August 22, 2006


August 18


Update, good news. We were, as you might know, concerned over the last few weeks that the baby was still breech. In the U.S., doctors (and even midwives) won't even try to deliver a breech baby; they simply schedule a c-section at 39 weeks. Obviously, this was not our ideal choice. So as we entered the last few weeks of the pregnancy, we were increasingly anxious for the little plum to hurry up and turn over.

Sarah faithfully went through a regimen of (a) chiropractice sessions designed to help stubborn plums turn (b) a bizarre acupressure/aromatherapy technique know as "moxibustion" (c) a fair amount of swimming and wading and sloshing around (d) dangling from things (e.g. the side of the bed, or soft chairs.) She did not, as some sources suggested, hang the pictures upside down on our walls, or put a radio down her pants and encourage the baby to "go toward the sound". The flashlight technique (designed along similar lines) was RIGHT OUT.

Then, last Friday night, she (and in some measure, I) was up much of the night with extreme back pain and vomiting. The pain went away; we had a good weekend. Celebrating my birthday early, we went sailing on Lake Michigan for the first time, and had a nice dinner with a bunch of good friends, including TJ, who came in from out of town.

Today: midwife appointment. After some poking and prodding, and some mutterings about how "not sure there was a . . . .limb . . . there before" and "well, that's certainly round" and "well, if that's that, then what's this?", it was concluded that the baby had -- indeed -- turned HEAD DOWN. (As in the excellent novel "Ender's Game", "The other team's gate is DOWN.") Success!

So was the night of back pain related to the baby moving into a new position? It seems possible. Sarah had had another chiropractice session that same day. She had also swum and waded and sloshed around in a bouncy fashion (I know, because I was there). But we'll never know for sure; maybe the baby just turned on its own because it is SMART. In any case, now that the passenger seems to be heading for the exit, everyone think downward thoughts. In a few weeks, we'll get to see the results!


Catherine said...

I must respond to this post if only to give mad props to Brandon for making a reference to one of my All Time Favorite books. "The other team's gate is DOWN" is, like, the best military strategy ever.

Anonymous said...

totally. i think in the book it is actually the "enemy's gate" which is down, but I am happy that's not how we're referring to the, um, "exit strategy" here.


catherine said...

I *really* hope Brandon starts referring to your woman parts as the enemy's gate...

Nico said...


Just perusing your blog after your comment on mine, our little guys are only a week apart! I tried all those things to turn my passenger around too, but no success for me :-( I look forward to continuing the rest of the journey with you guys! I find that i really enjoy reading about what other kids of Ant's age are doing!

I also LOVE Ender's game. I think I'd have to say it's my favorite book ever. I recently re-read the entire series over nursing sessions :-)