Today we had an appointment with the OB at Vanderbilt. Everything checked out well and we have a big growing boy! Weighing in at 3lbs 5oz he’s still holding strong in the 92nd percentile at 28 weeks. The doctor then asked if I had received my glucose test at my regular OB – ha! I guess he really is a big boy 🙂 Fortunately, I do not have gestational diabetes and Calvin is not loaded up with sugar weight. Babies in the 92nd percentile typically weigh about 9 or so pounds at 39 weeks we found out. I’m happy to say that the plan is still to induce me at 39 weeks (thankfully we won’t be waiting on natural labor – I feel like if I actually went past my due date I’d start having anxiety that we would end up on the local news with a 12lb baby!). Currently Calvin’s birthday is all set for Monday, January 26th!
Some of my fears about birthday were eased at this appointment as well. I kept picturing that due to Calvin’s heart condition the staff would whisk him away to the NICU right after his birth without us really getting to see him. The Neonatologist (Calvin’s future NICU pediatrician) told us that we would get to hold him for a quick minute and then they would take him to start an IV with his medication that he will need. They will put the IV in while in the birth room, monitor him for a bit to make sure he doesn’t have any adverse reaction to it, and then we will be able to hold him for a few more minutes. So much better than what I was picturing! After a few minutes they will have to take him to the NICU and the cardiology team will do their full eval, but we will be able to go see him as soon as I’m able.
We are still praying that God would completely heal Calvin’s heart, specifically that his aorta would grow and not be so narrow. Also, we are praying that Calvin would tolerate the IV medication he needs shortly after birth well. Some babies stop breathing on their own and have to be intubated until surgery. However, we are full of faith that God is sovereign over all, including Calvin.
We are thankful for everyone’s continued prayers and support!
Erica & Tyler