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Friday, April 8, 2011

Oh Boy 19 Weeks

Tuesday, March 8th, I had my monthly ob appointment. We were supposed to have the big ultrasound too. I received a call from the office saying that the tech went home sick while I was driving to the appointment. My ob still wanted me to come in though. The appointment went well. My weight and blood pressure was good. The baby's heart rate was 133. We talked about my almost fainting spell over the weekend and she said it was normal and to make sure to carry snacks with me and stay hydrated (especially as we get into warmer weather). We were able to schedule the ultrasound for the next day. Wednesday, the 9th, Dave and I attended the ultrasound appointment. The baby was measuring 19 weeks and 1 day (which was 3 days ahead), but the tech said they weren't going to change the due date. The heart rate was 142 and baby was moving around alot. The tech was able to get all the views that were typically the hardest almost right away, but was not able to get one of the easiest views until the end (the heart). Baby kept moving around. The baby loved flaunting that he was a boy. You read that right. We are having a boy! I teared up when the tech told us that the baby had a turtle. At first I wasn't sure if that's what she was talking about, but when I figured it out, I starting tearing up a bit. He showed us his kidneys, his brain, his bladder, etc. She was able to get all measurements with the exception of the heart. He was not ready for that yet, apparently. He is / was head down and the placenta is posterior. With Kaitlynn it was anterior, so I didn't get the pleasure of feeling all of her movements. He weighed 10 ounces and was in the 83 percentile. The tech had me go to the bathroom to see if that would help to get the views she needed of the heart. He was still flaunting his boyhood and not interested in showing his heart. Finally, just as she was saying that I would have to come back for another ultrasound to get the heart views, he showed us his heart was perfect - all 4 chambers. I was relieved! We asked the tech to see if I still had any cysts. I had 3 on my right ovary and 1 on my left ovary, but they were 1/3 of the size they used to be. PhotobucketPhotobucket Dave and I had both thought the baby was going to be a boy, but didn't want to say anything when people asked because we would have been just as thrilled if we were having a girl. We just kept praying for a healthy baby (and still keep praying for a healthy baby). I had a dream very early in the pregnancy that at the first ultrasound the doctor told us that we were having one baby and it was a boy. Twins run in both of our families and actually on both sides in my family, so it was a bit of a "concern." When asked, Kaitlynn has always said she wanted a baby sister or that the baby was a baby sister. I was a little afraid to tell her that her baby sister was going to be a baby brother. After the appointment, I called my mom and Dave called his to tell them the news. I texted my siblings and niece. When MawMaw and I picked Kaitlynn up from school, she was not in a good mood - she was tired. I jokingly told MawMaw that we may not tell Kaitlynn she is having a brother for the first year of the baby's life and just dress him in girl's clothes. After a nap and some dinner, Kaitlynn was in a better mood. Dave and my niece, Hanna, texted me after Kaitlynn got out of school, to see what she thought of the news. I think everyone was a little worried about how she would handle the news. I ended up telling her at Denny's (which is where we had dinner) about 2 hours after school. She was cool with the news. She said "a baby brother!" I think she is just excited to be a big sister and would be / will be happy with a brother or a sister. She is going to be an amazing big sister, I know that for sure! MawMaw, Kaitlynn and I went to the store and we let Kaitlynn help pick out an outfit for the baby. MawMaw bought these cute little things for baby boy. Photobucket Dave and I talked about boy names before bed, but didn't agree to a name. We did like the same ones though. Thursday, the 10th, one of the ladies in my Women's Group, Kathy, gave me the cutest knitted strawberry hat for the baby. It was so super sweet! I just couldn't believe she knitted a hat for the baby. I was also glad to share the news of the gender with the group. They are all so supportive and such wonderful women. They talked about me bringing the baby to our monthly lunches. They are all so excited for us and I really appreciate them. Kaitlynn loved the strawberry hat and tried to put it on. She is always wanting to hold it or look at it. Photobucket We think we are decided on a name (first and middle), but have agreed not to tell anyone yet. Friday, the 11th, marked 19 weeks. According to Babycenter, the baby's sensory development is exploding! His brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that he may be able to hear my voice now. The baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. His arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of his body now. His kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on his scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on his skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid. I am definitely having round ligament pain, achiness in my lower abdomen and sometimes an occasional brief, stabbing pain on one or both sides, as the Babycenter update talked about too. I was tired on Friday. Baby was moving around some and my lower abdomen was still sore. Photobucket

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