It looks like we’re going to have a stubborn baby, as neither the eastern medicine approach (moxibustion) nor the western medicine approach (external cephalic version) succeeded in coaxing her out of the breech position. So we’re hoping for spontaneous rotation over the next week, but planning on a c-section next Thursday morning.
We’re counting down the days and busily preparing for baby #2’s arrival, reconfiguring the house for two kids and arranging alternating visits from Grandma Judy and Aunt Mona. Katherine’s latest ultrasound showed that our soon-to-be daughter is in the breech position which may add some complexity. We’re looking into a variety of methods in case she doesn’t turn around on her own. First up is an Eastern medicine technique called moxibustion, which combines a smoking mugwort herb with acupuncture at just the right spot on the side of Katherine’s little toe. Our obstetrician mentioned it and Stu loves saying the word so we had to try it. Our friend Deanna recommended an acupuncturist in San Francisco so we’ll give it a go this week. If that doesn’t work, our obstetrician will try manually rotating the baby (a.k.a. version) next week. And if she’s still breech then, it’ll be a c-section in early February.
Of course, we’ve also got recent pictures. Click below for some shots of Deanna, John and their lovely 7-month old daughter Marlow visiting us for dinner and a bath last night.
Katherine took Claire for her 18-month checkup today. At 35″, she remains at the 99th percentile like at her 1-year checkup. At 26 lbs, 14 oz, she’s the 82nd percentile in weight up from 76th six months ago. Otherwise, there’s not much to report happily.