Monday, March 26, 2012

Anatomy Scan w/Pictures

Our anatomy scan last week Tuesday was AMAZING! I was so nervous walking into the appt, just praying that our lil one was developing on track and healthy. We are thrilled that the appointment went very well and that HE is looking wonderful. Yes, you read that correctly - we're having a baby BOY! :)

The ultrasound tech was very informative. She started with his head/brain and worked her way down measuring all the body parts and organs. I really appreciated how after looking at each organ she would assure us that it looked normal and healthy. At the time, he weighed 13 ounces and she said he was on track be a full pound by 22 weeks!

The doctor met with us right after the ultrasound and assured us baby boy was doing very well. Baby boy is in the 66th percentile - which she said was perfect, means he's growing right on track - not too slow and not too fast - just right. She also said she didn't foresee me being at any risk for premature labor, which yes sounds reassuring, but yet I still find myself worrying non stop! I asked her when will I have my next ultrasound, already anticipating seeing baby boy again. She said "You won't have another one." What?!?!?! Ahhhhh, just check-ups from here on out! She said they only do more ultrasounds if they have concerns or if there are complications. So, I guess this is a good thing! Next appointment is April 17th!

And here are just a few of the 32 pics our ultrasound tech took for us...:)

I think this one is so cute with his little foot all the way up by his face - flexible lil guy.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Half Way!!!!

Tomorrow I will officially be 20 weeks - I really can't believe it. Things are going well and I am feeling GREAT! I have so much energy back now and I've actually been able to stay up long enough for some of my favorite shows at night. :) I am feeling movement daily and usually multiple times throughout the day. The round ligament pain has been more sporadic lately. I've been getting great amounts of sleep, although I wake up with a sore back every morning. I'm still not used to only sleeping on my sides. I think it's time to invest in some sort of pregnancy/body pillow. Recommendations are welcomed!

I am super anxious and NERVOUS for our big Anatomy Scan coming up this Tuesday. I am just praying so hard that this lil one is nice and healthy!!! I'm also praying for all my friends that have recently found out they are pregnant and those that are starting new cycles. Love you all!

I'll leave you with the 20 week bumpdate...we were blessed with some amazing summer-like temps here in Milwaukee this past weekend - 80 degrees and sunshine both MARCH?!?!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

18 Weeks

Tomorrow I will officially be 18 weeks!! The weeks have actually been flying by and we're getting closer and closer to our Anatomy Scan on the 20th - can't wait! :)

Size of baby: About 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and he/she weighs almost 7 ounces.

Symptoms: Week 17 was the first week that I didn't feel nauseous at all...which was refreshing! I'm still incredibly tired all the time, finding myself in bed by about 7:00 p.m. each night. The round ligament pain has started, especially when I get up in the morning.

Cravings: Shamrock Shakes

Aversions: I really thought I wanted a meatball sub sent hubby off to Subway for me. When he returned with it, I took one bite and then gagged. There goes lunch.

Sleep: Definitely sleeping much better now. I do wake up a few times through the night to make sure I am sleeping on one of my sides. Most of the time, I already am - but every once in a while I wake up and need to re-position myself.

Maternity Clothes: Yes! I don't fit into any of my regular pants anymore.

What I Miss: Absolutely nothing!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Finding out the gender on March 20th!

Special Pregnancy Moments: At 16w6d I felt the baby for the first time. We were in the car on the way to breakfast and I literally made hubby pull the car over on the side of the road. I usually feel him/her now at least once a day and only when I am laying or sitting down. I'm looking forward to the movements becoming stronger as the weeks progress. I had read so many blogs about what it was "supposed" to feel like - yet to me, it's really indescribable. I'd say the closest analogy I can come up with is that it's like popcorn popping in your tummy! :) I knew for sure it was movement that I was feeling because it is something I have never, ever felt before.

I'm still using the doppler and very proud to say that I'm only using it every other day now. This next week we're going to try to move to once every three days. I am slowly trying to wean myself off of it.

I allowed my husband to tag a picture of me on FB that shows off my bump. I didn't officially announce it on FB yet, so this was a HUGE step for me. I have received lots of messages and texts saying "Um, is there something you need to tell me?!?!?" :)

Bumpdate: I have had a few requests for some belly shots - so here they are.

11 weeks

14 weeks

17 weeks 2 days

Today - 17 weeks 6 days