I'm really writing this so I remember. I'm not sure why I would forget it, but I want to remember the details. Birth stories fascinate me. And maybe its because my birth story was very different. I don't know what a contraction feels like, I've never been in labor, I've never woken up in the middle of the night and gone, "Oh crap. My water broke." I have no idea what those things feel like. But yet, I still gave birth, just in my own way.
**Disclaimer, when I refer to "the baby" or "it" I am talking about Sawyer. However, we didn't know what we were having until he was born. In my head, I'm used to saying the baby when talking about my pregnancy.**
We knew around 20 weeks that the baby was getting big. Not off the charts yet, but I was measuring about 10 days ahead of schedule. All parts were there, all systems healthy and working, they were just a little larger that what was expected.
24 weeks: I was measuring almost 2 weeks ahead. Dr. Kennedy questioned the August 1 due date and said it could be wrong. Tentatively moved the due date to July 13 (two days after Erika's due date).
28 weeks: Measuring 1 month ahead according to my belly. Dr. Kennedy scheduled an ultrasound for our next appointment at 30 weeks. Just to double check everything.
30 weeks: My appointments were now every two weeks. At this appointment we had another ultrasound and saw some very chubby cheeks on the baby. The ultrasound tech asked when my due date was and got a funny look on her face when I told her. After meeting with Dr. Kennedy we learned that our healthy baby was weighing around 5 lbs. 7 oz. An average sized baby at 30 weeks weighs around 3 pounds. We were almost double that.
32 weeks: No ultrasound this week but I was measuring 37 weeks. Almost 5 full weeks ahead. Dr. Kennedy said my goal was to get to 37 actual weeks. And an ultrasound was scheduled for my next appointment.
34 weeks: I was still measuring about 5 weeks ahead. And the ultrasound was estimating the baby's current weight to be around 7 lbs. 2 oz. The last 5-6 weeks a baby can gain up to a pound a week. I'll let you do the math on that one. At this point Dr. Kennedy (who we loved) threw out the idea that we may have to have a c-section. Depending on the baby's position if and when I went into labor, she may not be able to turn it because it was so big. She didn't want to alarm us, but wanted us to prepare for a c-section just in case. I had already figured that a c-section could be a possibility. So I researched, asked questions and got all my facts lined up so I was prepared.
Dr. Kennedy's office called the next day and we were put on the schedule. Our baby would be born at 39 weeks - July 25, 2013. I didn't have a preference on day. I just knew I wanted to deliver and to see my baby and not be pregnant anymore. And having an end date in sight was very helpful for this nervous mommy. I could plan (kind of) and I could be prepared (as much as possible) and I knew that family would be able to be there when we needed them.
And then we waited. For a whole week.