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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Heads Up: You're Upside Down!


dear baby,

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,

mama

ps—will you turn now, pretty please?

10 comments:

  1. What a cute little nursery!! Hope he turns!

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  2. I love his room! It's so cute!!! My Karsyn decided not to turn into the correct position until after week 35! I'm hoping your little guy turns soon!

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  3. First of all, I can not even begin to tell you how freaking cute that room is. I love it so much!!! You still have time for him to turn, but if he doesn't I promise it will all be okay. Sydney was a c-section baby and it really wasn't bad at all.

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  4. I wish I had your talent for decor. Sooo cute! And no worries about raising a boy. Boys hold a special place in their mama's heart. They are a ton of fun too! I'm actually a little nervous about ever having a girl. Haha. Best wishes for getting baby to turn. You have the right attitude, I think. Safety and health over a natural birth. Good luck!

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  5. The most adorable nursery theme and the most loving mommy. Keep up with the frozen peas - funny thing is he will probably now hate to eat peas growing up :)

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  6. Your nursery looks amazing! I love the theme. Fingers crossed that your little guy turns around!

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  7. gorgeous nursery - every single piece is perfect!! I've heard acupuncture works wonders. Good luck getting him to flip :)

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  8. You inspire me Meghan!! Since I won't be having kids of my own, I'm living vicariously through you and Jeff! Thank you for always sharing your heart with us all.

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  9. Absolutely PRECIOUS nursery! So impressive! Thinking of you during these last weeks! Cannot wait to see what a handsome little guy I'm sure he will be...and especially looking forward to all the adorable "big sister" pics that I'm sure you'll have, too. ;) Hang in there!

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  10. You are such a sweet mama!! And his room, you did such an amazing job. I'm sure he will turn for him mama ;)

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