I got back from my back-to-back OB appointments a little while ago and I’m happy to report that baby Turtle is GROWING!
Going into today’s ultrasound, I was once again nervous. Ultrasounds have been a high-stress moment for us all along during this pregnancy. In my mind, it was entirely possible we’d see a lack of growth or perhaps even no heartbeat. You know how the post-infertile mind works. Or is it how the post-infertile, post-first tri bleeding and spotting, post-vanishing twin, post-gastroschisis diagnosis mind works? (Not that I feel I’m no longer an infertile because after you’ve walked this road, it’s impossible to unknow what you know. Once an infertile, always an infertile.)
I even told my parents, who asked if after Christmas they can start telling more people, like cousins, that anyone you tell is someone you may have to untell. Crazy talk for the second trimester? I didn’t think so.
But how could I doubt our little Turtle!? Our little fighter? Of course he/she is still growing strong. Measuring right on track! We saw leg bones and arm bones and a bladder and god, the most gorgeous spine. The spine has got to be one of the coolest things upon which to gaze via ultrasound. And we got double confirmation once again from Dr. Kind that it is definitely just a gastroschisis. (There was a moment when the ultrasound tech made me fear otherwise but she didn’t know what she was talking about. He came in and then called her back in to show her exactly why it’s a gastroschisis and not an omphalocele.) Other than that, all is looking good!
Then we met with our delivery OB. I’ll go with Dr. Caring for her for now. This was our initial intake appointment with her practice and wow – what a difference from the first practice I was with near home. Unlike that first appointment, I felt like Dr. Caring actually gave a shit about us! Imagine that. In fact, I got the impression that she cared a great deal about us, and that she will take very good care of us indeed. She knows we want to do a vaginal birth if possible (big if) and she has even delivered gastro babies vaginally before. She recommended I get a flu shot (did you know pregnant women are 3x more likely to get the flu?) and they were able to give it to me right there in the office.
Between Dr. Kind and Dr. Caring, I feel completely confident that we’ll be getting excellent care. Tomorrow is another big moment: our first visit to Children’s and first meeting with a pediatric surgeon. I’m a tad nervous but also excited. Plus we’ll get to see our Turtle again!