Let's see, what happened today? We saw the perinatologist and had a scan done to check the babies' growth and my cervix. My cervix still looks great. However, Apple is now starting to lag behind her brother in size. She is only about 2 pounds 7 ounces, while Banana is around 3 pounds 1 ounce. Banana is above the 50% mark for the singleton growth curve and Apple is below the mark. They are about 21% different. Apparently they like them to be no more than 20% different and they tend to worry more if they are the same gender with significant differences, because boys tend to be bigger than girls anyway. Apple's fluid is also a little bit low now. It appears her placenta isn't quite as efficient as Banana's.
What does all of this mean? Who knows. The perinatologist said we need to start doing growth scans every 10 days or so, but she didn't seem to think we needed to monitor the babies constantly. However, the OB on call today did her rounds while I was getting scanned, so she missed me. When the nurses came in for afternoon monitoring, I asked why we were still doing this since the babies seemed to be fine every time we did and my contractions weren't changing. They said now that they are seeing a growth difference, we have more reason to monitor the babies.
I asked the nurse to call the OB and ask her to stop by. No one ever officially said today whether I'm going home or not so the nurses are assuming I'm here at least until tomorrow. I really would just like to know if there is a point to staying in the hospital. If the growth scans will only be every 10 days, no need to stay here for that. And if nothing helps my contractions, but my cervix is fine, can't they just check that periodically? No one has said anything about daily cervix checks. The perinatologist did suggest we try cele.brex for 48 hours to see if that helps the contractions. But the OB still hasn't written orders for that. Everything just seems very scattered and uncoordinated today.
To be honest, I would be fine if they want me here long term. I just wish I knew so that we could plan accordingly. Right now B is bringing me fresh clothes every day or two, rather than packing a whole bag. I haven't stocked the mini-fridge with anything thinking that I could be leaving any day now. They have special mattresses you can order if you are here long term. Of course I would rather be home. But being in limbo just sucks. Just tell me one way or the other, please.
I'll update later if the OB ever stops by.
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