So, where were we? In my last post, I talked about the three scenarios that could happen at this morning’s growth scan. They were:
1. Baby has caught up in growth.
2. Baby is growing but growth restricted.
3. Baby has not grown at all.
Fortunately, it wasn’t number three. It was kind of number two, but not really. Baby measured in the 17th percentile overall. His abdomen was in the 5th percentile and his femur was in the 1st. But overall, he was in the 17th, which I guess means his brain is large. They don’t classify it as growth restriction if he’s above the 10th percentile. So he’s not IUGR right now, but he’s little. And the abdomen and femur sizes are sort of scary. But good news is that he has grown and the doctor says that as long as he’s following his own growth chart, it’s okay to leave him in there. He’s currently 3 lbs, 4 oz. The average size for a 32 week baby (according to some website) is 3 lbs, 12 oz. So he’s small. But three weeks ago, he was only 2 lbs, 5 oz. The doctor said that if he keeps up his growing at the same speed, he’ll be around 6 lbs at birth, which is fine by me. Hell, if he’s over 5 lbs, I’d be happy.
So, all in all, it was good news. Obviously, I’d like it if his abdomen and femur would catch up, but maybe he’ll just be a short, skinny baby at first and then catch up later. I was only 5 lbs, 9 oz when I was born and now I’m 5’7.
We met with a doctor that we hadn’t met before (this is a multi-doctor practice) and were asking her if there was anything I could do to fatten up the baby. She mentioned upping my protein intake, which I’ve been doing (hence my last post) and also drinking Ensure. Umm, bleh!
Okay, I’ve never had Ensure before but the ingredient list looks sort of scary to me. So, I did what anyone would do, I went to Facebook and asked for alternatives. And this is what people told me:
• Drink ensure cold
• Liver (?!)
• Growing Naturals protein powder
• Publix vanilla protein powder to go in a smoothie
• Another one for drinking the ensure cold
• Go to WF and get a protein powder and make a smoothie with almond butter
• Shaklee (i thought this was some sort of cleaning product. Apparently, I thought wrong. Or they do sell that too?)
So it looks like smoothies are in my near future. Not with liver though. I did manage to make a protein filled dinner. At first, I was going to go the lazy route and just throw together something quick, but I decided there was no reason for me not to cook and I needed leftovers to take to work for lunches anyway, so I made this Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Basil Lemon Dressing.
Though I wasn’t too lazy to cook, I was too lazy to take out my good camera. Anyway. This was actually really good and I’m glad I made it. The quinoa absorbed the dressing and it gave it a really nice flavor. Better than Ensure, I’d say.