Thursday, August 23, 2012

Almost 23 weeks

We had our repeat Level 2 ultrasound this morning. Well, I did - my husband ended up being out of town on a last-minute business trip.

Everything looked normal. It was a different doctor (the same one who did my NT scan, but different from the one who did the Level 2 at 20 weeks) and she said everything looked normal. Based on the other doctor seeing something, she is recommending a third trimester ultrasound just to check in, and also suggested I could do bloodwork for CMV, parvo and toxiplasmosis just to rule out some other reasons why the bowel could have been 'somewhat echogenic' in the 20 week ultrasound. It's also possible, though unlikely, that when I had the bleed between 13 and 14 weeks that the baby swallowed a bit of the blood, which would show up as brighter.

She's a great doctor - really approachable and knowledgeable - the total opposite of the woman who did the 20 week ultrasound. This one even gave me her cell phone number in case I had more questions.

All the growth stuff is right on track. He's 1 pound, 4 oz. now, and right at the 50th percentile for size. He's measuring about 1-2 days ahead.

Not ideal that my husband couldn't make it, but I'm very thankful I got to call him with good news.

Usually he's really sleepy in the mornings and I don't feel him much. Well I guess the ultrasound probe being pushed around my belly woke him up because he was very active. It was the first time I could watch him move on screen and feel him move in my belly - really cool.

He's also a future gymnast or yoga instructor - check this out:

I didn't rotate it deliberately - he's head down, and during the ultrasound, folded himself in half. About 2 minutes earlier, his legs weren't in that position. Amazing!

I had my first unprovoked 'stranger' comment on my pregnancy today - my butcher said 'oh, by the way, congratulations!' while wrapping up my meat. Hee! I definitely notice lots of people looking at my belly, but I think most people are tactful (or have learned to be tactful) enough to not comment without being told I'm pregnant.

Every afternoon/evening, if I lie on the couch, I can watch my belly move around. Sometimes it ripples, which looks really strange. I'm hoping my husband can hear the heartbeat soon - I forget which site mentioned that should be possible. I'd like for him to have his special connection to the baby since it's the one thing I can't experience that he may be able to. He loves having his hand on my belly while we watch TV or a movie and is always surprised by how constant the movement is.

It's still surreal that I'm pregnant, and *this* pregnant. My baby shower is only about 6 weeks away (admittedly it's early - I gave a range of dates to the two women who are hosting it, and the one that worked best was the earliest), and we start taking classes in 4 weeks (first one is a CPR class).

I feel great, and have only gained about 8 pounds since the BFP. Sleep is sometimes ok, sometimes rough. I usually sleep well until I have to get up to pee, and then sometimes fall right back asleep and sometimes toss and turn. The only other weird symptom I've had is that the inside of my belly button was weirdly squishy the other night. I'm guessing the baby must have been putting pressure on it in some weird angle. Oh, and my uterus definitely goes above my belly button now because I'm feeling kicks above it.

We also finally announced on Facebook that we're expecting. Got lots of great notes, including a few from people who shared they'd also dealt with infertility while trying to have kids. (I'm open about infertility on FB, and was in the status update wherein we announced the pregnancy.)

Ordered the crib and dresser and light for the nursery. Already have the rug. About to order the glider once the fabric swatches I requested arrive. So crazy!

I found a doula (who isn't pregnant - the first two I tried to hire are pregnant and not taking clients). Feeling productive. :) And our next OB appointment is next week (currently they're every 4 weeks - they'll start being every 2 weeks in late October).


  1. You're doing great!! Isn't it amazing how flexible they are in there?

  2. That's a really nice forward fold. Bravo, little man! I'm glad things are going well for you. Feeling and seeing all that belly movement is so special.

  3. that's paschimotanasana! Your baby IS a yoga instructor. And still so young.
    It's great to read your updates. You sound really happy. I'm glad all is going well with the pregnancy.

  4. Aww your lil guy is so talented!! I am so excited for you and your husband :) If you get your hands on a stethoscope you can use it to hear the baby's heartbear :) It's really neat!!


  5. So glad that everything looks good at the ultrasound. What a cool pic!!!

  6. Seriously cool pic!! So glad to read you and baby are doing well. Hang in there!! You're over half way there...