i.e. Baby Voss
For those of you who are waiting with baited breath, keep waiting :)
How much longer you ask.
Wouldn't we all like to know!
In lieu of a status update on facebook, I decided to explain more thoroughly here.
Our due date was September 1, 7 days ago. Now for you parents out there, you already know that babies haven't exactly developed their sense of time yet. Feel free to pass that on to the medical and scientific world.
When we moved, and transferred care, we found an amazing midwife at a nearby hospital (a win/win for Matt and I. We get the consistency of always seeing the same care provider, and the safety and security of the hospital (NICU, etc - ah yes, the true sign of first time parents!). And one of the great things about our care provider is that she's Irish, so we like to think we have the luck of the Irish on our side. Well, it's fun to say anyway. The small disadvantage of this little fact - for us - is that she is leaving for holiday in Ireland on Tuesday.
What does all this mean?
Today was our 41 week check up. We had an ultrasound to ensure, in layman's terms, there is still enough amniotic fluid for baby. Then I had a fetal non-stress test. It basically monitors baby's heart rate and movement, which helps the doctor conclude that baby is getting enough oxygen. We passed both with flying colors.
The next steps:
Unless baby comes before Saturday, go back to the hospital for another stress test.
Tuesday, have another check up and stress test and make more decisions.
In the meantime:
PRAY specifically that baby comes before Monday. Why? Our midwife will still be in the country and more than likely be at delivery. AND, we really like our midwife (read - we would prefer her during delivery rather than whoever is on call).
AND, pray for patience for both of us. We are both ready and excited!
AND, pray for a safe and healthy labor and delivery for both mom and baby. (Read - our preference is no inducing, drugs, etc.)