I must begin with an open letter.
Dear whiny pregnant ladies on YouTube,
This morning I pinched my finger in the hair gel lid, and THAT was more painful than ECV. If you thought you were going to die to death when your doctor tried to turn your baby around, I wonder how you survived childbirth.
If you've been wondering how things went yesterday, well, no dice. This baby is wedged. But I'll get to that in a minute. We went to the radiology department at the hospital where I was liberally doused with sonogram gel. Probably half a tube. Our doctor was finishing up a morning surgery, so the sonogram tech got started taking measurements and readings and figuring out the baby's position. What I thought was baby's head is baby's head. But what I thought was baby's rump, is baby's shoulder. Thus endeth my fantasy of delivering a 6 pound baby. The little one is not transverse as we suspected--the baby is oblique breech (that means slanted or diagonal), which looks like this:
Baby's head is in the right side of my ribcage, while baby's butt is parked in my pelvis, legs crossed like Buddha, rear aimed at my left hip. When our doctor arrived, she squeezed out the other half a tube of sonogram gel on me and went to work. There was no local anesthesia or injections to relax the uterus. Just my doctor manually encouraging our baby to do a somersault. The procedure looks like kneading bread dough. Yes, a day at the beach would have been more fun. And I was glad that I didn't stop at Denny's for the Grand Slam Breakfast on the way to the hospital, but overall the procedure wasn't a big deal. I would 100% recommend trying external version to any woman carrying a breech baby. Oh, and buy stock in sonogram gel.
And yesterday was more definitive than any paternity test in proving that Robb is the baby's father because the stubborn little rascal refused to budge, just ducked its furry head further under my ribs to evade capture. The baby's butt wouldn't move at all. Our doctor checked the sonogram imaging out again to see if there had been progress, and this is what she saw.
Tomorrow at our weekly appointment we will schedule a planned c-section. As our doctor said, it is easier to reserve a spot in the surgery suite early and cancel later if we don't need it than it is to schedule something at the last minute. If baby turns on his/her own, great; but if not, we'll be prepared.