Here I sit, 36 weeks, one day pregnant, nearly four weeks to go until my due date. How long until we meet Dubya? Only time will tell.
But now I’m into weekly appointments and, as I found out to my surprise yesterday, weekly ultrasounds given my age. Yes, because I’m an oldie but goodie, my baby gets looked at every week for a biophysical profile. Yesterday, we got to see her practicing breathing. She was an active little trickster, dancing about the place. The ultrasound was originally scheduled to be a limited look, just to see if she’d flipped head down, but the ultrasound tech told me she was going to do complete measurements given my age.
The not-so-great news is that Dubya has not completed her flip. She’s made progress, moving her head from my right side to my lower left. But she’s now transverse instead of breech. The OB and ultrasound tech both said this was an improvement—the ultrasound tech told me to play music near my pelvis and my OB sort of said the spinningbabies.com stuff might work. So my husband is pushing me to do these exercises and I’m playing music for Dubya intermittently throughout the day. Right now she’s listening to Paul Simon.
I can’t say I’m terribly worried at this point. Was I disappointed when the ultrasound tech first said, “Baby’s breech … no, no, she’s transverse now”? Yes. But at this point in time, it’s not a deal-breaker for a vaginal birth. And if we have to go with a caesarean birth? It is what it is. I can’t say I’m thrilled about the idea of surgery or recovering from it, but I’m more concerned with getting Dubya here as safely as possible, as well as doing what’s best based on what my body and she are up to. I’m not a super vaginal birth mom/hear me roar type at all, so please, whatever’s best for baby and me. I have plenty of time to feel like a failure as a mother if my kid hates me as an adult (and I really hope that’s not the case!).
Also, Dubya is moving. Slowly, but she’s moving. We’ll do what we can to encourage that final spin—my husband plans on speaking/reading to her every night from now on since she reacts so actively to his voice. The music gets her moving. The inversions and breech tilts from spinningbabies.com will be done. We’ll do all we can now, just like we will after she’s born.
Either way, we just want Dubya here with us, safe and sound. That’s all that matter.