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Friday, August 5, 2011

My 36 week appointment..

This was the appointment that I have been anxiously awaiting (I was actually 36 weeks and 5 days).

We took Grace to my mom's because she freaks out every time I get an ultrasound. She doesn't understand what they are doing to me, or why I can't hold her. Plus I was supposed to be getting checked, so I didn't really want her there for that either.

We got there and they took us back to ultrasound. He's such a little cutie pie, but boy is he chunky!! He was weighing in at 7lbs 6oz!! I know that those measurements can be as much as 2 lbs off, but since he has measured ahead at every ultrasound I think he really is that big, and there is no way that the due date is wrong because we know the exact day I got pregnant. He is just a big boy!! He is also head and face down, which is great news! I spent an hour pushing with Grace because she was face up, and they had to get her turned.. it was awful.

But anyway, Chris asked the lady if it was bad that he was that big because she was acting amazed. The lady said that they would probably want to induce me because of how big he could potentially be at my due date and because I am so short that it could be a very hard delivery if we waited until my due date. As most of you know, I am highly against being induced this time, so I really didn't like this news. I firgured for sure that if the ultrasound tech was hollering induction that the doctors would be as well.

After the ultrasound they sent us back to the exam room to wait for the doctor. I laid there on the exam bed half naked for about an hour. I was really anxious to know if I was dilated/effaced at all because that could help me avoid an induction, so that hour seemed like an eternity. Then, or course it was just my luck, right when she was about to come exam me she got a call from the hospital saying that she was needed to deliver a baby, so they had to send me home.
Then, when we went to pick Grace up I was showing my mom the ultrasound pics, and I accidentally left them over there :( So, I can't post them yet, but we are going to pick them up tomorrow, so I promise I will post them asap.

I got to go back at 9am this morning. We had to take Grace with us this time, and I figured she would freak out when the doctor was checking me, but she did really well! She let Chris hold her the whole time, and didn't freak out at all.

Anyway, she checked me, and I am 1cm dilated, 70% effaced, and his head is fully engaged!! She didn't even mention an induction at all. She said that I have had a wonderful pregnancy, and that I am progressing wonderfully. I am really glad she was not already trying to schedule an induction! I really want to let this happen naturally, and now I am much more confident that my body is progressing and is going to do this on it's own :) Now, hopefully he doesn't get so big that I end up needing a c-section.

As far as symptoms, I don't have many. Spicy foods give me horrible heartburn. I am still nesting like crazy. I have to pee ALL the time!! Lol. And for some reason my dizziness has returned. It was gone for several weeks, and I was loving it. I thought it was over, but now it is back full force. I feel like I am constantly light-headed :( And of course, I am HUGE! Lol. I will take a pic and post it with his ultrasound pictures tomorrow :) My belly button is even poking out this time. It didn't poke out with Grace. And I do have some stretch marks under my belly already. I didn't get stretch marks with Grace until the last 2 weeks of pregnancy.

Other than that, we have pretty much everthing ready for his arrival. The only thing left that we need is a baby book for him (one of the ones where you fill in the blanks). And all I have left to do in his room is put up the signs Jessika made for him and put up his valance :) It's pretty much just a waiting game now


  1. WOW! Sounds great! I wouldn't worry too much about his weight. Samantha was almost 9 pounds and I am little. I didn't have to have a c-section. I was close, but I didn't have to have one. And I only pushed like a minute, but my labor was very long and difficult. I hope that you keep progressing, and that you doctor keeps supporting that you don't want to be induced.

  2. I am so glad to hear that you and Brentley are doing good!!!
    I just got finished watching Pregnant in America on Netflix. It is AWESOME. It talk about inductions and whether a baby can actually be to big for a mothers body. It may be a longer labor. Doctors just say to have a c section because it's 20 minutes and they are done and dont have to wait out however many hours with their patients. You should watch it. Ugh!!! I'm tearing up just thinking about it. I feel so robbed of a birth experience. I wish I would have been smarter than. I had Drew watch it to so maybe he could understand better but I don't think he does. He's not a mom.

  3. Brittany, the ultrasound lady was saying he could weigh as much as 10 lbs at birth! I really think he will be about 9lbs. My guess is 8lbs 14oz. I don't know why, but that is just what my gut tells me. And thank you! I hope she keeps supporting us as well.

    Jessika, I watched that awhile back. It is the reason I am completely against being induced this time. I fully believe that I was robbed of a normal birthing experience as well. I feel that the extremely hard contractions (caused by the pitocin) put stress on Grace, and caused her to have the bowel movement inside of me, which they caused almost a years worth of health problems from her dampened immune system. I had Chris watch it as well, and I think he actually did understand better. Yesterday his mom told us we needed to go ahead and be induced, and he actually pretty much told his mom off. He NEVER does that!
    There is another documentary on Netflix called "The Business of Being Born." It's not as good as "Pregnant in America," but it does offer some information on the subject as well. However, it does have several scenes with nudity. They are all of women giving birth, but I don't know how you feel about that, so just a warning :)