Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Harper Update

I went to Dr. Atkinson today to check on little Harper. I'm always a little anxious before my appointments...especially on days that she gets measured. I always take a bag with me because I just never know what's going to happen or if I'll get to come home. I'm so thankful for how far we've made it (I'm 36 weeks and 4 days today) and I'm feeling much more at ease about the prospect of her coming anytime now.

At my last measuring appointment, Harper weighed 3 lbs, 11 oz. She had only gained 5 oz. in two whole weeks and I was pretty discouraged about that. So I went in today not expecting much, but just hoping and praying that she had grown even a little bit so that she could stay in a little longer for her lungs. Two different people took a total of four sets of measurements to be as accurate as possible and guess how much Harper weighs...

Drum roll please....

4 pounds, 8 ounces!!

Four and a half pounds!

I am just thrilled.

Dr. Atkinson was very pleasantly surprised.

Everything else looks great, so they sent me home for another week.

Dr. Atkinson talked with Dr. Robinson (the cardiologist) a few days ago and Dr. Robinson really stressed how critical her size is for heart surgery, so we're going to try and make it as long as possible. I have an appointment on Monday morning for a repeat amnio to check her lungs again and see how they are developing. I was told to have my bags packed and be ready to just stay until we deliver...which will be sometime on or before April 5th. Living in the hospital isn't ideal, but I know he is torn between leaving her in too long with a lousy placenta vs. letting her grow and develop as much as possible. Being able to monitor her several times a day will allow us to go as long as possible before delivery, which I feel really good about.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers! Prayer works...that's just all there is to it. We thank God for more good news today.

I am excited that we are so close to welcoming this little girl and I'm thankful that so many worries have been lifted these past couple of weeks.

I'm also excited that I get to see the two cutest boys ever be ring bearers in a wedding of a sweet friend this weekend. You KNOW I'll have lots of pictures of that to share next week. Let's just hope we don't turn her beautiful ceremony into a three-ring circus! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous about's a really long aisle they have to make it down!

Here are a couple of pictures of me and Harper from the last couple of weeks:

34 weeks

35 weeks

36 weeks


Elizabeth said...

Wonderful news Amy...still praying!!

Christian, Wife, Mommy, Friend said...

God's amazing with hearing our prayers! Thankful to hear of her growth. You're look BEAUTIFUL!!!

Jessica said...

Praise God!! So happy to hear she grew so much and is doing well! You look absolutely adorable, Amy! :)

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