Thursday, December 9, 2010

32 week Dr. visit-----So we're confused...

 I met Jamie at the Dr.'s office for the ultrasound and appointment with Dr. B.  We had our ultrasound first and I have to say this ultrasound was less exciting than any of the others.  Star is so big you can't see much of her on the screen.  It paled in comparison to the 4D ultrasound, too.  So the ultrasound tech is measuring star's thigh bone, her abdomen and her head and apparently these measurements all go into a formula to determine weight of the baby and therefore the due date.  We were eager to know what the result was.  The ultrasound tech. told us the weight is 5 pounds 8 ounces...LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN.... 

FIVE POUNDS EIGHT OUNCES
(Jamie just said that this puts us on pace for a line backer)

Okay, so I am a little surprised because my 32 week update this week said Star weighs just at or under 4 pounds.  My exact words to the UT were, "THAT'S A BIG BABY!"  I had all kinds of visuals.  So, we go to see Dr. B next and he looks at Star's ultrasound photos, says she looks great and then says...from the weight we have on her it looks like the due date will be January 20th.   LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN...

JANUARY 20TH

During our 20 week ultrasound, the Dr. predicted Star would be born February 16, 2 full weeks after her February 2 due date we got from the RE after IVF.   We now officially have a month wide window for Star to show her cute little (I mean big...but cute...) face.  Dr. B wants to do another ultrasound in January to see how she is measuring then.  He showed us her growth on a graph and while she was growing slower than average in the beginning, it now appears that she is growing above average making for a wonky graph.  Then I heard him say something about being a big baby, above the 7.5 pound average...whoa.

We discussed via cord with Dr. B and he said that it's quite expensive (Which we knew) to store the cord blood after baby and that so many people donate it so even if Star should have a problem there would be plenty of cord blood in our city to help her without the costs of storing monthly.  I like that.  We talked to him about traveling tomorrow and our trip to Florida and he highly recommended that we take our OB just in case anything should happen!  I got a good laugh out of that one.  I really love him.

One thing I did verify tonight is what has been poking out from under my rib cage.  For the last two days I have felt a big round ball protruding from under my rib cage.   It's Star's butt!  Her little bottom keeps sticking out!  Her head is officially down now and her butt is up.

 Well, that's it for now.  We're off to vacation land for  week.  I will try and update on my travel experiences.  7 hours of flying/airports should be interesting with a hurt back, shoulder and now neck.  I'm going to pack some heat patches and hopefully that will help.


6 comments:

Briana Smith Leonard said...

I was told that my baby would be "above average" in weight (in fact based on my last ultrasound at 36 weeks they were predicting around 9+lbs if I went full term). So my dr. opted to induce at 39 weeks, 2 days. My lil' boy turned out to only weigh 7lbs. 15 ounces. So you just never know with these ultrasounds.

Adventures in Baby Waiting said...

That's what I am thinking. I look at the ultrasound as a tool that isn't completely accurate. It was shocking to hear but we aren't changing our plans or expecting to be parents sooner than February!

Life Happens said...

Sounds like baby star is anxious to make her debut so she's growing fast!

Enjoy your vacation!

Alex said...

What a big girl! So excited for you!

Auntie K said...

I was going to say the same as Briana. I had an u/s at 29 weeks where they estimated her at 3 lbs 8 oz and then not even a week later said 4 lbs 11 oz! The difference between those 5 days was insane! However, I've read at numerous places that the estimation can be off by as much as a whole pound or more! Either way she's growing and that's all that matters.

Megan said...

Ultrasound measurements can be off by as much as 20%. Good luck!