I had my weekly appointment today, and before she started the doctor asked me if I thought the baby had dropped; I told her I thought the baby had, but as a first timer I couldn’t be sure. Plus when they did the cervix check last week the doctor could feel her head, so I assumed that meant she was pretty low.
So the doctor did the usual measuring and stuff, and also thought the baby had dropped. That means things measure a little smaller (measuring tape on belly from top of uterus to bottom, should equal 1cm per week gestation) because the baby is lower and her head is in my pelvis. The doctor sent me for a quick ultrasound to check fluid levels and things just to make sure she had dropped and nothing else was going on.
The ultrasound doesn’t show much these days because she is so crammed in there. I could see individual bones like a leg, arm, or back of skull… but no real detail or full body shots like before. The only cool part was that you could see her practicing breathing now. So the ultrasound wasn’t as fun as previous ones, but it was good to see she is still in there with all her parts doing what they should.
It was also a bit amusing because when the doctor asked about movement (standard question) I told her she was favoring the left side these days, and the doctor was like “Yeah, I can see the lump” as I laid back on the table. And then the tech asked the same question, to which I told her she was still pretty active even though she was running out of room, and she seemed the get a kick out of feeling the baby squirm around during the scan.
In the end they confirmed that she had dropped and that fluid levels and everything looked good. The tech estimated the weight at 7.1 pounds, and the doctor said that she usually subtracts about a half pound from whatever the ultrasound says. So she is somewhere between about 6.5 and 7 pounds right now, and should be 7 to 8 pounds when she is born. Assuming she doesn’t make an exceptionally late entrance. I think I read that they gain an ounce a day at this point, which would be about a pound if she comes on time.
Not much else new on the baby front. Just still running through things and trying to make sure we have what we need, and figure out what we still need to do. For instance, a couple days ago I realized we should probably stop procrastinating about getting a new camera for taking baby pictures, so Sean and I picked one out last night and placed the order. And we also have a few things on our weekend to do list like getting bags packed (or mostly packed), installing car seats, and rearranging to make space in our bedroom for a bassinet. I also need to try to find time to rearrange my desk a little to make room for working from home the next couple weeks. I have just been working from couches and the kitchen table on my mornings at home, but if I will be there full time I feel like I should dedicate a space to it. Should be a busy weekend!