Yesterday we had our 24 week checkup for the baby. It went as most 24 week checkups do – couple questions, some measuring, doppler the heartbeat, talked a bit and then “welp, see you next time”. Pretty standard stuff.
We did, however, talk in some detail about labor and delivery and some of the things we can prepare for and expect and it was really a confirmation that, barring any heart-related issues, which are common with Downs, this could be business as usual. The doctor made the good point that in many Downs pregnancies, and certainly all just decades ago, no one knew of the DS until after delivery, sometimes days and weeks even. So, ultimately, no special planning or care was taken. We have the luxury of knowing what to be prepared for, so that is actually quite nice and less stressful, but otherwise we don’t have to do anything differently or be particularly cautious.
That news, along with some other more “normal” moments of the visit really made Michelle feel good about things. That is positive and a sign that her attitude is coming around. Still don’t wanna rush her and we both still have moments, but we are really getting the hang of this, I think
On the way out, we ran into a friend of ours and her husband. They are expecting and were in for an early-term check-up. They know about baby boy’s DS and they we chatted a little. I know a couple weeks ago it was hard on Chelle to think about others who are pregnant and the fact that they’re not gonna have to go through this. I think that is tough to see and maybe even tougher to find excitement and happiness for them. Yesterday, however, she was very happy and excited for them and I know she’s starting to see that we are all to be happy and excited for all the new wonderful lives coming into our lives, our little guy is one of many and he’ll be a little different, but probably a lote more awesome…i mean, come on! He is OUR kid, after all
Well, despite our chipper day, night time was a little less wonderful with Liddy having a really tough time falling to sleep and both of us getting a little worn out trying to help her get there. Sadly, she woke up just as I finally laid down to go to bed at about 12:30am and vomited It was really sad. She cried and then had some weird spells of energy and lucidity, but had several icky moments. We cleaned her up and brought her into our bed where we could be quick to get a bucket and clean her up. I think Chelle maybe got 2-3 hours of sleep. I think I maybe got 1. Between the 3 of us, we are having a rough go of this Friday from being sick and tired.
Here’s hoping it’s a 24 hour thing. Our friends have a little b-day party tonight and we are trying to sneak out to a double date for dinner with another couple beforehand…you know, normal stuff. I think we could really use a night out of fun and good food and just being excited about everything with our friends. Hopefully Liddy gets down OK so we can make that happen. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery.