20 Week Ultrasound

20 Weeks

20 Weeks

And it’s a…good looking baby with 20 weeks left to bake!  Bill and I had the 20 week ultrasound today and decided not to find out the gender of the baby.  Everything went well – the baby measures exactly to date (as opposed to Lilly who was always a week behind) and everything is developing as it should be.  Getting to the ultrasound this morning was a bit of a challenge.  I was up all night with a stomach bug and felt just awful this morning, so Bill had to physically help me get dressed and get into the car.  I started feeling a little bit better once we were in the doctors office and made it through the appointment just fine (it couldn’t be rescheduled for several weeks). 

We are VERY excited for the ‘surprise’ that awaits us!

23 Weeks

MangoBeginning this week I am much more sensitive to motion.  I can feel mom move and even dance!  I am 11 inches long and weigh just over a pound – about the same as a large mango (un mango).  Mom and dad are starting to see me jiggle around underneath mom’s clothes and the sounds that my increasingy keen ears pick up are preparing me for entry into the outside world.

Today mom had her monthly check-up.  Because the ultrasounds have consistently measured one week early, Dr. Wolanski pushed the working due date back to July 17th.  Either way I am expected to make my first appearance in about 17 weeks!

Baby Girl Gray at 22 Weeks

The ultrasound facility gave us these (and 60 other) images on a CD.  We also have a video of the entire thing.

Thinking Pink

It's a Girl!Today Bill and I went in for our 22-week ultrasound and got the news we have been waiting for:  We’re having a baby girl!  We were both overjoyed and spent about 40 minutes with the ultrasound technician and doctor checking her out from head-to-toe on the 3D ultrasound.  We saw the hippocampus, blood pumping through the four ventricles of the heart, the femur bone and everything in between.  We even have a video of the whole thing!  Our little girl was upside down and breech – she was all folded up and practically kicking herself in the face with her feet when we first saw her (we are already calling her Yoga Baby)!

Within the first few minutes of the ultrasound the technician told us we were looking at the legs and bottom of our baby.  She then pointed to something that seemed to be sticking out from between the legs, asked us if we wanted to know the gender (yes!), and said calmly, “do you know what that is?”  Bill and I both immediately thought penis and were surprised when she told us we were staring at the labia!

A Beating Heart

Bill and I had our monthly doctor visit on Friday.  We could not be happier with Dr. Wolanski – too bad he probably won’t be the one delivering our baby!

During the visit we heard the baby’s heartbeat for the first time:  a healthy 135 bpm!  We tried to hear it with the doppler several weeks ago but it was too early, and the volume was not on during the last ultrasound we had.  What an amazing sound…

Dr. Wolanski assured me (for the fourth time) that in my case there is no reason to worry about weight gain.  He told me to expect a total weight gain between 16 and 22 pounds due to my size and build, and not to worry about tracking my weight (which I have been doing every morning) as long as I am eating the right foods.  He also said that I might not ‘show’ for awhile because of my long torso.  This is slightly frustrating for me because I’m ready to show the world that, yes indeed, I’M PREGNANT!!!  🙂

Coming Up:

  • Movement:  I have indeed felt the baby move but this sensation will get stronger and more obvious every day.  In a few weeks Bill should be able to feel the baby!
  • 22 week ultrasound scheduled for March 5th (Boy or Girl?)

My First Photo

9 Week Ultrasound

9 Week Ultrasound

Here I am at 9 weeks.  You can see the arm and leg buds – I still have a lot of growing to do!