In brief: Insider doing good, we have a date for the C-section, still
Last Thursday we had another check-up at the ob/gyn. The Insider now
weighs an estimated 2.3 kg (= 5 lbs?), (up from 2 kg at the previous
visit). The doctor is confident that we'll make it to at least 2.5 kg
(=5.5 lbs?) at time of birth. Babies lighter than 2.5 stay in the
special care unit, babies heavier can stay in the mother's room
(barring other health issues).
The u/s showed the baby is still in breech. Not a surprise to me,
because I clearly feel the position of the head and the feet. In
theory, the doctor could have attempted a manual version, but she
wasn't keen and nor was I. The anterior placenta lowers the chances of
it working and increases the risks involved. Also, the baby being on
the light side makes the doctor want to be more cautious.
In stead we moved straight on to setting a date for a C-section:
October 18th. We've decided not to tell family and friends the exact
date, so I feel a bit guilty about spilling the beans to the whole
internet. Then again, that's what I've been doing here since I started
blogging, so why stop now.
The reason we're not telling is to avoid being harassed with phone
calls on the big day (or the maternity ward being harassed) and
because I might not be in the mood for visitors right after surgery.
I'm sure there are some relatives who would show up regardless of how
I felt, out of sheer enthusiasm.
I've resigned myself to the C-section, though it's not exactly what I
was hoping for. I'm sure there's a lobby group out there advocating
vaginal deliveries for breech babies, but I'm not up for it. The risk
is undeniably higher of something going wrong, and I'm not prepared to
take it. C-sections bring their own set of risks with them, but I
trust my doctor when she's says it's the route to go.
Meanwhile, we're still debating about names. We settled on a girl's
name months ago without any trouble, but can't find a boy's name we
both like. We don't want a common name, not common to our region
anyway, but don't want to be too extravagant either.