Last week we got to see our baby again! I was 21 weeks along, so they took all the baby’s measurements. The technician assured me once again that he’s a boy! We are still just so excited about that! All of his measurements were exactly right on target, and so far he looks completely healthy–yea!
It seems, however, that there always has to be an item of concern. Right now the placenta is too close to the cervix. The doctor said it’s not enough to be considered previa, but that they will need to keep an eye on it. The good news is that I will get another sonogram next time. I always love to see my baby! She said that the placenta usually moves up, and she seemed very confident that it will do so. Worst case scenario, if it doesn’t move up, we would be going through a C-section. I know so many people go through this all the time without complications, but we are praying for a natural delivery!
After my sonogram I was sent back to the waiting room to wait for my doctor’s appointment. The doctor was running late, and the lady next to me was having a fit. Her appointment was actually scheduled after mine. She went on and on about how her time was valuable and that if they didn’t get her in she was leaving and never coming back. She had two children with her, ages about 10 and 12, who were playing happily on their ipods. “Well, at least your kids are happy,” I said as my youngest two were running crazily around the office.
“They’d be happier somewhere else!” she snapped. Truth be told, I was getting impatient myself. Actually, though, watching and listening to this woman helped me to be more patient! When I saw what my similar thoughts looked like when verbalized and acted out, I repented. It all sounded so self-centered. Even waiting at the doctor’s office is not all about me. I thought about how not too long ago I sat in one of the doctor’s rooms crying with the news that my baby had no heart beat. My doctor spent all the time with me that I needed, caring and explaining. She didn’t rush out to keep her schedule.
The angry lady lit into the receptionist and then the nurse before she stomped out. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. She gave up the care from a wonderful doctor in her selfish little tantrum. I wondered how often I do the very same thing, maybe not at the doctor’s office but with my husband and children, in my selfish impatience wreck what could have been a wonderful time–too often to count I’m afraid!
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Thanks, Esther, for those thoughts. Something for me to keep in mind as I go about my day today and this week.
Esther, I read your blog all the time, but I never actually comment. But this is so good to remember. We have no idea why someone is running late. In our head, we think they are just sitting in the back playing cards, but in truth, they are probably doing something SO much more important. Thanks for writing here. It always brightens my day or gives me something to think about
Too true, too true… I’m forever repenting of my impatience, of snapping at people where I should love more … Thanks.
I find – that I am selfish MOST of the time. Recently I’ve been trying to stay aware of it. And this has opened my eyes to how VERY selfish I really am.
I’ve been actively trying this year to weed out the selfishness in my heart. It’s not easy — there’s a whole lot more there than I thought. When I catch myself with the selfishness I whisper to myself, “it’s not all about me.” (even though many times I don’t want to!) You’d think at 50 I could win this battle once and for all.
Is there anything sweeter than seeing our baby on the screen? The baby we haven’t yet seen or held but love so deeply? I’m so happy you are getting some extra peeks.
I’ve been on the receiving end of impatient people too many times to count (I worked several years in customer service). It’s horrible. It’s not the receptionist or the nurses fault. Sometimes (most times) things don’t go as planned!
Having been a medical receptionist and school secretary, I have a lot of sympathy for people in that position. It infuriates me when I see people get belligerent with a receptionist because really, the receptionist has no control over the situation. They’re just trying to do their job and follow the rules. And they have to just sit there and take the abuse. It’s not fun. At all.
As human beings we are predisposed to be selfish and I fight that battle every day too. But y’know, I’ve found that in situations when I put my selfishness aside and smile and be patient, I end up making someone’s day. If you can’t change the situation, you can at least choose to make the best of it. 🙂
h. rae says
Ohhh, ouch. I hate to witness scenes like that. I’m so glad your baby is doing well! What an exciting time for you and your family! I can’t want to see pictures! 🙂
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Selfishness is a huge area that truly the Lord needs to deal with in many lives. I battle with it and seek to purposefully think of others first. Thanks for sharing this example this week, may we take a lesson and plan to work out patience and grace in our paths. Thanks for being a blessing.
I have several times caught myself in a position like that lady….not in public (I’m too worried about what people think to be rude to strangers, for goodness sake)….but in my home around family. There are so many times that in the middle of a rant at my kids or hubby, I suddenly think “What if one of my kids were taping me on one of their gadgets and I didn’t know it?” (They’ve voice taped me before and I didn’t know it) What a way to humble someone!!!! I sound like a raving idiot! I keep that in mind when my selfish temper begins to take over….if I’d be embarrassed to watch/listen to it, it shouldn’t be happening. (you might have just given me an idea for a post…LOL)
I witness scenes like this all the time at the hospital when I go in for my weekly blood work often times I will give up my place in line and let someone go before me since I often have plenty of time in my day. You would be amazed at how many people don’t even say thanks or even smile when I say to them “No, please you go on ahead of me you seem like you are in a hurry.” People are rush rushing ahead from one thing to another these days and I think they miss out on a lot in the process! I am so glad baby boy and mom are doing well! I will say a prayer for you both around the issue of the possible previa.
Those moments of revelation always come at the perfect time don’t they. I am so sorry about your previous loss and praying that everything moves up like it’s supposed to!
Many times I enjoyed my time in the waiting room as it was a quiet rest from my usually loud and busy life!
This is a great thing to keep in mind. I don’t believe in “coincidence”…God has a plan for us, even to the smallest details. That’s not to say that I don’t still struggle with accepting His timing! lol
So happy for you to be expecting again, and a boy…what fun! Don’t worry if you have to go with a C-section. It’s not optimal, but you’ll do great regardless.
I had placenta previa with my last pregnancy which I found out about because I had started spotting around 4 mths. I had an ultrasound around this time and the doc said that I was having a girl. I had to have ultrasounds at each visit up to about 33 weeks when the doctor determined that the previa had moved enough and I could give birth normally. I really didn’t want to have a C-section but I was grateful for the previa in the end, because at the 33 week ultrasound I found out that I was actually having a BOY! LOL! I pray that the placenta will move upwards as it should and that you will have a regular birth. I also pray that you will continue to have a happy and healthy pregnancy.
Yay! Glad your baby boy is still doing fine. And now you’re over half-way through your pregnancy! That’s always an exciting mark to hit. Have a GREAT weekend!
I had a placenta previa during my first pregnancy last 2009. It was a complete placenta previa wherein the cervix is totally covered with placenta. We were told to prepare for the C-section but due to excessive bleeding I was hospitalized on the 19th week of my pregnancy. We lost our baby boy but now I am thankful for another blessing of a baby girl. I can relate much to your story. My prayers for you and your little boy.