Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Week 21

We went to the follow-up U/S and even though it took about 30 minutes of rolling over on my side, poking and drinking sugary drinks, Baby finally, at the very last minute, turned around so that the U/S tech could get a good view of his little baby heart. She said it looked good. I was literally 2 minutes from being sent downstairs to the fetal EKG unit. That made me nervous. His estimated weight was 14 oz and his due date had been moved to 12/30/09. Maybe I'll get my 2009 baby after all...

Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for hydration and nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies are most interested in tastes they've already experienced through amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you want your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Week 20

We went to our Anatomical Ultrasound and found out that Its a.......

BOY!!! I can't believe it! To be honest, Big Guy couldn't either. I had all my money on it being a girl. Wow. I was the first one to spot the boy "turtle" that we saw on the screen versus the girl "hamburger" that I was prepared for. Of course, in the weeks before this ultrasound, I gave myself a crash course on detecting gender and other anatomical details on an ultrasound by perusing hundreds of pictures online. Crazy, I know. I told you over-information. All the time.

Me: Oh my! I see a turtle! Its a boy!
Big Guy: *quietly says* Holy sh!t! *runs fingers through his hair and leans back in chair - wide-eyed - in utter amazement*
Me: I can't believe its a boy. I'm so happy.*tears*

Outside of ultrasound room:
Big Guy: YES! *kneels on one knee and gives a hardy Tiger Woods fist pump*
Me: *side eye*

It really was a great day for the both of us. I wanted a report of a healthy baby and Big Guy wanted the same AND wanted to know the gender. We both got what we wanted. He even videotaped me outside the hospital (no video cameras allowed inside without permit). Its very sweet of him to remember my desire to document this process in pictures. He's a sweetheart. I'm glad he's my babydaddy. And husband of course!

We spent the entire ride to work calling our siblings and parents to share the news.

That night, to celebrate, we ate dinner at a German restaurant. I picked one in Midtown since it was a bit late by the time he finished at the gym and our Queens favorite would be closed. The food at this place was terrible. Big Guy said everything tasted like a pickle had been stirred around in it. His description was dead on and it made me laugh until I was holding my stomach. Too much vinegar. Too much dill. We still had a good time recounting our morning. That's what really counts.

I forgot to mention - the baby was turned with his front facing my spine for most of the U/S session so we were told to return for a follow-up U/S so they could get a good view. The technician immediately told me not to worry, that this was standard when the baby was in an unfavorable position, but of course I was worried anyway. Big Guy had to reassure me more than once that I need not worry. We have another scheduled for next week.

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, speaking of the diaper situation... baby's genitals are now fully formed!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Week 19

I had my blood drawn for the second screen "quad screen" drawn this week. Of course, I'll be calling to pester them for the results just as soon as the waiting time is over.

Update: The test results were good. I know I'm a pain-in-the-pants but I actually expected a more scientific response from the nurse who read the results. Hello! Would it kill you to give me the statistical data so I can worry myself sick with the numbers? kthanks.

Oh, I almost forgot! I applied for A Baby Story but since Baby is due outside of their production schedule, it looks like our little sweetheart will have to wait a little longer to make his/her debut on the silver screen.

Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil and dead skin cells (eww) now coats baby's skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might actually get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Week 18

The Big Guy is getting so excited about finding out the little one's gender. I'd really like for it to be a surprise. Since I've been told by two psychics that it would be a girl, I feel like I already know the answer. He wants a boy and I just want a surprise. I've decided that I'll find out when he does though because I could never stand to live with him knowing that he knows the baby's gender and I don't. I'm a grown-up that way :)

Your fetus has become amazingly mobile (at least compared to you), passing the hours yawning, hiccuping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking and swallowing. And, baby's finally big enough that you'll be able to feel those movements soon.
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