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...but thank God everything is well with Sweet Pea!!!! *phew*
So I've been feeling movements quite consistently for many weeks now and look forward to late evenings (between 11pm - 1am) when I can feel her the most. I have this little music owl that plays a lullaby and every night I play it for her and some other music and she always gets dancing when I do so.
Well on Saturday night, I noticed she didn't really respond to it nor did she really move all that much either, but I tried not to worry too much. I realized I hadn't felt her the whole day Saturday either. So come Sunday and I still felt nothing all day, but decided to wait until the night (her most moving time). I went upstairs to read in bed at my usual time and played some music for her and felt nothing. I called Jon up to sit with me and for a good hour, still nothing. Of course, I started getting panicked. I decided to try to sleep and wait until morning to see what to do. In the morning at around 6am, I felt a few very slight jabs, but wasn't 100% sure if it was even her. I fell back asleep and woke up a bit later to get ready for work.
At work I tried sitting not doing anything for a good hour and still couldn't feel anything, so I thought I can't just keep freaking myself out like this, I have to at least phone my OBs office and see what they suggest. I gave them a call and the receptionist said my OB was at the hospital doing surgeries at the time, so I wouldn't have been able to go in there. But she told me to go somewhere and lie down or at least sit back for a good hour and if I don't feel at least 6 movements within that time, let her know and then we'd go from there. Well since I was at work, I couldn't really just lie down anywhere, so I just tried sitting in the chair and not doing anything. The receptionist phoned me back less than 5 minutes later and said she was looking up my file and she realized it was only a couple weeks after the same stage where we lost Katrina, so she told me to just go directly to the L&D to ease my mind.
So I went and Jon met me there. The nurses and Dr's were SO nice and kind. They didn't judge me at all for having come in and took everything I said very seriously and made a point to check her out. They hooked me up to the heart rate machine and found her heartbeat right away. It was a nice, consistent 156ish bpm. I was hooked up for a good 2 hours and they continuously checked on me. They measured my stomach and said my sizing is right on track and then brought in an u/s machine to look at her. Everything is looking well with her!!!!
And of course, as soon as they hook me up, what does my little monkey girl do, she starts going absolutely CRAZY in there!!!! She was kicking up a storm! I'm just SO happy and relieved that she's doing well and that I was monitored so closely (and I got to see our cutie pie for a few minutes again on the screen!).
I'm really grateful for my OBs office and everyone at the hospital for not just shrugging me off and telling me that I'm too early to feel consistent movement. I pray the next and only other time I have to go to the L&D is when I'm in real labour in March 2010! I hate these worrying moments, but I'm so glad that there are many people out there that actually care enough about my baby to make sure she's doing well!!!!
Steph, I am so happy to hear Sweet Pea is doing well, but I'm even happier to hear that you have a WONDERFUL team of doctors / nurses who aren't dismissing your feelings and concerns. There is a LOT to be said about a team of health care professionals who take you seriously!
And like Brittanie's doctor and the "freak out free pass", I think EVERY OB/Midwife/Perinatologist/Etc. should grant those to us Moms who have had a stillbirth and never question our concerns during subsequent pregnancies
Sidenote to Sweet Pea -- please give your Mama a number of good, swift kicks every now and again. You won't hurt her, trust us. We all want to know you are doing A-OK in there
Thank you to Jaidynsmum for my beautiful siggie!
I'm Barb, Mom to Angel on Earth Julia Rose (7*22*08), her twin brother Angel in Heaven Noah (7*22*08), and rainbow baby Sydney Noelle (12*4*09).
*a special 'thank you' to all the blinkie creators for their talents*
I am so hapy to read that she is doing well!! And your docs sound like they are on the ball, especially the nurse that took the time to not only check your chart, but also call you back. She showed a lot of compassion. Maybe a little note to her for Christmas thanking her for taking you seriously wouldbe nice.
When they persisted in questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:7 Sail Back to Me