The other night Josh and I were in bed watching Family Guy, as we do. It occurred to me that I had no idea how much Josh weighted when he was born. For those of you who do not know Josh, or just a refresher, when I am not pregnant, we are about the same size. We wear the same shoe size, our hands are the same size and if one of us is bare foot and the other is wearing socks, the socked one if slightly taller. For these reasons, I guess I figured we probably weighted about the same at birth.
Now, I weighted in at about 8lbs. 5 oz. and was 21 inches long. I know this is not a small baby, BUT my mom's due date for me was June 22...my birthday is July 16. I was almost a month late! So I figure if I had been born on time, I would have maybe been somewhere in the 7lb range. Either way, not a bad size, do-able at least.
Back to the other night, I asked Josh, "How much did you weigh when you were born?" I barely finished the question, when he said, "10lbs 6oz"
I promptly stated he must be joking because he answered too quickly/easily. I mean really what guy knows what they weighted at birth!?
He assured me, no that is what he was and he had the baby book to prove it.
Now, I am OVER THE MOON excited to have Parker in my life. I already love him more than I thought possible. However, I was not prepared for a 10 pounder! I told Josh this is information he should have shared before the wedding, at the very least before October 2007. You need to prep a girl for the distinct possibility of a 10 pound baby.
I'm not sure if I slept that night or slipped into some sort of shock/trauma situation.
A few days later I had a doctors appointment. Whenever I go to the doctor, I usually have a laundry list of questions that I throw at her rapid fire style. I love my OB!
I told her about the gigantic baby that was Josh. I was hoping beyond hopes that she would tell me birth weight is not genetic, that is just a myth.
She actually told me quite the opposite, my baby's birth weight will likely be an average of mine and Josh's. I told her I really did not want to have to do a c-section and was scared that the size of my baby may lead to that procedure. She "comforted" me by saying, "Don't worry, I've delivered 11 pound babies vaginally before."