So, I had an ultrasound scheduled the day after my due date to check to be sure everything looked good going into the weekend. I had not had any changes in how I felt or contraction frequency (YES! I had been having contractions for MANY WEEKS and even had two nights where I was up with some discomfort - though I now know that it was really NOTHING compared to what people really mean when they say discomfort with contractions - with no changes); so, I expected that we'd be going for the ultrasound and then heading out for a fun morning of going to brunch and shopping! David had even brought a bunch of coupons. We went into the ultrasound room and she immediately saw Caleb "practicing breathing," his heart looked great and his movements were good. She tried to get some pictures and we actually saw his face briefly (it actually looked exactly what he looked like...chubby cheeks and round!).
Then she moved on to the amniotic fluid measurements. Despite being a doctor, I have NO CLUE how much fluid there should be; all I know is that I thought "that looks like really small spaces." After that, we waited. My doctor's nurse brought us back and said that Dr. Brantley would be here soon. Hmmm...I didn't think that was part of the plan but okay. Then after a little while, she told me to get ready for an exam. Um, yeah...I KNOW that wasn't part of the plan! When Dr. Brantley came in she said "I didn't anticipate this at all! Your fluid is low and we need to come in to have a baby today." Of course, I hadn't changed any...was only 1 cm dilated (I had been this for 2 weeks). So, I'm in shock. Then she says, "And I'm not going to be in town this weekend so the on call doctor will deliver you." More shock...
When she left to get everything set up, I just fell into David and started crying! Yes, I was ready to meet my baby...and had been for a while. But I didn't anticipate that EITHER...and wanted to go get brunch! Isn't that silly...I was crying because I was missing brunch with my husband AND my doctor wouldn't be there. I knew everything would be okay...but I wanted brunch and my doctor!
(To be continued)