Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Dr. Appointment

Yesterday was our eighth doctor visit. It was fast as always!

I like to come up with random questions to prolong the visit and also because I think Dr. K must get bored with the normal questions about aches and pains or weight gain. I have those questions, too, but then yesterday's question was if Caleb had an equilibrium; did he get topsy-turvy when I rolled from my left to my right in bed? Well, she didn't know, so we didn't have a whole lot of discussion about it, but she did say that she thinks babies do have that "alarm response" in the womb. There's a name for it, but it's when you hold a baby and lift him up and let him down quickly. His eyes get big and his arms flail out--John did it with Ian when he was little, and Ian always performed. Well, Dr. K has had so many mothers say it felt like their baby was having seizures in the womb--and then the baby was born healthy and seizure-free--that she believes the baby is somehow startled and that alarm response is kicking in. So that was interesting! I can't say I've felt that, but interesting nonetheless.

Here are the stats from the appointment:
Weight: Gained 4lbs. Total of 14lbs.
Uterus: 30cms, right on target
Blood pressure: 117/73
Caleb's heart rate: 146bpm

So it's all about as average as they come! Other than that, we added all the rest of the appointments to the schedule. It really makes it real to see weekly appts. on into November. Then we found out that Dr. K will be out of town from Nov. 17-24, and I'm due smack dab in the middle of that. The scheduler lady said we might have the baby before that, because Dr. K doesn't like to leave town with moms so close to due date. That would mean induction (unless Caleb is an early bird and comes on his own), so we're going to opt out of that if we can. I'm kind of hoping Caleb comes a little late, anyway, so I won't have to take off much unpaid time. And if we happen to go into labor while Dr. K's out of town, well, I'm sure someone will be there to catch the baby! I've learned that the doctor isn't really there for much of the excitement, anyway!

So, for now, our appts extend to November 10th, and we'll just see what happens after that!


  1. How blessed you are to have a healthy pregnancy! Can't wait to see Caleb in person.

  2. Well all of that sounds great. I'm with your mom, you sure have had a smooth sail so far...and with continued prayers that's where you'll remain!

    Yeah, I wouldn't let the doctor's vacation dictate when your child should be born...just go with the flow!

  3. Yeah, I think I saw the doc like 20 minutes out of the whole ordeal? And you'll get to see Dr. K again at postpartum visits.

  4. Good for you for saying "NO" to induction! It's always best to let nature take its course if you can. And, you're completely right about "somebody being there to catch the baby". So many people worry so much about their doctor being "the one" when its best to let the baby come when he's ready!


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