To read Part I, click here.
Friday, November 22 - My midwife sends the transfer papers to Dr. Elliot's office.
Monday, November 25th - I receive a call from Dr. E's office to schedule an appointment. Due to Thanksgiving that week, the soonest one available is for the following Monday - one whole week away.
Our family spends the rest of the week going on with life as usual. This early on, humanly speaking, there is virtually nothing that could be done to save the pregnancy, except for reducing stress as much as possible. My main concern at this point is the monoamniotic diagnosis from the first ultrasound. While misdiagnoses are common, this is a very severe complication that could very likely kill both babies. I am being optimistic that the appointment on Monday will find the babies healthy and well. The concern about developing TTTS is only peripheral in my mind, overshadowed by the mo/mo diagnosis.
I make sure to rest even more than usual, and continue to ensure I am getting lots of fluids and protein. We have a family Thanksgiving, but take all week to prepare the meal, with help from my husband and older children.
A little craft time with the girls
Nap time for crabby babies
Miriam made this diaper cake for me all by herself during nap time. She is a sweetie, and always surprising me with cute things she makes.
Dessert: apple strudel...
... a la mode
We played many fun rounds of "Taboo" that day
Breakfast: pumpkin pie and hot chocolate
Another shortcut - we switched to paper plates months ago, when this pregnancy had me wiped out with more-than-usual fatigue. Yes, even for the Thanksgiving dinner. :)
Homemade kettle corn for story time - SO good!
This little dude just got a little chocolate calendar this year (which he enjoys very much).
In hindsight, it really worked out for the best that I could not see the specialist until after the holidays. I had been praying that if it would be better to see him sooner, they would get a cancellation and be able to fit me in. But like I have mentioned before, nothing much can be done before 17 weeks of pregnancy or so. Knowing that something was seriously wrong, but being unable to do anything about it, would have had me worried sick the whole time.