Saturday, February 19, 2011

20 & 21 Weeks


I can't believe that I'm halfway through this pregnancy. I am so extremely excited and I can't wait to enjoy the rest of it. I am one happy pregnant lady! 

Let's talk about baby!

20 Weeks

Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they've already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you'd like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.

21 Weeks

Baby's digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion, and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, if baby is a girl, her womb is now stocked up with her lifetime supply of six million eggs (the number will drop to around one million by birth).

I'm still feeling pretty awesome. I have to admit, I feel kind of huge for only being 21 weeks, but I don't have much of a torso, so the only place this baby can go is out. I'll take it though, I LOVE my bump. I've been having some hip pain, but nothing terrible and sleeping is definitely sporadic. I get really good sleep one night and really terrible sleep another night. It's times like this where I wish we would have forked out the money for a king size bed. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I can't stretch out like I want to. 

I figured this would be a good time to update my Q&A:

How far along?: 21 weeks
How big is baby?: See above. ;)
Weight gain/loss?: 8 pounds at my appointment on Tuesday
Stretch marks?: Still none, though I have marks on my boobs that freak me out a little occasionally. I don't think they are stretch marks
Maternity clothes?: Yep. Most pre-preg shirts are out because they are too short and pants must be unbuttoned with the belly band or maternity!
Sleep?: Hit or miss
Food cravings?: Fruit! I'm loving strawberries. I think I'm craving naturally sweet things.
Gender?: Everyone says boy right now...
Movement?: All the time! He's a little wiggle worm. 
Belly button?: Still an innie, but getting shallower by the week.
What are you looking forward to this week?: I already got what I was looking forward to: an ultrasound!

Speaking of ultrasounds... we got to see our baby again this week!

I have kind of mixed feelings about our ultrasound for a variety of reasons. First, I'll update on the baby. He's measuring right on track! All of the organs, etc. are looking great. It's such a relief to know that he's doing well in there. There was a moment that scared me a little when the Dr. said that we need to come in for a repeat ultrasound in April. Apparently, there are cysts on his brain. She said these are very common and 98% of the time they resolve themselves, but she just wants to make sure that does indeed happen. She said not be worried, so I'm not. Well, trying not to be. I won't deny that it pops into my head and the what-if's start going, but she didn't seem worried and I don't have any gut feelings that I should be worried to. So, I'm just going to rest in the fact that we are growing a healthy baby!

My other disappointment came from the ultrasound in general. I'm almost tempted to call and complain about our ultrasound tech, but I think a lot of this may just be hormones with a bit of selfishness mixed in. We were SO EXCITED about our ultrasound and got to the office really early. We were called back and she started everything. She said she was going to go through and take some measurements and then give us some pictures. She did her thing for about a half and hour not saying ANYTHING. So, finally I started asking questions, you know? What am I looking at? I could get an idea, but occasionally I wasn't sure and wanted to know. Then she yelled at me! She told me not to talk to her because I was causing her to lose concentration and she couldn't remember which measurements she had gotten and still needed to get. I was a little taken aback. So, I shut-up. Then she spent about 5 minutes trying to get a profile shot, printed it off, and sent us on our way. I don't know, I was just really disappointed and felt like I walked out of there without really having gotten any time to connect with my baby? Does that make sense? I mean, I was really wanting to interact with him and get to know him and without her to talk to me and give us some quality time I felt like I was just staring at a screen for no reason. I mean, I knew we were looking at our baby, but, I don't know. I'm disappointed.

On a happier note, Rob finally got to feel the baby move!! He was so excited!

Also, I've got some updates on some posts in the works. More to come soon!