As I said before, baby number 4 will be making their appearance in the month of November. I have been keeping myself super busy with packing bags, making freezer meals, and cleaning my house almost as quickly as my children mess it up. (And those are on top of our normal daily activities like homeschooling and extracurriculars.) I feel like the end of this pregnancy is nearing, but baby could still wait another four weeks to show up. Since this baby is such a mystery, I figured I would share my variations of normal and open up the polls for people to guess the baby’s weight, length, gender, arrival, etc.
First, there was Micah. He was born four days past my estimated due date. He weighed in at 9 pounds 15 ounces and was 21 3/4 inches long. He was born on a Wednesday morning at 6:58 am, after less than 8 hours of being in the hospital. My contractions were every two minutes (most of those overlapping) and there were 20 people in my room come delivery (due to meconium, fetal distress, and a shift change).
Second, there was Maeby. She was born two days before my due date, and has been my smallest baby to date (8 pounds 2.5 ounces and 20 1/2 inches). She was born on a Wednesday at 9:30 am, six hours after I arrived at the hospital. My contractions were so irregular and spaced out that my nurse told me that they normally wouldn’t admit me until the last two contractions I had before pushing. I’m glad they hadn’t sent me home, or Maeby would have been an accidental unassisted birth. Her delivery was as serene as Micah’s was chaotic. There were only four people in the room with me, so it made for a very quiet entrance to the world for her.
Third, there was Abram. Five days before my due date, I had an external cephalic version to correct his breech presentation. I was then induced to prevent him from flipping back over. He was born on a Monday evening at 7:35 pm after five hours of Pitocin regulated contractions. My family got lost on the way to the hospital and Stephen went downstairs to find them. I had to fight the urge to push because I was the only one in my room. Luckily they made it there just in time. Abram weighed 8 pounds 15 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long.
A few tidbits about this pregnancy:
- I have gained 50 pounds so far
- I have been experiencing contractions since 6 weeks in
- Those Braxton Hicks contractions have since evolved into early labor contractions
- I have “dropped” (which is rare for subsequent pregnancies, but not necessarily unheard of)
Guesses on all things baby number four can be left here or on my Facebook page.