Wednesday, March 16, 2011

34 weeks- a "BIG" surprise!

Today we are 34 weeks 4 days into this fun adventure! I finally remembered a 34 week picture:

Bryce and I experienced our first Strawberry Festival that evening, which is something everyone around here has been to at some point in their lives. It was like traveling back in time to my childhood for sure- same games, same rides, same food as the fairs I grew up going to. And of course, strawberries! We had their famous strawberry shortcake and a chocolate covered strawberry to be festive.

On another note..
Yesterday we had our 34 week appointment, and since Bryce has been measuring small the past few appointments they scheduled an ultrasound and were considering a NST (Non-Stress Test) pending how the ultrasound looked. The NST part was news to us, so it made me slightly nervous. Well..Bryce never fails to surprise and amaze us! We loved seeing him again as the tech took measurements- he seemed so much bigger than I remember! She showed us his sweet chubby face and I melted. The doctor came in to look on with us and told us everything we were seeing. I had to lay on my side away from the monitor, but Daniel was able to watch him "take a breath".
After the tech was finished, the doctor gave us some BIG news.. Bryce was not as small as they had thought.
He actually was weighing in at 6 lbs 8 oz.! Are you kidding me?? I will do the math for you.. he is in the 90+percentile in weight at this age. He is measuring the same as the average baby does at 36 weeks 6 days. By estimation he would be close to 10 lbs. by our due date! So, needless to say the NST was not necessary and my nervousness had made a turn in another direction! I must note that ultrasound measurements are not 100% accurate.. but the doctor said that induction at 39 weeks might be an option. Since we met with a doctor in our rotation this time and not our main doctor, we will discuss it more with her in a few weeks. All along my prayer has been that we would be able to go into labor naturally, so I do covet your prayers that labor will come before 39 weeks if this is what the doctor chooses to do.
Lord, we praise you for a BIG, healthy baby! We can't wait to teach him about You, his Creator and the Lover of his soul. 

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