Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Somebody Has A Birthday Planned!

January 4, 2011.

That date is tentatively scheduled to be Luke's birthday.


Yesterday's appointment was fabulous. We brought Snickerdoodles and chocolate covered pretzels (it's that time of year!) and I think they were a big hit. I asked John on Saturday what he thought we should bring and he said, "I think Dr. Sweeney would appreciate some Snickerdoodles."

I should mention that John's favorite cookie is a Snickerdoodle, but he assures me there was no ulterior motive.


Anyway, Luke was doing fabulously. He was moving around tons and tons...which is certainly not new! He was also VERY head down (no surprise to me, my hips or my bladder!) and facing my back, so there were not any good facial pictures. Sounds like he's all set for delivery, doesn't it? Well...in about 27 days, he'll have his time! Dr. Sweeney said that Dr. Morris (the doctor who is going to do the surgery, and the head of Labor and Delivery at AAMC) was on vacation my 38th week. Of course he is...that's the way things go for me.


Dr. Sweeney then said that even though he was on vacation that week, Dr. Morris said he'd come in any day we'd like to deliver. Seriously? The man is on vacation the week after New Year's and he's coming in to deliver for a woman he barely knows. Well, I guess it's more for Dr. Sweeney, which should say spades about what a rock star Dr. Sweeney is! In any event, we've been having our ultrasounds on Mondays, and I'll be 38 weeks on the 3rd of January. The plan is to go in on the 3rd in the afternoon for our ultrasound, stay the night in Annapolis (and pray that the Hokies win the Orange Bowl!!) and then head in for surgery at 7:30 the next morning.

So that Tuesday will be his birthday.

I am still having a hard time believing we will be bringing him home. We only had a few things left that I wanted to pick up for Luke but I wanted to wait until there were fewer than 30 days in case anything had to be returned. I know that sounds really sort of morbid on some level, but it's just the way I'm feeling. We bought the video monitor and I'll order the rest of his cloth diaper stash and other than that...that boy is SET!

He has lots of hair still...and was hard to measure because he was tucked and crossed and basically smooshed. Haley got about 5 pounds, but I wouldn't be surprised if he wasn't a bit over that because he was only half a pound away from that two weeks ago. The best part was how huge his feet are! Haley said he was going to be born wearing a 9.5 shoe size! He obviously takes after his daddy and is like his big brother! I love that!

His kidney is still enlarged, but Dr. Sweeney is not too concerned. He said that he'll probably order an ultrasound there at the hospital after Luke is born to see if it is anything more than reflux. I'm not worried at all. Matthew only had one for most of my pregnancy, and then was found to have a pelvic kidney right before he was born. I have learned that one working and functional kidney is just fine, and for that I am grateful!

Still only gained about 20-21 pounds, but not sure how because I am hungry ALL. THE. TIME! This boy likes his food and my appetite has definitely picked up even more! John thinks it's hilarious! I have no swelling and no stretch marks, and every time Dr. Shonekan tells me, "Remember...you do pregnancy well," I have to say that I somewhat agree based on the way things are going.

If only I did bringing the baby home well...

Here are some pictures from this week:

33w6d...it's starting to get cold!!!!!

Hair and his little ear...

Check that foot out!!!!! Holy cow!!!!

Here's how Luke is developing this week:

Week Thirty Four: Rapid growth continues

You are 34 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 32 weeks)
  • Your baby now is approximately 18 inches long and weighs about 5.25 pounds.
  • Baby is now 46cm crown to heel and the weight is 2400 grams.
  • Your child has now an excellent chance of survival outside the womb.
  • Fat accumulations plumps up the arms and legs this week.
  • Eyes opened when awake and closed when sleeping.
  • The fingernails are now completely formed.
Even babies born earlier than this could survive outside the womb with hospital support although the risk of complications would be high. Your baby may have already turned to a head down position in preparation for birth. The skull bones are still pretty flexible and not completely joined to help to ease exit out of the narrow birth canal. Fat accumulations plumps up the arms and legs this week. The baby's skin is also becoming less wrinkled. Braxton Hicks contractions may be getting more numerous and stronger. Thanks to antibodies crossing the placenta the baby is developing immunities to mild infections.


  1. Wow, 27 days!!! I'm so excited for you and will be counting down the days with you :)


  2. January 4th!!!! Such exciting news :)

  3. That foot picture cracked me up~!

  4. Ahhhh! I LOVE January 4th! And this is kind of random, but I love the paint color on your walls. :) You, as usual, are looking amazing and I am counting down the days until he is HERE!!!!

  5. wow!! that is a big foot!! lol.....i am so excited for you!!! you deserve this more than anything!! I am praying Luke makes a nice peaceful, uneventful entry into this world on his birthday!

  6. So exciting! Congratulations, definitely a wonderful way to start the new year!

  7. What a great birthday! So excited for you!!! Yay!

  8. WoW!!! I can't believe it's DAYS away!!! I'm so excited fir you guys and will of course continue to keep yoou close in prayer. I can't wait to meet Luke!

  9. You're so close Lori! I'm thrilled for you and John.

    I'm sorry that I haven't commented on your last few posts. I was so busy this last weekend, I never got on my computer once!! Last night, I got to a few blogs, then I started falling asleep with my computer on my lap.

    I love the picture of you by the Christmas tree. Next Christmas, Luke will be wanting to pull it down!! lol

  10. Love your pictures, your christmas tree is beautiful and you look amazing !!! It must feel very strange knowing a "date" for Luke's birthday. I am praying so so much for you all right now. 27 days is such a short space of time, but I know it must feel like an eternity as well. We are all thinking of you and sending lots of love your way Xoxoxoxox

  11. WOW!! That foot is huge! Can't wait to meet your little man, and you are going to be great at bringing your baby home! I love Jan 4th! And continue to love your love for your team!! These days will fly and drag, fly and drag! Just remember it's all going to be just fine! I'm praying for you and sending you tons of love!!!

  12. Oh, I can't wait for you to meet this precious little angel! I am so excited for you! Praying!!!

  13. That's so exciting a date is set!! Yay!! I can't wait to see this little guy!

  14. That is great that the date is officially set, hooray. I can't wait to see him and oh goodness his foot is so big, too cute!

  15. OH MY GOSH LORI!! How exciting!!! I even marked Jan 3rd and 4th in my day planner!!

    And no...your comment/thoughts of wanting to wait until less than 30 days was not morid...it is sadly understandable.

    However, we are all praying for you guys, and for precious Luke SOON to make his arrival home! WOWZERS!!!!!

    And YES...that is ONE BIG FOOT :) Too adorable!!!!

    You look gorgeous as always!

    Hugs and prayers to you all.
    Give that belly a pat for me!

    Heather (heathershope - HP)