Saturday, May 28, 2011

We've Got a Big One On Our Hands

Almost two weeks ago we went to the doctor to have a final ultrasound because I was measuring a little ahead.  I was so excited because I hadn't seen a pic of M.A. since 18 weeks.  Oh my how he has grown!  At week 18 we could see the whole baby on the large flat screen. Now, we had to piece each body part together because he is so big.

And big he was.  He weighed in at 3lbs 15oz. The 70th percentile! I immediately wanted to know the length but since we couldn't see the whole body it was too difficult.  We did get a measurement of the femur which was also in the 70th percentile.  The tech told us to be prepared that M.A. would probably be well over 8lbs. and at this point was 1.5 weeks ahead of my due date.

How did this happen?  Have you seen me or my husband?  We are not big people so we were dumbfounded.  After the ultrasound, the doctor said there was no reason to panic if he was that big.  It was more than likely genetic because I've passed my glucose test and haven't gained the weight to correlate with a big baby.  I felt a little more relieved.  I also know that sometimes the measurements are off.  I know several people who they have said their babies would be big and when they were born were in the normal range. 

On a happier note, we saw so many great pics of his face.  Last time he was hiding his face with his hand and was sleeping snuggled up next to the placenta.  Today, I drank half a cup of coffee before the ultrasound and he was going nuts!  I mean moving everywhere.  We saw lots of hair (which could explain my heartburn)!  He also had his eyes open alot as well as his mouth.  We got some great shots of him sticking out his tongue and then sucking his thumb.  I think he must have been hungry!  His cheeks are super fat and he has some juicy lips.  To me, he looked how my dad looked as a baby.  But time will tell.  I can't wait to meet him.  If his facial expressions are any indication of the way he acts outside the womb, I'm worried he may be a little high maintenance.  Hmm...must take after his father.
            This is the pic that makes me think of dad. He definitely has the Florence nose.

                          I mean, is there any room in there for him or is he just that flexible?
                                         This is my favorite-M.A. is already sucking his thumb.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wacky Wednesday

I have been wanting to blog about this for several days but was so busy last week that I didn't have time.  I am telling this story because even I am guilty of doing this but have never experienced the consequences until last Wednesday. 

I was driving down Louisville Avenue in Monroe headed east toward the bridge to cross into West Monroe.  Thankfully, I was almost to the base of the bridge, and as you all know if you are familiar with the area, has multiple stop lights.  I wasn't going the usual 35mph because I was coming off a red light.  Meanwhile, in the opposite direction traffic was backed up.  This was because many people attempt to turn left when you enter Monroe from West Monroe causing a major traffic jam. 

All of a sudden I see a man swerve from his lane into mine and he was coming at me.  I layed on the brakes and jammed on the horn but there was nothing he could do.  He coasted into me and hit my car head on.  I don't know how the airbags didn't deploy but am so thankful the lord was looking out for me and I wasn't going fast.  Everything was a blur.  I am okay but it scared me to death.  What if the airbags did deploy and hurt the baby?  I had a thousand thoughts running through my head and immediately had a huge meltdown.  The police were so nice and had me take a few deep breaths before they talked to me and got all the info they needed.  There were several witnesses and as it turned out the guy was texting on his phone and for some reason it made sense to him to swerve into oncoming traffic than rear end the person in front of him.  I will never understand that concept but oh well. 

I was able to drive my car down the road to Hixson but the police followed me just to make sure the tire didn't blow out since his truck had kinda rammed up under my car.  The damage could have been worse but it's still gonna require alot of work.  My hubby was so sweet to drive over and follow me home after I picked up a rental car.  M.A. is okay and thriving and I am so thankful.  To everyone out there-do not text and drive.  I know you think you can manage but things can change so fast.  Whether or not he received a ticket I don't know yet but at least we are all okay. 

On a happier note, I snapped a 30 week pic this weekend.  I am in the home stretch and can't believe how fast time has past.  Can't wait to meet this precious little man.  I go back to the doc tomorrow so I'm sure I will be updating later in the week.