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Friday, August 14, 2009

Earlier Than Expected?

I went to my last 1-month dr. appointment yesterday with one major question in mind. I've been feeling like this baby is really big, and I wanted to know if there is anything we can do to know how big (preferably prior to weighing him after he's born). He just feels huge to me, like he consumes more space than the other boys did at this stage, and it's been causing me to worry about things like emergency c-sections. Kirk - I think in an attempt to help me not worry - has been assuring me that it's probably all in my head. But I figured it didn't hurt to ask, right?

I saw my nurse because Dr. Terry was off delivering 2 babies. She's really awesome, though, and I trust her as much as the doctor, so I still asked my question. She let me know that we can do an ultrasound at 36 weeks (4 weeks away) to try to gauge the fetal weight. She did warn me that it isn't very accurate, but it might give us a guess.

Then she measured me. For those of you not up to date on how it all works, you are supposed to measure 1 cm for every week of pregnancy. So 32 weeks should equal 32 cm. She measured once, then (unseen by me) mouthed to Kirk, "He's big." She took a step back, stepped forward again, and measured again. She laughed.

"Sorry," she said, "I really shouldn't laugh. But you're measuring 2 weeks ahead."


"I double checked, just to be sure, and you're definately 34 cm. So, we might be looking at taking this baby even earlier." (We were already planning on taking him a week early due to my history of large babies.)

I don't know for sure yet, and I'm not sure when I will know for sure. But here's what I do know:

1. It's not in my head. This baby is big.
2. They are going to use the due date from my ultrasound (Oct. 9th) when scheduling the induction. So I can pretty much count on Oct. 2nd to be Dylan's birthday, unless they do decide to take him earlier.
3. I'll get to see the baby via ultrasound at 36 weeks, which I've never done before. I'm excited.
4. Both the baby and I are totally healthy, and none of this really poses a threat to either of us, as long as we don't let him get too big.

My hope: that they let me have the baby on Sept 28th. I can't think of a better present for my 28th birthday. :)


Sarah said...

ah!!! we are facing the EXACT same thing around here. in a weird way, I'm glad that you've been there/doing that to fill me in.

if one more person asks the "when are you due" and then gasps when I tell them Nov. I'm certain I will scream before walking away. But...I am HUGE, HURTING (more than before), it is NOT JUST IN MY HEAD.

Last doct visit (when I was just at 26+ weeks) I measured 35 cm. 35!!! Doct said to wait and see if baby's growth tapers off my next visit (maybe it was just a growth spurt for that month), but I'm thinking not. 35!!! ugh. She did also offer to do another ultrasound if babe still seems large. That's a bit exciting (but also nerve-racking since she is NOT one to give more than one ultra-sound for the entire pregnancy).

maybe it will end up being a race to the finish between us. let's hope for no c-section...and no HUGE boys!

(perhaps I'll vent about it via the blog, even though you just got the length of it!)

Nene said...

I was thinking at church on Sunday that you are such a stinkin' cute pregnant girl! I didn't notice you being "big". Hmm, I'll look again this Sunday, lol. Keep us posted!

Julie said...

K, so this is a cool post because I totally had Dr. Terry in Salt Lake and if it was Cindy measuring you, she's being straight up with anything she tells you. Also, I turn 28 on September 23rd so we're close! :)

Jami said...

Oh no! We'd better schedule your maternity session ASAP! Let me know any days in the next couple of weeks that won't work for you and we'll get something scheduled. I'm in Denver right now but I'll be back later Monday.