Thank you for the story. I had had the thought that perhaps I should expect to grow this baby past my due date (which I am also certain of) after having had my other boys before our due date. Maybe this one is just needing more cooking time. Good to know that a smaller guy may have a harder time learning to nurse. I can be prepared for that. Actually, DS1 was a VERY sleepy, but average size baby, and was hard to establish nursing. Of course then he went on to nurse for 3 years.
And smeep, I know it is all relative, and that some folks just make them smaller. My boys were 7lbs 4oz, and 8lbs 8oz. The first born about a week earlier than the second, so really they were similar in rate of growth. So, for me, a baby who is smaller than my boys would seem small. I am not really concerned with what actual size our baby will be. But if he were to in some way be smaller than *he* needs to be to be a healthy, alert, temperature regulated, ready to learn to nurse kind of guy.
Really though, after voicing these concerns to my midwives recently, and having them pay more special attention to his size while palpating the babe, I feel much more at ease. He's not looking like a large baby, but he does not feel small to their hands, either. I do feel reassured. And, I figure I will either be thankful for my intuition when my baby is born and I am prepared to keep a little guy extra warm and take special care to nurse him well, or I will have a good laugh when he slides out a strapping 8lbs of chub.