And I'm still not sure how I feel about it.
I went for my 38 week appointment and my LO's head moved towards the right area a little bit, but still no where near being engaged. My doctor said she felt much more confident at this point with me planning a c-section than she did last week because of how little progress there is, and how big he feels to her. She said that she's fairly sure he's around 8lbs now, which is on point with my growth ultrasound 2 weeks ago which had him at 7lbs1oz).
The biggest factor for her is my family history. For those who don't know, I was born on my due date after my mom was in labor for a whole day, and failed to progress due to a tiny pelvis, and then had an emergency-c. My first degree relatives seem to have the exact same problem (with much smaller babies). So, when my doctor is figuring in my LO's size, she said that it is exceptionally unlikely that he'd fit, and if he did for some reason, I'd probably be facing 3rd/4th degree tear, episiotomy, bladder problems, etc. She said that my risks for natural delivery likely outweigh the c-section risks. She said all this after explaining how staunchly pro-vaginal delivery she normally is, and the fact that they employ a mid-wife in their practice, and how when she teaches her residents at Georgetown (I'm lucky to have a doc who is an MD and a PhD), she always favors vaginal delivery. This is all in spite of the fact that she had a c-section for her only child. Clearly, in the right circumstances, a c-section is necessary. I know I fit in this category, but it's so hard to succumb to.So, needless to say, I know (in theory) when my little guy will be here (the 12th). And, as luck would have it, it's much later than it should be, but my doctor is out of town at a conference the prior week, so I have to wait until full term (and that's with my kid measuring nearly 2 weeks ahead...), and hope that I don't go into labor on my own, and end up with the on-call doc. So, it seems weird to be doing things to prevent labor, but that's what I'll be doing. I don't really have any labor signs whatsoever, so I'm not terribly worried about my water breaking... but you never know.