Alisa. 37. New Hampshire. Married for almost three years to this wonderful, funny, smart guy. Previously married. Went through in-vitro fertilization to have my five year old magical son Keegan. Stepmother to the charming Isabelle (6). Gushingly in love with our baby boy Harper(1). Policy Wonk and dreaded bureaucrat. Lover of fine cuisine, honeybees, truly romantic moments and the underdog.
Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
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36 Weeks
"Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. He's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered his body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected his skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.
At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely he's in a head-down position. But if he isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating him from the outside of your belly."

Wednesday we had an ultrasound scheduled to check amniotic fluid levels since that was an issue in my first pregnancy.  My fluid levels were good, the baby looks great and they guessed he weighs 6lbs 5 oz plus or minus a pound.  So really they have no idea how much he weighs.  But we do know is that he is breech.  Which basically sucks.  The odds of him flipping himself are very slim.  Only 3% of pregnancies are breech at term.  Lucky me.

Jeff and I met with my midwife on Friday to discuss our options.  Which thanks to the internet we already knew.  Vaginal delivery of breech is out because it a lost art and we feel way too risky for the baby.  So I can sign up for a c-section or try external cephalic version which was so conveniently mentioned in the update this week.  I chose to schedule an ECV for next week.  It is a very strange looking procedure and will be uncomfortable but I hear it only last a few minutes.  I am willing to give it a try.  If the baby flips I can go the rest of the time and let him come when he is ready.  If he does not flip (they are 50% successful) we would schedule a c -section for between 38-39 weeks.  I was feeling much more hopeful after that.

More to come after I update about our weekend...
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