It's unlikely that anything could look better for our situation. Brynn's heart rate continues to be in really good condition, I have not had ONE contraction to date (and I'm not even on the drugs to stop them anymore), I've gotten rid of all my IVs (phew), and to top it all off, my fluid is leaking slower and slower now. It's rare, but it looks like I have a good chance to build up at least a little fluid so Brynn can swim a little bit in there. Although I've been informed it's not possible for the sac to heal itself and completely re-accumulate all the fluid, it's likely that Brynn's head is blocking the point of exit, allowing only minimal fluid to escape and some fluid to build up.
In my first ultrasound, we even saw little Brynn trying to exercise her lungs already--which is common for all babies in utero, but rarer for one at only 24 weeks. So that is super encouraging. It's almost as if she knew she was going to be early and she started working on her exercise routine ahead of schedule!
I am in very good spirits. Well, I'll admit I panicked at first--you can imagine a routine nightly trip to the bathroom turning into a total upheaval of expectations, not to mention being all alone since Matt was on business in New York! But since I had a chance to collect my thoughts and say some silent prayers, I've been filled with a sense of absolute peace. As a natural worry wart, I can only assume God's giving me a wonderful gift of faith and optimism.
I feel 100% willing to accept whatever happens and content to take things day by day. But I must say that even though I wouldn't categorize it as "getting my hopes up," I just keep feeling like everything is going to be just fine and Brynn will be a healthy little squirt complete with tantrums and runny noses when the time comes! I'm so looking forward to being her mother and am happy for this time in the hospital to reflect about the wonderful blessings ahead.
All my love,