We went in on Wednesday for our final routine ultrasound.
We asked the ultrasound technician if she could switch the view to 4D, and she agreed! It was so fun to see our baby's facial features for the first time. What a squishy little mouth and nose! :) FYI ... The umbilical cord is running along the right side of the picture, blocking part of the baby's eye and cheek.
The baby and amniotic fluid levels looked great. The baby's heart rate was 136 bpm. The technician pointed out the hair that she saw sticking up from the baby's head!
Based upon measurements of the baby's humerus, femur, head circumference, and abdomen circumference, the technician estimated that the baby's current weight (at 37 weeks, 2 days) is already 8 pounds, 2 ounces!! Yowzah! If this measurement is accurate, and the baby stays inside until the due date (gaining about 1/2 lb. each week), we could have over a 9-lb. baby in our hands!
The technician said this measurement can be off by up to a pound in either direction. Our doctor said the measurement is just as often (if not more often) low, though. By comparison, at Ian's final ultrasound (at 38 weeks, 0 days), his estimated weight was 7 lb. 14 oz. and he was 8 lb. 7 oz. at birth (39 weeks, 6 days).
Anyway, our doctor suggested that we think about the possibility of induction at some point during the 39th week if the baby hasn't already come. We're not sure what we want to do. Though Kim was induced with Ian without any complications, we were sort of hoping this baby would come on its own. But, the idea of induction also sounds sort of nice to this girl who's a planner ... and who is getting very, very tired here in these last weeks. Please pray for God's wisdom as we make a decision about induction (or let Him make it by having the baby come before the 39th week). :) And please pray for a healthy delivery for both Kim and baby! Thank you so much ... we'll keep you posted!
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