This afternoon we went for another level 2 ultrasound at Forsyth Hospital's Prenatal Assessment Center. Have I mentioned how much we love Kathy, the sonographer, who works there? She is so very loving and encouraging and affirming. She thinks Clara is as beautiful as we do and was so positive about everything she saw. We like to hear that. She weighs 2 pounds, 2 ounces which is the 60th percentile. The stomach is still above the diaphragm, but liver and spleen are still below so no change there. We were able to watch her lungs "working" a little. Before babies are born they kind of practice-breathe the fluid in and out of their lungs and we could see her little chest rising and falling. That was a great encouragement to us because if she's able to do that then it seems like to me that we're getting some healthy lung growth and development. They couldn't really say how much lung tissue there is (that's something hard to tell on an ultrasound and better seen with an MRI), but we have no reason to believe that the lungs aren't still trying to grow and develop in what space they have. Her heart is deviated (which just means it's moved a little to a different place and rotated some) because of the stomach so they can't really get a great look at it, but it was beating strong and sounding good at 156bpm. We have another fetal echocardiogram in January to take a better look at the heart. We also saw her hiccup, smile (YES, SMILE!), and suck on her fingers. She is looking more and more human and we think awfully beautiful (despite Kathy's suggestion that she may have Robert's head). So, enjoy these new ultrasound photos and keep praying. It means so much to us.
|Face and hand
|Here's a picture that shows the diaphragmatic hernia. You should not be able to see her stomach and heart in the same plane and there they are together....
There's our girl. Robert and I are headed out on a date night - we know there won't be too many more of those before long! Thanks for sharing in our love and joy and in continued fervent prayers. A good work is begun, for sure.