This morning we had an ultrasound to get a more accurate look at how much the baby weighs. The screen immediately showed that this child is pretty well crammed in there; not a lot of spare space. We couldn’t see much of her at one time – a hand waving here, an ear there. She said that she has lots of hair - which I wasn't surprised about since I had a ton when I was born too.
Doc took a few measurements – head, abdomen and femur – averaged them all together and came up with a stunning estimated weight of 6 pounds, 2 ounces and said that it could off by as much as a half pound in either direction.
Big difference from the 7.5 pounds she estimated last week, huh? It was tough to keep a smirk from creeping onto my face.
She asked me
what my plan was for “pain management” and I responded that my philosophy is to
see how it goes and take things one step at a time and not sign up for anything
in advance or make any firm decisions since anything could happen. That said, I’ve done a lot of reading
about breathing techniques and feel that I have a realistic expectations; I know this will be tough both mentally and physically . But also? I am a very stubborn lady and feel that should not be underestimated. In a perfect world I would like to go medication free.
But as much as I would like to go with no drugs, I am also no martyr. Even though I know very well what the trade offs are, if I need pain medication I am not afraid to ask for it. After all, I have no clue how I will react to this whole thing and I can’t predict what my tolerance level will be. (Such as, how many hours of excruciating back labor can I take? I have no idea.) She thought this was a good plan.
I asked her about what her availability is in upcoming weeks, since I know that they share call duty among 4 doctors. I understand that doctors have personal lives and I certainly don’t expect her to come running at any hour whenever any of her patients goes into labor. (Although I have to admit, that would be nice.)
She said that if I REALLY WANT her to be there I can always schedule an induction, which I politely declined. (What is UP with trying to schedule an induction to keep things convenient?!)
to be available and on call often over the next three weeks but she will be on
vacation 9/24 – 9/28. My due date is
One of the doctors that she shares on call
duty with is an OB
I really hope she is not my doctor that day. I will be so pissed if she walks in the room and will probably say something inappropriate like, "DO NOT LET HER NEAR ME! She gives everyone a c-section!"
*Sigh.* Yep, I'm ready for her to arrive any time now.