I'm interested in answers for your 2nd child, especially.
I had an emergency c-s w/ DD, I went into labor 4 days past my due date. Drs think I will likely need a c-s again b/c DD failed to progress and did not handle contractions well and we had to go in for an emergency when her HR dropped to 30! They say this is likely to happen again.
I am not one of those women who has to have a vaginal birth so a scheduled c-s is just fine with me. If I go into labor on my own before then, we'll see how things go. I was 8cm by the time I got to the hospital 4hrs after waking up w/ labor pains so it's possible I'll go very fast if I do go into labor on my own. (Unfortunately 6hrs later I was still 9-9.5cm).
Anyway...my c-s is scheduled 8 days before my due date which means DS will be cooking 12 days less than DD, so a whole pound less gained. DD was 7lbs 4oz. Sometimes that worries me. I feel like I should give him a chance to develop as much as possible in utero. I know plenty of babies are born much earlier than 8 days before their due date and are totally fine. I know I will be miserable those last few weeks and counting the hours till my scheduled c-s. But a little part of me worries that taking him out too early is not a good idea.