As we quickly approach the 37 week mark next Thursday and I've stopped dilating for a few weeks now I feel the giddy anticipation of meeting my son without any hesitation. I walk down the hallway that connects all of our bedrooms and every bone in my body rejoices soon we will be complete. My heart is full and very soon so will be my home.
At my checkup this week I had an ultrasound to check on Travis, the placenta & the fluid nothing ultra exciting like finding out the sex or having a 3D ultrasound and staring at a little face but still so very magical. I laid there in wonder that inside of me was a new life. As she checked everything off with a looks good I found myself responding "perfect" as if it was his first test and I was the proud Mama that he was passing with flying colors.
As she measured his belly she said "He has a big belly. He's a fat baby!" and I laughed. Mitch has been certain all along that this child is going to more Mitch-sized than Monica-sized. I myself am a mere 5'1'' and my husband is 6'5''. My boys have both been born at 7lbs 11oz with Garrett being a week late and Owen being a week early. She then informed me that Travis is already measuring at 7lbs 1oz. I gasped "oh my."
Yes, I know that this is an estimate but this estimate coupled with the severity of my sciatica this pregnancy, my extreme uncomfortableness right now that I didn't experience with the boys until much later, the fact my belly has been measuring big and the observation of Mitch that I'm as big now as when I delivered the other boys has me bracing for a larger than 7lbs 11oz baby this time.
I went back to the waiting room so I could then see my doctor and there was a Dad waiting with his baby in a stroller. Not anything uncommon. A nurse came out to talk to him and I shamelessly eavesdropped as he beamed that his son was now huge at 7lbs 4oz as he carefully pulled back the canopy and blankets that protected his little one on this dreary rainy day. You see he was born 7 1/2 weeks early at only 4lbs. I gathered that this little guy was a champ and has not had any complications but they are still watching Mama and getting her back to full health.
I first marveled that the child inside of me is likely not much smaller than the baby I was laying eyes on and then counted my blessings that we have been so very fortunate during this pregnancy.