Adelaide, 33 Weeks
Here is our little girl. She is growing and growing! The last couple of months have been hard on me, but Adelaide is certainly doing well! For those of you who have been wondering, here's the scoop on all things baby.
I had an ultrasound and OB appointment last week. The first question the ultrasound technician asked once she started the exam was, "How big was your son when he was born?" We told her that he was 9 1/2 pounds. Her next question was, "Are you diabetic?" I said that I am not. At this point Will asks, "Just how big is this child?!"
The weight estimate was 5 lbs 10 oz, which is fairly big since I was just over 32 weeks. Adelaide has been putting on more than 1/2 a pound a week! The night before the ultrasound I was lying in bed feeling my tummy and trying to guess how big Adelaide was. I told Will, "It feels like she's about 5 1/2 pounds." Later on I thought, "No way. She can't be that big yet. I'm only 32 weeks along." But, sure enough, the ultrasound said the same thing!
I praise the Lord that Adelaide is growing so well. I have had more trouble than normal with my gastroparesis lately. It has been hard to eat enough food because my stomach cannot digest as much food as I need. There have been many days that I have been on a liquid/soft foods diet. Despite not always being able to consume enough calories at this point in pregnancy, God is growing a very strong and healthy baby inside of me.
Adelaide is growing even faster than William did, and he was well over 9 pounds. The only "complication" now is that Adelaide may come early. My doctor said that because she is getting so big so fast my uterus may reach a certain size and then think it is time for labor. I am supposed to pay close attention to contractions and not just assume that I'm having Braxton Hicks.
I am feeling crunched for time and energy knowing that Adelaide could come so soon. My due date is still 6 weeks away, but I want to be prepared early just in case. I think we do finally have everything we have to have for her arrival. We just got formula and baby wipes this week, and those were the last "must have before she comes" items on the list. I found a pediatrician for Adelaide, and we have finally figured out insurance for her. Now I just need to pack my bag for the hospital, and we'll be all set.
There are a lot of things I still want to do, or that would be helpful to have done, before Adelaide comes. Maybe I'll get my to-do list done, maybe not. If my energy holds out, if Will has time between studies to help me, and if Adelaide waits another 3 or 4 weeks, I think I can get it all done. :)
Today I'm going to see an anesthesiologist at the hospital to get a plan together for labor and delivery. With someone like me, you don't want to show up at the hospital already in labor and freak out every nurse and anesthesiologist on the floor. It's best to talk to them ahead of time so that they know what problems may arise, and to let them know not to worry when my blood pressure goes from 80/50 to 120/80 in a matter of seconds.
I will be starting weekly ultrasounds and weekly doctors appointments just to make sure that both Adelaide and I are doing well. Lord willing, in a month or so we'll have a happy, healthy baby to bring home.