Tuesday, February 3, 2009
3 February- I've returned to St. Louis in time for lots of news. Late last week it was determined that while the baby is growing steadily, Kel has not been gaining the weight they would like. So she is now drinking protein shakes to try to pack on some pounds. Caroline's heartbeat has been much more erratic and the nurses say that means she is reactive which is a great sign of maturing. Today Kel had another ultrasound where the fluid levels were a little lower but the tech and Kel were able to see Caroline's chest expanding and contracting. The tech called these "practice breaths" and they could actually watch the diaphragm working. This is an excellent sign that she is building the skills she will need after birth. If that weren't enough good news, tomorrow is the 30 week mark, another big milestone.