Baboo #2 was due November 28th. I was blissfully confident I would make it to my due date–after all, Tyler was three days late. Salem arrived three days early, which was more than excellent after a somewhat interesting third trimester.
Back in September, my fundal measurement–the superscientific measurement of your pregnant belly from pubic bone to top of the uterus using a tape measure–was small. Normally, your centimeters match your weeks pregnant. But all of a sudden I was measuring almost four centimeters smaller than I should have. I wasn’t alarmed–after all, the way they do it seems kind of ridiculous, I felt fine, and our 20 week ultrasound showed baby growing on track. But the OB wanted another ultrasound, so we happily obliged. We learned that our baby was pretty small, particularly the baby’s head–it was in the 3rd percentile. The OB sent us to see a specialist for a more in-depth ultrasound. She wanted to confirm the baby was growing and it wasn’t a case of IUGR, intrauterine growth restriction. Or Zika. What was happening?! We stayed positive and tried not to think too much about it. There was nothing we could do about it. But the OB told us if they did suspect IUGR the baby would be delivered at 34 weeks. Which was a week after we received this news. It was a tad unsettling to say the least.
Fortunately, the next ultrasound both confirmed our baby had a tiny head and also that there was no growth concern, and it was overwhelmingly likely that we would just have a proportionally smallish baby with a dainty noggin. Tyler’s head has always measured below the 10th percentile, and I can fit a child’s XS ski helmet on my cranium, so it follows that our baby had a genetically small head. Because of my “advanced maternal age” (I don’t remember getting old, BTW) I would receive weekly ultrasounds for the remainder of my pregnancy. Baby’s head continued to be small–at the very end, we were down in the 1st percentile. But still, we were told not to worry, so we didn’t.
We enjoyed a wedding weekend in Cincinnati.
We stayed with dear old college friends Jen & Mark, and their son Ryan.
It was so fun to see these two shaggy blondes play together!
Playing in the fountains at Washington Park.
It was SO HOT and SO HUMID, especially for September. Thanks, Ohio, for always showing Eric your finest weather qualities.
We had beers at MadTree and the boys played cornhole. We visited more breweries and hiked in the park. We played wiffleball and Eric hit Jen in the neck with a ball.
The Moses came out to play, too!
My tiny taster as I was still pregnant.
Graeter’s ice cream, of course. We also had Skyline!
OU girls: Jen, Mandy, Rebecca, and me. At this time, six kids between us all but only two made the photo.
And Nick & Lauren’s wedding reception at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Museum was gorgeous.
Last flight as a family of three.
We enjoyed a beautiful weekend in Aspen.
The Maroon Bells and bright yellow aspens. SUCH a perfect fall day!
Family hike. The previous day it had been snowing so we really lucked out.
Lilly is still going strong.
Throwing rocks in bodies of water is always a winner for Tyler.
We had our 9th(?) Annual Fall Fest with our friends in Winter Park.
We stayed in a wonderful house with the Floods, Taylors, and Smiths. Tyler approved.
The three pregnant hikers!
Once again we lucked out on weather (late October in Fraser could mean snow) and went for an easy hike. There was a small stream that we crossed by tossing the kids over. Literally, in the air. Nobody got wet.
Tyler showing Burke the way at the park. There was a also a skatepark where Tyler was obsessed with watching kids skateboard.
Girls talking, probably about babies. A really nice, relaxing weekend with excellent food overall. Even though the hot tub was broken!
We hosted a kid-friendly Holleween Party in lieu of our traditional Happy Holledays ugly sweater party. I came across an adorable dragon costume for Tyler, so naturally Eric and I went as Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen. Because I’m the Mother of Dragons, obviously.
During the World Series, my blood pressure went up. A couple of nights I thought I might deliver right there on our couch. But that passed and I was still pregnant and we were still banking on November 28th, the Monday after Thanksgiving. I had the week of Thanksgiving off from school, and I really wanted to enjoy it with Tyler and getting ready for the holidays. And for the most part, I did. Salem’s birth story, coming soon!