We had another ultrasound today and the verdict is: Clara is big and hairy. She's 5 pounds, 6 ounces (78th percentile) and continuing to grow well. At this rate, we're gonna have over an eight pound baby. That's good for surgery, even if it's a little terrifying for mama, so bring it on, Clara! The sonographer also couldn't stop talking about all her hair (On her head, people. She's not coming out like a hairy ape!). I could even see it and I'm no good at reading ultrasounds, so it's a good thing I got some hairbows at the last shower. We're gonna be using them. Kathy said that her hair looked straight, but I'm still holding out hope that it just looks straight because she's floating around in a bunch of amniotic fluid and that she may get my curls.
Aside from that, she's got big chubby cheeks, still loves sucking on her fingers and hands (and even the umbilical cord some today....eww, gross!), and was wiggly and happy. The amniotic fluid readings were stable from last time (between 24-26cm) and still on the high end of normal, but normal. Her heart is beating well, her lung is "breathing" the liquid she's surrounded with and her diaphragm looked good too. The stomach is still above, the liver is still below. And she's still head down, so I hope she's cooperative and stays that way! Dr. Chen kept saying, "Everything is stable. Everything is stable." We'll go back weekly for ultrasounds from here on out just to keep an eye on that amniotic fluid and continue tracking her growth.
Here are a few photos. I had a hard time choosing tonight because Kathy took such good ones. Keep praying for this baby girl. We sure do love her.
"But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!" Psalm 66:19-20