Small mama = small baby

 By Dani Maxwell

 I’ve always been the short kid.  Even among my gymnastics team growing up (and ALL gymnasts are short), I was the smallest.  (That’s me on the right in the front row.)

So I wasn’t that surprised when the doctors kept telling me and Steve our baby girl was a “little” on the little side.  She was in the 30th percentile for while in height and weight, but this week our growth ultrasound put her in the 10th percentile.  I’m 36 weeks pregnant and they estimated she’s only 4 pounds 3 ounces.

So our doctor recommended seeing a specialist at SwedishAmerican Hospital to see if he thought there was some sort of growth restriction; maybe a problem with the placenta not getting enough nutrients to Baby Max.  If that was the case, they might have to deliver early.  (And after all the work to keep her in there longer!)  The specialist estimates she weighs about 4 pounds 10 ounces…. better…. but still in the 10th percentile.  Good news is, after checking the amniotic fluid, the brain fluid, and the proportions of her body, the doctors don’t think there’s any problem at all.  The doctor says some women just have 5 pound babies, and our girl will just be small.  And that’s not the only thing she has in common with her mama.  Check out this picture… and see the nose?  That big honkin’ thing?  That’s definitely a Maxwell trait.  I got it from my father.  Lucky lady.

Well, needless to say, we thought we might have to prepare for an arrival this week.  Thankfully the shower my sisters and stepmother had planned (which originally was cancelled) was back on!  They had an impromptu baby shower at my house this past Sunday and we were so blessed to have a ton of friends and family come to wish us well.  Of course they brought everything we needed, and I finally feel prepared.   My favorite thing was the party favor my sister, Carly, came up with:

Steve was pretty excited to get the nursery ready after looking at all the gifts.  He spent most of the day doing that and surprised me when I came home from work Tuesday.


So the plan is to keep Baby Max “inside” for now to put on some more weight.  Although we’re anxious to meet her, she has to get a little bigger before she’s allowed to come out of her room…. I mean her womb.

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This post was written by dmaxwell on October 27, 2011

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    I love the room & the changing table fits perfect! I was afraid it was too big but its great. Don’t be so quick to blame your or my dad for her nose. It’s a squishy picture. Em had a big honker in her ultrasound pic & she grew into it & look at her now!

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