I had a doctor's appointment this morning. Everything looks good. I'm measuring about a week and a half bigger, which coincidentally would put me due at one of my earlier due dates (I've had four). The best news for me today though was that he isn't breach. Emma was breach up until a couple of weeks before delivery. I had no desire to have a c-section, so I was given some exercises to do to encourage Emma to turn. These "exercises" were really the beginning poses for a contortionist. They would have been hard to get into if I weren't nine months pregnant and nearly impossible in that state. I almost wish I had videoed doing these exercises, surely I would have won some funny video prize - or at least been the most viewed on YouTube. Thankfully she did turn, and her delivery was much easier than Christine's.
When trying to turn Emma, we were given insight into one of her character traits. If it isn't her idea, it takes quite a while to encourage her to change her mind. The fact that I did those exercises daily for two weeks shows that we both have a healthy dose of willpower, determination, tenacity, or whatever phrase you want to use. She truly has a mind of her own and regularly exercises her agency. However, she is very quiet and reserved when she isn't at home or around unfamiliar people, so no one believes us when we tell her stories. Incidentally, I finally figured out this morning why one set of brackets keeps breaking on one of our bookshelves when I caught her mid-climb. Michael, we really should screw those shelves into the wall. She definitely keeps us on our toes and is really fun to be around. Love you Emma!