Friday, September 11, 2009

Time for a Baby? Almost!!!

The time for Lil' Junior's arrival is almost upon us. In the last couple of weeks, the good checks at the doctor have continued. At a growth scan this week, Lil' Junior stunned us all (including the doctors) with how much he had grown - jumping from the 15th percentile to the 55th percentile. He gained almost 3 lbs in the past month and is weighing in at an estimated 6 lbs, 8 oz.

With that good report, we are scheduled to meet the little guy next week. I have an amniocentesis on Tuesday 9/15 and as long as that test gives the green light, I'm scheduled for induction on Wednesday 9/16.

It is all great news for me and the family. At his size now, I don't want baby to wait too much longer. I have no desire to birth a 10 pounder. Plus, my time on the couch is exhausting everyone including me. And as much as I like the my doctors, I would really prefer not to see them multiple times a week. So cross your fingers, that results from the amnio are good and baby arrives next Wednesday.

As for preparations for baby, we are as done as we can be. In the past nine months, I have focused on the "really important" things.

Shirley updated the mural in the playroom, so that baby wasn't left out. He won't be able to hold his head up when he comes home from the hospital, but you never know, he may be born knowing how to read. --- As for the name, it is time to share the name that has been picked out forever (since before we knew Sarah was a girl). Lil' Junior's name will be Michael Perry in honor of both Granddaddies - Mike Harrell and George "Perry" Pereira.

And I made sure to get that vanity license plate for the minivan. In my mind's eye having a personalized license plate was tops on my must-have-before-baby-arrives list. Wasn't it on yours? --- I liked all the choices (see 7/14 - Pimp My Ride) and thought long and hard about the Ga Tech option. In the end, I knew for certain that "Late for Carpool" was going to sum up the next decade or so of my life.

Don't worry, we got a couple of the normal things too - like an infant car seat and newborn diapers. I would love to say that we are "ready" for Baby's arrival, but we have done this twice before. There is no such thing as "ready" for a new baby. Instead, I will say we are eager to meet our newest family member. Bringing home a newborn is the most beautiful and overwhelming thing ever. I'm not planning to sleep through the night again - ever. But I also know that lack of sleep will be more than worth it.

That is life in the stroller lane. Lots of love.


Di said...

Wow! It's almost time. Wishing you a quick, pain-free delivery! Can't wait to see pictures of the little guy.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see pictures of your little boy. Congratulations on making it through a tough pregnancy. I'm sure Michael Perry will be the perfect addition to your family! Michelle Haney