Double-Double x 8

We had our 36 week ultrasound this morning to do a BPP and growth check on Pedro. His vitals all look good, his heart-to-chest-cavity ratio is holding steady (which is better than getting worse), and they calculated his weight estimate at about six pounds! The pregnancy websites compare him to a honeydew melon or some other kind of melon…I don’t even like orange and green melons. Plus, it was cute for a little while, but comparing my baby to produce is obviously propaganda to get starving pregnant women to eat healthy or something. Like that’s important?!?

(Okay, so I really know that it is essential and I do like many other produce items.)

Still, how much more fun is it to compare Pedrito’s weight to something more practical. Something that can be obtained quickly in all it’s delicious goodness, and delivered by people in funny hats no less. That’s right, weighing in at 6 lbs. makes Pedro about the same poundage as 8.5 Double-Doubles!

P.S. In all honesty, I’ve never actually eaten a double-double. I’m a regular cheeseburger girl. But adding up his weight in weeny little cheeseburgers would be ridiculous…

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More Showering ☂

I work with seriously great people at ASU! Pedro will have a few adopted aunts to entertain once he’s here. In the meantime, they made use of Braden and I for entertainment with some hi-larious games/activities at a baby shower they threw for us last week.

Braden was able to get away from work for a couple of hours to join us on campus. As soon as he arrived, they had him put a balloon up his shirt…

Braden found some good uses for  his balloon baby:

Other  times, the belly seemed to impede him a bit…I wonder what that’s like? Must be so frustrating not to be able to reach things, etc…

At the end of the shower, Braden ‘gave birth’ to his balloon by popping it–inside was the answer to one of the door prize questions: “What was Braden’s birthweight?” The answer is 7 lbs. even. It is sort of looking like Pedro will surpass his father in that department–the little guy was already 4lbs. 9oz. last Friday! He could be over 5 lbs. by now with about 6-7 weeks left to go!

Besides fun parties, things have been going well otherwise, too. Pedro has passed each Biophysical Profile (BPP) and seems to be doing really well in spite of his heart issues. They have even scaled back and are only having me come in once a week, instead of twice. For BPP’s  they check 4 different criteria to see how he is doing overall: 1. Fetal Movement, 2. Fetal Breathing (aka oxygen flow to all the important parts), 3. Quantity of Amniotic Fluid, and 4. Fetal Heart Rate. If it were a graded test, and not just pass/fail, I wonder if they’d give him an A+ for movement. This kid rarely holds still!