fading silver scar.

  10. I am so excited for baby Bennett to arrive! Bennett and Sylas can be long distance email friends!Sylas was born 4/22, so they will exactly 1 mth apart. I will be thinking of you often during the next few weeks and praying for a smooth delivery.

  11. You are about to embark on such an amazing journey. I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to see pictures.


    Tammy and Parker


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