4 1/2 months.
Time sure flies when you have a baby growing inside of you. Yesterday marked 20 weeks and for me this seems to be the fun part from here on out. I have been feeling the baby move quite often now. Josh can’t feel it just yet, but I feel it several times a day, especially at night. Early on in my second trimester (right after 13 or 14 weeks) I had a lot of days where I felt nauseous and just not good. Then by around 18 weeks – that went away and I was just tired mostly. I’m still tired these days, and then have times usually once a day most days where I feel lightheaded and have to sit down. Other than that I feel pretty good…
Here’s a few new belly shots – first one is 18 weeks, second one is 20 weeks!
On June 24th (also our 4th anniversary!), right at 18 weeks, we went for our ultrasound where we hoped to get an idea of what we are having. The ultrasound was quick – we were in and out. Baby looked fantastic – healthy and measuring well. At that time baby weighed a whopping 7 ounces – which was in the 39 percentile – which is JUST fine by me. Myka was 6lb 12oz at birth and I am happy with another 6lb baby!
Everything measured well, the organs looked good, but due to baby’s position, we couldn’t get a good look at the baby’s heart chambers – or the “goods”. Baby had it’s legs AND ankles crossed – stubborn like it’s daddy already. So we go back at our next appointment on July 20th for our 22 week visit where we’ll have another ultrasound and hopefully get a look then.
Where I go, there are several OB/GYN doctors, and then three “Certified Nurse Midwives” – nurse practitioners who specialized in obstetrics. I saw the midwives with Myka and am seeing them this time around too. So far I had gained 8lbs (probably a little more by now), and she said that’s right on track – but I feel huge for only halfway! She also said when delivery time nears, they’ll have to keep an eye on me because I had a speedy labor with Myka for it being a first time – so this time around is bound to go faster.
On June 21st we have an appointment with a Pediatric Cardiologist who will take a closer look at baby’s heart by doing a fetal echocardiogram simply because there is a history on Josh’s side. But it’s always reassuring to take a closer look and make sure everything is looking good.
Here are a few pics of our ultrasound a few weeks ago, baby was 18 weeks – pictures 1 and 3 are side views, and picture 2 is the foot:
The other day, Josh was putting in for his hunting quotas for this coming fall, and he asked me “Hey babe? So like, whats a ballpark time frame of when the baby will be here. Like, is there a range?”
I said “Sometime between now and end of November!” Although of course we don’t want that time to be anytime soon – but it was my sarcastic way of saying I have NO earthly idea! Turns out there’s a hunt the first week of November he was wondering if he should put in for – well, I just told him that realistically probably sometime in the last 3 weeks of November but babies have a way of coming when they want to come.
Although, I also told my Dad that I’d try real hard to keep the baby in until at least November 21st when he gets back from a boat trip…
Here are a few facts about baby this week:
- Baby weights 10 1/2 – 11 ounces and is about 6 1/2 – 7 inches from head to bottom
- Baby is swallowing the amniotic fluid often, preparing it’s digestive system
- Baby can hear and recognize familiar voices, and can react to loud noises
- Fingernails and toenails are growing
- Hair is growing on the body such as on the scalp, and eyebrows
- Baby sleeps for 12-14 hours of the day