He's TINY. He's measuring several weeks behind and weighs 1 lb 10 oz. right now- which puts him at the 2nd percentile for gestational age. Since he is growing at a good rate, they don't seem too concerned about his size- but they said to expect him to be a VERY small baby. His heartbeat was 146 bpm, nice and strong. He is still breech.
My amniotic fluid levels are low. Not low enough to be SUPER concerned, but they are rechecking me again in two weeks. If my fluid levels are the same or lower, I'll be checked into the hospital for bed rest and monitoring, and Elliot will probably need to be born around then... probably at 29 or 30 weeks. So until then I'll be drinking tons of water, relaxing, and trying not to worry. HOPEFULLY everything turns out all right and they can keep him in there longer- the longer the better. Because he is AWFULLY small.
The neonatologists, doctors, surgeon, and social worker all told me the same thing: that EVEN if he were to be born TODAY, he would have an 80-90% chance of survival.
Elliot's pediatric surgeon is the nation's leader for gastroschisis. He and his colleagues published the largest study of gastroschisis babies ever made, and he actually CREATED the silos and closure methods that have become standard practice for gastroschisis babies today. He treats a large number of these babies a year, and said that 95% of them go on to lead completely normal lives. I have absolutely NO DOUBT that Elliot is in good hands.
The NICU was fantastic- very modern and nice. There were approximately 5-6 babies per room. The staff was extremely friendly, positive, and helpful. They answered all of my questions and gave me a wealth of information and resources. It feels so much better to have actually SEEN where I will be spending so much of my time.
Well, folks, that's about it.
Unfortunately, we didn't get any really good ultrasound pictures, because there wasn't enough fluid up by his face/head. Honestly, now it's just a waiting game- they told me to come to my next appointment (in 2 weeks) with my bags packed, because there is a good chance that I won't be coming home.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers!