Things get curiouser and curiouser…

Had another visit with the perinatologist and House O’Babies yesterday.

At 33 weeks gestation, Spider Monkey is a gigantic baby – weighing in at around 6-1/2 pounds (for comparison, most babies weigh about 4-1/2 pounds at this point). I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes a couple of weeks ago, so we know why she’s so big. Of course, you add in that my dad was 6’6″ and all of Moo’s folks are over 6 feet tall, then – yeah – you get a gigantic kid. To slow down the growth and to prevent any further issues, I was put on a strict diet and yesterday, we’ve added insulin to my routine. So, while I’ve lost almost 4 pounds since my last perinatologist’s appointment, she’s gained 2!

Big babies have a greater chance of shoulder dystocia – which means they get their shoulders stuck in the birth canal. Because Spider Monkey is so big now and because most babies gain around a 1/2 pound to a pound a week during the last month, our chances of a scheduled c-section were just increased drastically.

With my doctors, putting a pregnant mom on insulin adds more doctors visits (now 2 each week!) and means that the baby will definitely be born before her due date. My perinatologist’s office doesn’t want me to deliver any later than 7/20 and my OB/GYN wants to induce or schedule a c-section sometime between 7/13 and 7/20 so that narrows down the date – unless she decides to come earlier!

Otherwise, she is perfect in every way. She’s very active and all signs point to her being completely healthy at this stage. With the exception of having to stick myself with a lancet for a blood sugar test 4 times a day (I know Moo, you’ve been doing this for 8 months – oh how he suffers! 🙂 ) and give myself 3 shots a day, I’m feeling pretty good. We’re picking up the crib tonight and the changing table is being delivered tomorrow.

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6 thoughts on “Things get curiouser and curiouser…

  1. Your little one sounds perfect! And your doctors sound like they know what they’re talking about. Those insulin needles are tiny and should be no problem for you. Congrats!

    Visiting from NCLM

  2. First, I love the name Phoebe!

    Second, sorry to hear about the GD, and the increased chance of a C-section. Wow, that’s a big baby! So exciting that you’re going to get to meet her soon.

  3. Via NaComLeavMo.

    Thumbs up for a healthy baby! Mine was a big guy — he was 9 lbs 14 oz at birth. Couldn’t get the chunker out myself, so we converted to a c-section. The c-section itself and recovery wasn’t so bad, I just wish I didn’t have to go through labor first! Hopefully you won’t have to do all that.

  4. I’m glad that Spider Monkey is doing well. She sounds like a big baby! It sounds like your doctors are smart and know what they’re doing. Good luck!

    (here via NCLM)

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