My initial reaction was correct- he's just a small boy, like his sister and his mom were. The detailed ultrasound today reassured us that while he is on the smaller size, he is likely on the same growth pattern as Audrey and probably won't tip the scale at birth. They estimate that he is currently 5 lbs, 6 oz. That doesn't seem all that small to me considering I was born at 5 lbs, 9oz. at 40-ish weeks. He still has plenty of time to gain more weight.
He appears to have grown significantly since the ultrasound 5 days ago and from watching the tech today versus the tech last week, I think there were some differences in how they measure which could account for the really small measurements last week. This time we had a senior tech who specializes in babies in-utero and she seemed very confident in what she was doing. The previous tech does all sorts of ultrasounds and seemed far less experienced. Regardless of the reason, the doctor did not seem concerned at all with the placenta, fluid levels or growth other than slightly on the small side.
However, the little guy is still frank breech. The good news is that since there isn't a growth issue, they will allow us to explore ways to help turn him, if we want, rather than opt straight for the Cesarean. The doctor said we are good candidates for the external cephalic version since the baby is a small size, fluid levels are good and he's in a favourable position. It is recommended to do it sooner rather than later so that fluid levels don't decrease and baby doesn't get too big.
My midwives have sent in the OB consult so hopefully we can get an appointment soon. Of course, it would be nice if he just turned on his own between now and then!
We feel a million times better and so relieved that he is ok, albeit in the wrong position. That, we can deal with!
Thanks to everyone for their well-wishes, fat baby and flipping vibes!! It made it a lot better knowing we weren't dealing with this alone.
Keep sending the flipping vibes though!!