Baby O 38 weeks big!
Hey, your little one isn't so little anymore, weighing close to seven pounds and measuring 20 inches long. Fetal development is nearly complete as your baby tends to a few last-minute details like shedding the skin-protecting vernix and lanugo. He's also producing more surfactant, a substance that prevents the air sacs in his lungs from sticking to one another once he starts to breathe. Most of the changes this week are small but important: He’s continuing to add fat (so he can take advantage of all those photo ops by sporting a round, cute baby look!) and fine-tuning his brain and nervous system (so he can deal with all the stimulation that awaits him once he makes his entrance into the world).
Personal run down
I went to the doctor yesterday and was still only dilated to a 2!! I have to admit that even though I know it doesn't mean anything I was a little disappointed. I have had so many contractions that I really thought I'd at least be a little further than last week! Rationally, I know that it can go from 0 to full blown labor or sit at 4 for a month but I guess I just got my hopes up! I do feel a little guilty that I am sort of rushing this baby out. I also know that while it's inside it is MUCH easier to take care of. The way (s)he is sitting is just miserable! I have the worst fire burning nerve pinching sensation that I am really looking forward to being over. Soooo here is my dilemma.... I really, really have always wanted to go into labor on my own. I have been induced with both of my kids thus far. I was going to be induced a week before my due date this time but the date it falls on doesn't work so they can only do it 2 days before my due date. The drive for a week early is that Sawyer was 8.7 lbs with a 14.5" head. A week probably doesn't save me much in size, but the hope is that it saves a little :) I don't think I need to remind you what kind of damage Sawyer did. So here I am, scheduled to be induced 2 days before my due date or tough it out and hope it happens not too far after my due date. I sort of feel like the fact that they couldn't do it when I wanted is maybe sign that I should just let it happen.