I forgot to post about my NST last week. Everything was great. Today I had a "super ultrasound". It consisted of a growth scan and bio-physical profile (BPP). I like the growth scans because I get an idea of how big Critter is getting. He's getting pretty darn big. Now I know the limitations of calculating weight/size based on scans and that it can over estimate weight. However it is just as likely to underestimate weight. So just how big is Critter? He's in the 93% for size, with 50% being the average size for his age. So only 7% of babies in his age category are larger than him. In fact he's 34 weeks 6 days and he measured into week 37 comfortably. All I can say is that I'm glad he's coming out early. His estimated fetal weight today is 6lbs 10 oz. YIKES! I think that by delivery he'll be pushing 8.5 lbs, and that is coming out two weeks early!! What a butterball. I'm not worried he'll be too big for a vaginal delivery, especially considering that I'm 6 feet tall with "birthin" hips. Jimmy was delivered vaginally at 8lbs 11 0z. I needed stitches in two places, but it was no big deal. I also think that these measurements do not take into account the size of the parents. One of the components used to calculate the size/weight is a measure of the femur. Well I've got very long legs and DH does too (he's 6'3"). I think what will actually happen is that Critter will be long and skinny. We will find out soon enough. The Dr. confirmed that my induction had been scheduled with the hospital. Somewhere between 25-30 days I'll have Critter home.
Uggh.. I hate that I wrote a mega-paragraph.
I so want to believe that it will happen. I'm pretty convinced that we will get a baby. But there is this tiny part of me that is holding back, not quite ready to believe it. I've sort of postponed doing some of the tasks an expectant mother does. Kind of like when I couldn't cut the tags off of his clothes. I posted earlier about packing the bag. I decided to do it, but not like I did with Jimmy. Just a few important things. Maybe some fun things (such as the tiara, feather boa, and Cary Grant photo).
I think the next couple of weeks will be the slowest days of my life. And the hardest. But if I can make it after that first month, I can make it through the coming weeks. I have to for myself, for those who are in their SPAL, for those who are TTC, for those who are on another path to family building, for Critter, and for Jimmy. He wants to see this baby brother everyone is talking about.
Monica and Critter (el gordito)