Saturday, January 18, 2014
Heads Up: You're Upside Down!
i've heard little boys can be more challenging (er, more spirited) than little girls, but i didn't know that meant starting in utero. you've already proven to be higher maintenance than your sister, and your due date's not for four more weeks! first, there's that big kidney. what's up with that? and now, at 36 weeks, you're among the one percent of babies who haven't settled into the head-down position. one percent. when i tell people this, they say, "it's because he's a boy. he's causing trouble already." and then, as if they can't tell i'm already nervous (about everything, not just about you being a boy), they add, "you just wait."
earlier this week, that really cold thing you felt on your head? was a bag of frozen peas. and that bright light down by your bottom was the world's biggest and brightest flashlight (500 lumens!). i could tell you didn't enjoy those peas on your head, and mama felt terrible for putting them there—she was trying to get you to turn!—but it's either frozen peas or a version. an external cephalic version (ecv) involves doctors applying lots and lots of pressure to mama's tummy and manually turning you into a head-down position. it works only half to two-thirds of the time, and my doctor says there are risks, like your umbilical cord getting pinched or wrapping around your neck, or the placenta tearing away from the uterus.
some women have ecvs in hopes of avoiding scheduled c-sections, but i decided today an ecv wasn't worth the risks. after eight months of trying to keep you safe and healthy, why would i put you in a potentially dangerous situation? just so i won't have to deal with surgery and a little scar? so i can have an exciting birth story? so i can experience the contractions i was so looking forward to? (ironic, right?) none of that matters as long as when i meet you, you're still healthy and safe.
this weekend or next week, you and i will be trying acupuncture and some other tricks to get you to turn. most of the tricks involve frozen peas.
i love you so much already,
ps—will you turn now, pretty please?