Yep, it's here; Brianna's due date. So far this morning. . . nothing. Not that I was expecting anything different. Brian is expecting to meet her today. I told him not to, but he keeps saying today is the "big day." I have a doctor appointment at 1:30, although it's not with my regular doctor, as he is camping with his boys. I'm anxious to find out if another doctor there can run on time-but it's not really a fair comparison as my normal appointments are later because we have off of school today (wasn't it nice of them to give us time off in the schedule around my due date? Now if only she'd use it!) I have been expecting Bri to be late since week 18-actually even before then. I got extra ultrasounds because the doc couldn't find her heartbeat the first couple of visits after we should have been able to hear her, and I had to have three of the main ultrasounds just to determine if her heart was developing correctly. Each time they told me "nothing to worry about, the baby is just little." I guess I figured if she's been little the whole time either A: I wasn't as far along as they thought, or B: she'd need a little extra time to develop enough to join the world. Either way, that has her arriving late.
It's hard to say for sure how big your baby will be, but the average newborn weighs about 7 1/2 pounds (a small pumpkin) and is about 20 inches long. The biggest part of your baby's body is her head, but her still-pliable skull will give it the flexibility necessary to squeeze through the birth canal. Many parents are surprised by how long and sharp their newborn's nails are from the get-go. Clipping them right away (ask a nurse for help) can prevent your baby from scratching her face.