Car seat is installed and stroller is put together! Had my 36 week appointment this week. They were a little worried I was measuring small due to low weight gain in a month and my fundal height being the same as it was at 32 weeks. Got to have one final glimpse of baby “D” on an ultrasound and they think he’s 6lbs 2oz which is right on track. The ultrasound did give them a chance to see that he is in the frank breech position so we will have to wait and see what they want to do about that. As far as baby is concerned his digestive system is finishing it’s final developments and from the ultrasound I could see that baby “D” is going to have a nice set of hair on his head at birth! Next week we will be early term!
We’re early term! Yay! But baby is still breech. After much debate and talking to lots of friends, we decided to schedule an E.C.V. for this week. For those of you who don’t know, an E.C.V. stands for External Cephalic Version and really just means a manual flipping of baby. It’s a procedure they have available these days to try to turn a breech baby to the head down position by pushing on mom’s belly. There are definitely some risks with the procedure with the worst case scenario ending in an emergency C section. Not ideal, but with a 60% success rate we figured the odds were in our favor and if it would avoid scheduling a planned C section at 39 weeks, we felt it was worth it. After much prayer and me doing lots of exercises recommended by my doula friend, Savanna, from the spinning babies website baby “D” was head down the day the version was scheduled! Praise God! Thanks for all of the prayers. Now we just pray he stays that way! This week he’s about 6.5 lbs and getting bigger every day!
Baby is still head down and Paul and I were thrilled to get a nice long weekend in before baby comes. We took a day trip to Morro Bay and Cambria (Definitely had our hospital bag in the car just in case). We also went to an 80’s themed murder mystery party and got another trip in to Lowes to finish some house projects and the last baby project for Henry (see Nursery post). Baby is producing a lot of surfactant this week so his lungs can expand with those first breaths!
Baby is considered full term this week! We are all ready for “H” day (our term for Henry’s date of arrival). Paul finished up one more qualification he was hoping to get done before Henry arrived so we are definitely ready now. Had our 39 week appointment as well and were told that not only is Henry still head down, but his head is low and engaged. (This is good for labor!) Baby’s lungs are fully developed now and the main thing still growing and developing is his brain!
Well, I wasn’t sure if we would make it this far or not, but yesterday, October 19th, was our official due date so we are officially over due. 50% of pregnancies go past their due date, especially since it’s just an estimated date to begin with. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our sweet boy. I think Henry is just delaying his all milk diet and I honestly can’t blame him. Good news is I’m still feeling good and he seems to be happy in there still. The next post should include a picture of our sweet little boy and oh are we ready to meet him!