Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Rian and I were definitley thrown for a loop at our 37-week appointment this morning.  As you know, up until this point, Hailey has been measuring about 2 weeks ahead of her gestational age.  At our last ultrasound 3 weeks ago, she was in the 92nd percentile and Dr. Marcrander pretty much told us to do a C-section.  So for the past few weeks we've been preparing ourselves for a C-section somewhere around June 4, which is 39 weeks.  WELL!  That all changed at our appointment today.  It started with an ultrasound in which Hailey measured all the way down to the 55th percentile!  It showed her estimated weight at 7 pounds exactly, which is only 7 ounces heavier than she was 3 weeks ago.  And considering that babies normally gain 4-8 ounces a week, we were stunned.  We told the tech that for the past 3 months or so, I have been measuring at least 2 weeks ahead by belly measurement and ultrasound (this was a different ultrasound tech than we had 3 weeks ago).  So she measured everything again and got 7 pounds 3 ounces and the 64th percentile.  So its easy to see how off these measurements can be when she gets two different measurements of Hailey's head, chest, and femur just a few minutes apart. 

After the ultrasound we went in to see Dr. Marcrander and for some reason she wasn't as shocked as we were.  I guess she does this a lot :)  She said this is totally normal.  Apparently babies can have growth spurts and then just level off towards the end.  We were just confused and scratching our heads because going into today's appointment we were fully prepared to schedule a C-section!  And now that is no longer the plan.  We are just going to sit around and wait for me to go into labor!  I am 1 cm dialted so that is a step in the right direction.  I think I might start drinking hot sauce and running the stairs to try to induce labor naturally :)  Our bags are all packed, cameras are charged, and the car seat is in the car, so we are ready whenever she is!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Getting Closer!

Well, we are certainly getting closer to meeting little Hailey!  Exactly 4 weeks to go (but hopefully only 2 or 3)!!

As most of you know, I have been measuring ahead by a couple weeks at my recent doctors appointments.  So I had an ultrasound last week to determine her approximate size.  According to the ultrasound, she is already 6 pounds and 9 ounces, which is in the 92% percentile for her gestational age!  Keep in mind this weight is determined by measuring the size of her head, chest, and femur - they can't measure any actual tissue, body fluid, or fat - so they say the ultrasound weight can be off by a pound and half either way.  So she could really be anywhere from 5 to 8 pounds right now, which makes quite the difference!  SO - Dr. Marcrander scheduled me for another ultrasound next week (at 37 weeks) to see if she has grown and is still in the upper percentiles for her age.  IF she is still near the 92% percentile, I will likely opt for a scheduled C-section because of the possibility of her getting stuck going the 'normal' way.  OR if she is measuring smaller, I can try for the normal way and just see what happens.  Lots of possibilities right now!!  Because there is also the chance that she is not actually as big as the ultrasound says, and I could go into labor in the next few weeks and deliver a 'normal' sized baby.  But if I opt for the scheduled C-section and I don't go into labor before that date, she will be born on Saturday June 4!  That is the day I turn 39 weeks - and they won't deliver babies any earlier than that due to lung maturity. 

Also, 2 weeks ago was my baby shower.  It was such a wonderful, fun day with family and friends.  I got SO many things for Hailey - especially lots of clothes!  I am so grateful to everyone that came and made the day so special.  Here are some pics!

After the shower, we started doing loads and loads of laundry - this lady has lots of things to get her wardrobe started!  On top of clothes I got at the shower, my sister gave me lots of the gender neutral outfits that Collin wore so I'm good to go in the newborn and 0-3 department!

I'm also happy to report that the nursery is officially complete!  I'll post pics as soon as I take some :)

Also in the midst of all this baby mania was my 28th birthday!  My last birthday before becoming a mommy :)  It was good to spend time with Rian and go out to dinner just the two of us before chaos ensues in a few weeks!

As for how I've been feeling, the answer is huge and uncomfortable!  About a week ago I was having a series of Braxton Hicks contractions that freaked me out temporarily, but eventually they stopped.  On top of that, last Sunday morning (mother's day) I woke up with a stabbing pain just to the left of my tailbone.  I could barely put any pressure on my left leg all day without being in excruciating pain.  I called the doctor on Monday and they confirmed that its Sciatica, and it probably won't go away until she is here!  It honestly really hurts, especially when walking.  And my swollen ankles don't help the walking situation either! I definitely have the pregnancy waddle down pat :)  After the false contractions last weekI realized I need to get serious about packing my hospital bag!!  So that is what I'm working on this week.  Very exciting!!!