20 Weeks-The Halfway Point

Yesterday was a pretty big day here for me and the mister, we had our 20 week ultrasound and got to see our little baby for about a hour.  Even though we decided that we’re not going to find out the sex until baby makes their grand debut into this world, I still thought it would be pretty awesome for my mom and my sister to come along for this appointment. 

I had pretty high expectations for this appointment, especially with the way baby’s been moving around in there, I thought for sure we’d see the baby in action.  When we got to our appointment, baby was sound asleep on his/her stomach and wouldn’t budge for anything.  We got a perfect view of the baby’s spine.  It looked absolutely perfect.  We also saw the baby’s little feet along with some bones, but that was about it.  The ultrasound tech got to see everything that she needed to see except for all four chambers of the heart and in order for the ultrasound to be complete, that was the one thing that she needed.  After shaking my stomach to get the baby to move, she had me lie on my side for awhile to see if the baby would change positions.  She came back about 10 minutes later to try again and no luck, baby didn’t move at all.  The tech had me lay on my right side so she could see a different angle of the baby.  With the way she had me laying, my back was facing the screen that everyone else got to see and I had no idea what was going on.  All of a sudden I hear everyone go, “Oh look at the baby!  Ohhh the baby’s waving!”  I craned my neck in such a weird way to see but I didn’t get to see much.  At this point I wanted to cry.  The tech still couldn’t get a good enough view of the heart, so she told us that we’ll have to come back in two weeks.

I was very disappointed even though I tried my hardest not to be since she said everything looked good and the baby looked healthy.  I was disappointed for a few reasons.  One being that the tech wasn’t the friendliest thing in the world.  I understand she see babies on a daily basis and does this for a living, but as a first time mom I would love it if you at least pretended to be excited and explained everything that you were showing to us.  Secondly, the baby was in some very cute positions and I would’ve loved to have had more pictures even if it was just of the baby’s foot.  There was a time when the baby was on the screen where you could clearly see baby was sleeping on its stomach with his/her feet tucked up underneath.  It was precious.

We were told to come back in two weeks, but it’s not going to work out with my work schedule, so hubs and I are just going to wait until we can get in with our new doctor in WI.   

What’s baby up to this week? The tech told us that baby weighs about 14 ounces right now, which is average.  According to The Bump, baby is about the size of a cantaloupe which is CRAZY to me!  That seems so big! Baby has working taste buds & is swallowing a lot of amniotic fluid right now.  Because the baby has taste buds, I’ve been trying to eat a lot more veggies and good for you food.

How I’m feeling?  Energy levels are still normal and I’m dealing with this week’s news surprisingly well.  As much as I hate moving, I can’t wait to get settled in and start “nesting” and getting the baby’s room ready.  I think my running days have come to an end.  I went for a jog yesterday and felt like I was going to pee my pants.  During the ultrasound, the tech saw the baby was right on top of my bladder so that makes sense.  This baby’s been hanging out pretty low so it’s been making things a little interesting over here so unless baby decides to shift, running will turn into walking and that’s okay with me.

Cravings: Ice cream! Chocolate shakes to be more specific.  Yes, I’ve always enjoyed ice cream, but I’m craving chocolate and chocolate ice cream like never before.  Pre-baby my shake choice would’ve been strawberry or vanilla.  I’ve never been much of a chocolate fan.  Chicken is safely back on my list of foods to eat.

Weight Gain: So far we’re at 13 pounds.

Guess on the Sex:  I have reason to believe that this baby is a girl.  One being at our 13 week ultrasound, there was a lot of jaw movement and there have been studies done that girls develop jaw movement at an earlier age than boys.  My mom says it’s because she’s getting ready to talk back 🙂 And also our 20 week ultrasound.  All week long I kept saying to LC, “I just want to lay on my stomach!”  We get to our appointment yesterday and guess who’s sound asleep on their stomach? Baby C!  It was almost like a “ha ha mom, look at me!”  Stubborn, just like mama 😉  Of course, we’ll be happy with whatever we get, just as long as baby is healthy but it’s been fun to speculate and get people’s guesses.

So far this pregnancy has been an amazing journey and I can’t believe that I’m halfway there.  At the end of the summer, we’ll have a new baby to add to our family and I can’t help but be overwhelmed with happiness.  I went to church with my sister on Sunday and couldn’t help but get emotional when thinking about how thankful I am that everything’s turning out for LC and me.  My heart is full ❤

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