How crazy is this ultrasound picture?! If you aren’t familiar with these, baby’s head is on the right and its face is sorta pressed up against the probe so you see Travis’ lips and a little nose looking out at you. That dark area in the center is the 4 chambered heart. Almost 28wks, not finding out gender. Perinatologist visit was great – don’t know how he ended up in that field, but he had fantastic bedside manner! It was a refreshing change. Baby is growing really well, but cord is still a marginal insertion (meaning it’s towards the edge of the placenta instead of in the center, so growth has to be monitored to make sure blood flow is adequate – so far so good). The estimate on size, which I take with a grain of salt because these things can be very inexact, is 2lbs 7oz, putting Quatro in the 70 percentile…I have a feeling this is on the overestimated side! I highly doubt any child with 1/2 of my genetic makeup is in the 70%, but then again, I have a bio brother who is 6’3” so I guess anything is possible.
On the pregnancy front, I have some news. After a lot of thinking, talking, and discussing, I have opted to schedule my C-section this time around. For those of you who followed my first labor, you probably realize I’m in the “pretty damn unlikely” category with regards to the chances of a successful VBAC. My mom had 4 sections, and I think I got her narrow pelvis that wasn’t well-suited to birth, much to my dismay since one of my biggest desires was to experience a normal vaginal delivery. Don’t ask why; I know that’s the part most people dread. But I’m weird like that, the pain is not something I’m afraid of. What I AM afraid of is attempting a VBAC, going through a grueling labor again, having my heart set on a vaginal delivery, and ending up in a traumatic last-resort c-section once again. If I weren’t an intern and I had unlimited time to recover and be with the new baby thereafter, I might choose differently. As it is though, I have 3 weeks and I do NOT want to spend that laid up with my body healing from BOTH labor AND surgery.
So, if all goes as planned (did I REALLY say that out loud), Quatro will be born at 8:30am on November 29th. Weird, huh?