Did I mention that our little boy is already weighing 10 ounces and measuring at least 1 week ahead?
I think I did, but I just want to point that fact out again. I’m pretty sure of my dates – well not exactly as I did just have a miscarriage, but I had an early u/s (6 weeks 5 days) that confirmed my due date to be June 21st. Our little boy is measuring a week ahead of that at only 18 weeks. Um, do you think he’s going to be big? Nathan & Emily were both 9 pounds 13 ounces each. Nathan was born at 40 weeks exactly. Emily was born by scheduled c-section at 38 weeks 6 days. If she had gone to 40 weeks, she would have outweighed her brother.
Now at this point, we’re planning for another scheduled c-section at around 39 weeks. I’m thinking our little guy could top 10 pounds if he keeps this pace up! I don’t remember how much Nathan weighed at our 18 week ultrasound, but Emily weighed 8 ounces. And she was almost 10 pounds at 39 weeks. Eek!
Thankfully I am having a c-section so I really don’t have to worry too much. But still, it might be nice to have a baby who could wear 0-3 month clothes for longer than 2 weeks. Somehow I don’t think that’s going to happen. At this rate, our little guy might not fit into 0-3 months at all. So yeah if anyone buys us any clothes, please aim for 3-6 months minimum, thanks!
I am going to talk to my doctor about my due date. The high risk doctor said he didn’t plan on changing my due date because I did have the earlier ultrasound that is supposedly more accurate. (The bigger baby gets, the harder it is to get accurate measurements.) However, I’m concerned that if our little guy continues this measuring-ahead-pace, he’ll be so large that I’ll go into labor earlier than my scheduled c-section at 39 weeks, especially given that this is, afterall, my 3rd baby.
My dear mother-in-law is going to come up and watch Nathan & Emily for us while I’m having the baby. But that is for the scheduled c-section. Nate’s mom lives in North Carolina and she does have a job. It’s not as if we could exactly call her and say “Hey, Mom, can you leave um RIGHT now because Erika’s in labor?!” Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way – you know the whole scheduling thing/plane tickets/800 some miles away can pose a problem. So what would we do with Nathan & Emily if I were to go into labor earlier? Um, we’re not sure. I really would hate for Nate to have to watch them while I have the c-section by myself. That would kill me to go through that alone and not have Nate there to witness his 2nd son come into the world. But at this point, we don’t have any alternative babysitters. So… that’s why I’m planning on mentioning this all to my doctor to see if she thinks it might be a good idea to change my due date around a little bit. We shall see. Really, I’m not going to worry about it too much. I’ve never gone into labor on my own before (I was induced with Nathan, resulted in a c-section) so hopefully it won’t happen this time either.
My doctor appointment is this afternoon at 2 pm. Please pray it goes well. I plan on telling her everything that happened surrounding my ultrasound and asking for a repeat. I’m praying she’ll agree.
Poor Emily is sick. I mentioned the other day that she was coughing and threw up. Well it’s not a stomach bug, she just has a wicked bad cough. She has a sensitive gag reflex so I think she coughed so hard on Wednesday that it caused her to throw up. She seemed ok yesterday – coughing occasionally but otherwise acting pretty normal. But today she is acting sick. And coughing a lot – the kind of cough with junky stuff in your throat/lungs cough.
I figured out why the kids keep getting sick. Well it’s not been a lot, but Nathan had a cold/low fever a couple weeks ago, which Nate caught and then I eventually did too. Thankfully Emily escaped that round untouched. But now she’s sick. It wasn’t from church – we didn’t go to church last Sunday because we had a major snow storm. Then I figured it out – it’s from all the darn doctor appointments we’ve had lately. Of course. I try to wash their hands carefully afterwards and keep them from touching their eyes/putting things in their mouth, etc. but you know how kids are. I also dose both kids with echinacea before/afterwards, but sometimes those bugs slip through anyways. Thankfully, today is the last doctor appointment we should have for a month so maybe we’ll have a healthy month! One can hope and pray right?
I haven’t been feeling great last night and this morning. I’ve just been really exhausted and I’ve already been experiencing a lot of braxton hicks contractions. I went to bed somewhat early last night and slept a full 10 hours, hoping to wake up and feel better. But nope, I’m still having some minor contractions this morning. Not good at 18 weeks. I’m not worried given my history before – irritable uterus that doesn’t accomplish anything thank goodness. Hopefully that is the case again. But regardless I’m trying to drink a lot and keep my feet up as much as possible (does typing at the computer count as keeping my feet up? Probably not…I should probably finish up.) And dragging my poor sick daughter down to my doctor appointment anyways because I really need to see the doctor. I feel so bad about that, but I’ve been trying to get into my doc for months and this is the first chance I’ll have seen her all pregnancy. If I cancel, I won’t be able to see her for another month and I REALLY need to see her. Plus given my BH, I need to see her today.
I’ll update later… I’m sure it’s nothing, but please keep me in your prayers just the same.
Thankfully Nate is coming home tonight, granted for just about 36 hours – he’s leaving again at noon on Sunday, but I’ll take what I can get. He booked a late flight out today and his very nice co-worker is going to drive him home so I don’t have to drag the kids out at 10:30 at night to pick him up (another lovely effect of having one car.) Isn’t that so nice? I am so thankful!
ETA: 1 pm – The receptionist from my doctor’s office just called. I would never have believed it, but the office has lost power. She said to wait an hour and call back (it’s 1 pm now and my appointment is in an hour at 2 pm.) I told her it takes me 45 minutes to drive down. She said we could try to reschedule but they don’t have access to their computers so she can’t tell me when Dr Barber is in, although she thinks she’ll be in on Monday. (Didn’t I just get done writing about how I have yet to see Dr Barber and I really need to and was looking forward to today!?!) PSNH says power should be back on in an hour, but of course it’s not a guarantee. I told the receptionist I’ll call back in 1/2 hour to see what’s going on. Regardless, they’ll be running behind. *sigh* Of course I have a sick little girl who really needs a nap today so I took a chance and put her to bed. Of course now the office will call back in a few minutes – just as Emily is falling asleep – and tell me to come down afterall. And I will, but my poor baby!