37 Week Update

September 19, 2010

On Thursday Chris and I went to my routine 37-week OB appointment. We learned from the week before that Mackenzie is (hopefully, was) frank breech, meaning that instead of being in a head-down position, she is sitting right side up, with her head up near the right side of my rib cage.

We also learned that at 36 weeks, she weighed 5.9 pounds and has a full head of hair. 🙂 We saw her face for a split second on the ultrasound, and I definitely think she already favors Chris. I guess we’ll have to wait and see for sure.

So, for the last week and a half, I have been doing exercises to hopefully get Mackenzie to flip into a head-down position. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be working yet. Several moms, including my little sister, have told me their breech babies flipped at the very last minute, so I am holding out hope.

But just in case, because a breech baby is difficult and dangerous to deliver, and because a version sounds very painful and usually ineffective, we’ve scheduled a C-section for October 1, when I will be 39 weeks. It has taken me over a week to adjust and get used to the idea. I’ve never been in a hospital for anything before, let alone a major abdominal surgery, and I’ve spent the last nine months preparing for a vaginal birth. (Did I really just write that? On my blog? It seems that I did.)

All awkwardness aside, my struggle with the idea really comes down to control. This is not what I’ve planned for, but it seems to be the safest route, both for me and for Mackenzie. I keep reminding myself that all the days of Mackenzie’s life have been written in God’s book, including her grand entrance into the world. I know I can trust Him with this.

So, what that means is that one way or another, Mackenzie Joy will be here by October 1! W00t! 🙂

(That’s for you, Lea. :))

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  • Reply Lea September 19, 2010 at 8:29 am

    YAY!!!! Woohoo! 🙂 thank you, thank you!!! 🙂

    I am so excited! Whatever happens, Mackenzie is going to be wonderful and amazing, and you are going to be fine.

    I can’t wait to see that full head of hair!


  • Reply keli @ kidnapped by suburbia September 19, 2010 at 9:07 am

    having a date is so exciting – and it is RIGHT around the corner!! i can’t believe beautiful Mackenzie is going to be here … finally! 🙂

    and i know all too well the feeling of not getting the delivery that you had planned, but you are absolutely right – God has a bigger plan, and it is what is best for you and Mackenzie.

    (oh yeah, Emma was breech until 38 weeks but flipped and then I delivered her vaginally the day before her due date)


    Dee Reply:

    Just ten days left to go! Crazy, crazy. And thanks for telling me that Emma was breech — that’s three people I know so far whose babies have flipped. There is definitely hope. 🙂


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