|Baby at 35 weeks|
Logically, the effects of the antibodies would get worse with each pregnancy, because the levels of antibodies are always increasing. We thought this baby would definitely need to have an intrauterine fetal blood transfusion. We thought that the pregnancy would barely make it to 35 weeks before we needed to deliver this baby. And we thought that I would have to move to my dad's place with my other children early in the pregnancy and that I'd have multiple appointments to manage every week. But, God had other plans for us.
Imagine our joy when, at our first ultrasound appointment with the specialists in Calgary, the doctor explained to us that the dopplers showed MCA values that were well within normal range. She also explained that there are so many unknown factors when it comes to antibody incompatibilities and that some babies are not as affected as others. Of course, we knew that we would have to take it one appointment at a time, but for the first time, we were given hope that perhaps, this pregnancy would not be as bad as we feared it would be.
My list of blessings:
- The prayers of our family and friends from around the world. Prayers work miracles! And in our case, they helped us to remain at peace, they helped us to manage the crazy travel schedule, and they showed us how God can work miracles that kept this baby from having major complications!
- My first ultrasound and specialist appointments were not until the end of February, just before19 weeks.
- We were able to arrange a share-care type of situation where I could have some ultrasounds done in Calgary and some in Edmonton, and I could also see my regular physician between appointments in Calgary. This really cut down the distance that we needed to travel and saved me from having to leave home earlier than wanted.
- This baby has shown remarkable resiliency right from the start.
- I had ultrasound appointments every 2-2.5 weeks from the end of February to the end of April. And most of them were in Edmonton.
- At the end of April, when the levels started going up, we managed 3 weekly trips to Edmonton, until I could move down to my dad's just after Victoria Day weekend.
- Though the levels went up, they have stayed relatively close to the high-end of normal levels since April.
- God has certainly protected us every time that we got on the road. There were some bad accidents and bad weather and road conditions, but we made each trip safely.
- Dave had a chance to come down for a quick visit.
- Last week was the only week that I had appointments on 2 different days. The rest of the time I have only had one appointment per week.
- Because of the appointment schedule, the kids and I were able to go home for a week and spend Father's day with Daddy.
- Today was my last appointment before the baby is born.
- The levels today were the same as the levels at the end of April. (There has been some variation with higher levels a couple of times, but those tended to be on the days when the baby was very active.)
- I got to choose an induction date. June 28. That is right at 37 weeks, which means the baby is considered full-term.
- I get to meet my littlest one in just 5 or 6 days!