Week 30

I had my week 30 OB check this morning along with a follow-up ultrasound to double check the baby’s gender. Baby was extremely cooperative with her positioning for the gender check. Definitely a girl, no surprises there. I had never had an ultrasound this late in the pregnancy before so it was fun to see how much more developed the baby had become. She had much more fat on her body making her look less like a skeleton and more like a baby. She had really full lips and chunky cheeks. She moved around constantly and often opened and closed her mouth as if she were talking to us. Then when it was time to get the 3D photo she flipped over and made the positioning impossible. So that was a bummer but what can you do.
So the doctor’s report at the end of the ultrasound was short and simple…”Fetus is very large.” Just awesome, can’t wait to push this kid out! All of her measurements had her about two weeks bigger then her age. Her abdomen, head, and legs all were measuring in at 32 and 1/2 weeks so the doc said she is overall “just one big baby.” Not just fat but a big head and long body.
So then we had the discussion on when they decide if the kid is too big for you to deliver it on your own. Rules are if the kid is under 10 pounds they let Mom go into labor on her own. If the kid looks like it is going to be over 10 pounds they go straight for a cesarean and don’t even let you try for a natural birth. Apparently because they don’t think you can push out the shoulders and would end up having an emergency C section anyway. They won’t induce any earlier then 38 weeks because they want to give the lungs every chance to develop fully. So at this point its a wait and see game. He is going to do another ultrasound at 36 weeks to see if the growth curve has continued. Then we decide from there. Right now she is in the 80% percentile on size. If she stays on this curve she will be in the 9 pound plus range at full term. So that seems doable. Syd was 8 lb 12 oz and Reagan was 7 lb 13. So that doesn’t seem too much bigger, right?
Only other question I had for him was why I have this one dime sized spot on my belly that is extremely painful when she kicks it. Seems to be a favorite spot of hers. Doc says as my tummy gets bigger the muscles start shredding, I knew that already. But, apparently there are nerves in the tissue as well that start shredding. The kid seems to have found one of these nerves and likes using it as target practice. It just about knocks me to the floor when she hits it.
Here is the latest pic and ultrasound. You can see her full lips and chubby cheeks. Towards the end of the ultrasound you can see her open and close her mouth. I assume she is taking a drink but who knows.
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  • G’ma Coburn

    We’ve been buying baby clothes for you and will ship soon…we will include the receipts. Sounds like Baby Girl is bigger than we thought! We love you!