Matthew is not necessarily following in his mommy's footsteps these days...I typically aim for (or not, just luckily make it into) the top percentage for just about everything. Only 3% odds of blah blah blah? Count me in. (In fact, right now, that's where I am with him still being breech) Less than 1% chance of blah blah blah happening? Yep, that'll be where you'll find me. Having that happen.
Matthew, however, has decided he wanted to drop some percentage points and has now gone from the 38th%tile for growth to the 22nd%tile. Dr. Sweeney said that was not a big deal because A) I'm little and odds are, Matthew will be little; and B) He's gained a whole pound in a month, and that's great. So, he weighs a hefty 3 lbs., 6 oz. and I'm happy with that. I was only 4 lbs., 2 oz. when I was born and I was full-term. Of course, I don't want my boy to end up as small as I am, but like Grandma pointed out, he has a cousin who was in the 5 pounder range when she was born and she's just dandy now. So....he wasn't very cooperative for pictures so all we have is a little foot picture. We got to see his face a bit, and the cheeks are definitely chubbing out! He was all crunched and the cord was in front of him, so the 3D pictures were just sort of scary and unrecognizable. Room's getting more and more sparse, I guess!
Still only one kidney. Like that surprises me. We go back in 4 weeks, and that will probably be the last appointment with the specialist. The one is functioning just fine, amniotic fluid looked fine, placenta looked, "young," and from my visit yesterday, things were "tight and closed," so all seems well for him to cook a bit longer. I am only doing half days until next week and then 4 full days with the long-term sub next week, but she'll be there if I need to sit or leave. I must admit...today was a long day. I'm really going to be glad when next week is over and I can relax a bit more. I hate leaving my kids in such a lurch, but at this point, not many other options.
Matthew, you need to be very glad that your daddy has a good job and has put money in savings so that mommy can take time off and let you grow. I am thankful for that blessing every day. I just don't know how I could physically keep going at school too much longer, and I am just so, so, so grateful that I don't have to.
Maybe that's when Matthew will really plump up!