Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Healthy Baby Boy...Still in my Belly

It has been a long morning. We went in for my weekly doctor's appointment this morning, which usually only takes about 20 minutes. My due date is this Saturday, and I show no signs of Jackson's arrival yet. They had a harder time finding his heartbeat today and decided they wanted to make sure he was okay to stay in my belly for another week, so they sent us to the hospital to monitor Jackson's heartbeat and my contractions, as well as to perform a bio-physical ultrasound.

Jackson's heart rate was good, and I was surprised to learn that I'm having contractions fairly regularly since I don't feel them at all. They were around every 6.5 minutes. Unfortunately, they aren't making any progress though.

After being monitored for a while, they sent us to the ultrasound lab where they checked Jackson's biological functions and measured the amount of amniotic fluid. From what I could tell his heart looked good. You could actually see the chambers. They showed us his stomach and bladder and reaffirmed that he's a boy. They also said he doesn't have a lot of hair on his head. It just amazes me that you can get that level of detail!

It took more than half of the day, but we left knowing that Jackson still looks healthy. My doctor has decided to induce next Thursday if Jackson still hasn't arrived. I would much rather go into labor on my own before then, so all prayers are appreciated! Regardless, we'll likely get to meet our little boy by next Thursday!

6 comments:

Kammy said...

Thanks for the update, Elizabeth! I was wondering how you were doing... apparently you're one of the *lucky* ones that gets to make it to 40+ weeks. We'll be praying that you get to meet Jackson very, very soon!

Wendy said...

I was wondering how you were doing too!! I can't believe you will have that little baby by next week! I'm ecstatic!!!!!!!!

Melissa said...

Can't wait to see him! I'm praying for you guys.

Candace said...

We've been thinking about you guys! Glad I decided to check your blog today. :-) So Thurs the 12th if not sooner, right? Let us know! -C and family

TheGreens said...

good luck!! It's sooo totally worth it!

Melissa

Ashley said...

awww, that's so exciting! we'll be thinking about you guys and praying. :)