Portrait of Our Baby

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We had our first ultrasound yesterday and it was lovely.   Little baby was all sorts of active, to the delight of his or her siblings, and the little heart is beating strong.  All is well.

In other news, I was all psyched up to do battle with my doctor at this first visit.  You see, I’ve had three over-nine-pound babies, which automatically flags you for gestational diabetes.  In fact, I was scheduled to take a blood-glucose test two weeks ago.  I didn’t.  What I did do was all sorts of research, and I’m fairly convinced that gestational diabetes is a made-up disease and that women should NOT be routinely screened for it.  Also, there is no statistical evidence that it causes large babies.

Anyway, my doctor is not a doctor at all, but an Army midwife, and I loved her from the minute I met her.  She’s laid back, joyful, and not at all concerned with anything, except my age.  She even said my stretch marks look amazing for all the babies I’ve had.  (She’s my new best friend.)

Ah, but then she noticed all those nine-pounders on my chart.  “Don’t even mention gestational diabetes to me,” I said.

“You never had gestational diabetes?” she asked.  I shook my head.  She shrugged.  “Well, the good news is, we know you don’t have any trouble delivering big babies!”

She knows we go long.  She knows we won’t be doing any terminating.  And she was even pretty excited about the prospect of the older girls being present for the birth.  (I’m not sure I am!)  All in all, this was my most successful, non-stressful OB visit ever.

And did I mention that baby is doing just fine?  I’ve been so worried, but I was on cloud nine yesterday.  🙂

14 Comment

  1. Oh how I love you, dear sister! 🙂 I’m on cloud nine right with you! And oh how wonderful to have a care provider who gets you!! Hugs from way too far away… 🙂

  2. I too am so very happy for you. The baby looks beautiful. It is wonderful to have someone who is cheerful working WITH you for a healthy and happy birth. She sounds like a gem.
    I am hugging you and wishing we were not so many miles apart.
    Take care of yourself,
    Love always,
    Mommy

  3. Lovin’ that little baby! Take care of you, and her ( I think her).

  4. Whew! So glad that everything is going along swimmingly! Hugs and Kisses!

  5. I’ve been wondering and praying each night and hoping for good news. And what a lovely sight that picture is! I am so happy for you all!

    1. Oh, Jenny, those prayers are so very much appreciated. Thank you!

  6. Congratulations! I work for a university based school of nursing and I LOVE LOVE our midwifery professors and students. They are just such wonderful, holistic health care providers (and all around great women), so pleased to hear you are enjoying such a relationship with your midwife.

    1. I had midwife-assisted births in Germany, and the whole thing was very peaceful and calm, and my last delivery here in the States was attended my a midwife, too. I’d choose a midwife over a doctor every time!

  7. angoraknitter says:

    I’m so happy for you and your family for the blessings of this new little one!

    I must say…I hadn’t realized that having large babies, specifically anything over 9lbs, puts us on the endangered list. I’m glad to see you thus far have a midwive who is capable of seeing a variance of normal.

    1. I didn’t know she was a midwife before I saw her, and I was all prepared with my arguments about why I did not have a problem with diabetes. So many hours of research! So much angst! And all for naught. 🙂 Actually, I’m not sure I’ll take the glucose test later, either. I just don’t see that it makes a difference in treatment. For example, even though I passed the GD test, they insisted on heel-prick blood samples from my 9+ pound babies anyway, after every feeding, to make sure they were not having blood sugar issues. What’s the point of the test if they don’t trust it? Grrrr.

  8. So exciting! I’m looking forward to seeing this new little one!

    1. Thank you, ladies! Thank you for your prayers and for your support and for loving this baby with me. I’m so blessed to have you all!

  9. I am SO very happy for you, dear sister! Baby C. is beautiful! I adore early ultrasound pictures! Continued prayers for a healthy, uneventful pregnancy!

  10. Just beautiful!! So glad you had a nice visit with your midwife! Praying for you and your little one!

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