March 25th, 31wks.
Well, this was a semi-long, informative
appointment. I'll start with the ultrasound.
Ella is weighing in at 4 lbs, 11 oz so
far (4 and 3/4 - almost 5), which is the
70th percentile (same as a month ago).
The level of amniotic fluid has not changed,
which is a good thing. Unfortunately when
we tried to re-do the 4D it just didn't
work out. Ella is just too big now and
the tech couldn't get a clear shot. :(
I've got a 2D scan on the vhs tape now,
but I'm still disappointed. I think we're
going to get a refund though for part
of it because I still didn't get my digital
movie and additional pictures that we
paid for. Yes, I got a 4th look at the
girl parts. Probably safe to take tags
off of the girl clothes. I'll post a couple
of new pictures, and then below the pictures
will be how the portion with the doctor
is a shot of her hair. This
picture is a lot like the one
tech says she has lots of it. I
posted for 27wks.
Turns out I have a bladder infection.
I had no idea. It could explain some mild
cramping I've had lately and the one-sided
back pain I've been experiencing as well.
I get to take an antibiotic for a week
and that should clear it all up.
This appointment left me a little dismayed
I guess (not sure if that word is too
strong or not). Dr. Lawrence said that
with my height, my body was probably designed
to deliver babies that are about 6.5 lbs.
Ella should reach that in the next 4 weeks,
but there are 9 weeks to go. So if she
goes full term, and an ultrasound shows
her to be 9 pounds or more, there is a
very high chance that I'll be having a
c-section. :( I really don't want to have
a c-section... the recovery from that
is so much longer. When I hear women say
they want to do a scheduled c-section,
I think they're crazy. So let's all pray
that Ella's growth slows down just enough
that I don't need a c-section. Oh... should
mention that my doctor is not in favor
of inducing labor early because of size.
Says it's better to let the body go on
it's own. Besides, he says if the baby
is big, then whether it's 2 weeks early
or 2 weeks late, the baby is still big.
Growth slows down a lot the last 4 weeks.
Also found out that my belly measures
37 weeks. So essentially I look like a
full-term woman. Great. Just how huge
am I going to get? This is of course due
to my shortness.
Oh, weight gain was fine... 3 pounds again
in 2 weeks, but a pound or pound and a
half is pretty average for the second
So other than being big, Ella looks just
perfect. I should just try and remember
that... all that really matters is that
Next appointment is Thursday, April
15th at 10:00am.