Thursday, November 13, 2008

Update on Baby Slade

My last few dr. appts. have been pretty encouraging. While I still have Polyhydramnios (the condition of having too much amniotic fluid) and still have about 10 contractions an hour they haven't increased or changed at all and the growth of my tummy slowed down just a little bit. Instead of measuring 7 weeks ahead, I was starting to level out only measuring 4 weeks ahead. Well, that changed on Tuesday. I had a regularly scheduled appt but I had a feeling I would have different results. Over the weekend I had started averaging about 20 braxton hicks contractions an hour. They haven't really let up since. My appt revealed that I am now measuring 43 weeks (back to 7 weeks ahead). May I remind you that 40 weeks is full term!! I needed an ultrasound to see what was going on. The ultrasound revealed that my fluid level had increased, (it's is now 31 cm. - 24cm and below is normal.) and that Slade is already estimated to be 8lbs 11oz. YIKES! What does this mean? Well, not much. I'm already having a c-section so that eliminates a lot of decisions that would have to be made if that weren't the case. I pretty much have to endure a couple more weeks of being uncomfortable and pray that more stretch marks don't appear! Many have asked why they won't go ahead and take Slade early if she's already so big and I'm measuring so far ahead. While she may be chubby, there is no way to know if her lungs are fully developed and ready to breathe room air. Weeks 37/38 are critical for lung development and it isn't worth the risk of her having breathing problems just so I can get some relief. I can make it a few more weeks! 18 days to be exact. So...I've started taking bets on her birth weight. What's your guess??


steve and randel hambrick said...

oh geez.. i'm not sure how to guess her weight. i think it depends on when she'll make her appearance!
i guess i'll go with 9lbs. 2oz.
what did the boys weigh?

lauren said...

that is one beautiful belly! i'm guessing 9lbs 11oz. can't wait to see her and those chubby cheeks :)

Jeff said...

I'm going to guess 10+. Know that we are praying for you over the next couple of weeks. I can't wait to see how much she looks like you. I know you all are excited. All the best to you and your growing family.

Whit said...

Forester weighed 9lbs. 11oz. and Micah weighed 8lbs. 3oz.

amy griffith said...

amy here:

8 lbs. 8 oz.