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20 weeks

October 25, 2011

written 9/29/11

It’s a……..


Yes, our little monster is in fact a human specimen, but it’s a stubborn one at that.  He or she is not letting us in on the secret we’ve been dying to learn.  Is she a sweet little girl or is he a spunky little boy?  We don’t know.  Baby would not show us a thing!

Perhaps, he or she is modest and doesn’t care to lay spread eagle for all to see.  Or perhaps he or she overheard dad saying how he didn’t care what our baby was as long as he or she was healthy.  Whatever the case, baby must have been napping because it was not moving around much and was stubbornly poised with its legs perfectly crossed.

However, baby looks healthy, with a heart rate of 141, measuring right on spot (20 weeks, 2days) and weighing in at 13 oz.  The tech also let us know that fluid levels and everything else looked good and that the baby was already in a vertex (head down) position (perhaps practicing for the big day).

I’ll admit, I was expecting to see a lot more of our baby’s face during this A/S, but that’s not what they are meant for.  They checked every limb, the heart, internal organs, the spine–it was in fact a full anatomy scan.  The least of their concern is showing us baby’s face again, but we did get a few good glimpses of this beautiful little person growing inside of me.

The tech was even able to capture baby’s little button nose and sweet little mouth and it was quite exciting.  I think he or she might have my mouth and nose, but it’s hard to tell for sure.

We do go back in a couple of weeks for another ultrasound to get better pictures of the heart (they weren’t able to get them all) and to hopefully get a peek at whether we have a boy or girl.  We also need to have them check on the placenta and make sure it’s moving away from my cervix.

Right now, I have what I’m told is a low-lying placenta, it’s just 1.6 cm away from the cervix and the comfort zone is 3cm or greater.   The midwife doesn’t seem too concerned with it since the chances of it moving as the uterus grows are good (since we’re only 20 weeks).

The one bonus is that we get yet an other ultrasound at 28 weeks to check its movement.  In normal circumstances most women only get the standard 12 and 20 week scans.  So far we’ve already had more than the norm (because of my first trimester bleeding) at 6, 9, 12, and 20 and will now be getting extra ones at 23 and 28 weeks.  That’s a whole lot of extra baby viewing and is good for a worrier like myself.

I’m guessing and hoping that we’ll have better luck with the sex determination at our next visit.  It is scheduled in the afternoon when baby tends to be more active, but who knows maybe he or she will continue to be stubborn.  Maybe we’ll be forced to team green!    Both the hubs and grandma think this is a sign that baby is a girl since its legs were crossed.  Hubs is convinced that if baby had boy parts he would be ready to show them off.

Oh, and let’s not forget how my lack of compassion came back to bite me in the butt!  Remember how my husband was sick all of last week?  Well, after a week of avoidance I came down with the same horrible cold.  It was not fun.  AT ALL.  Sleeping had already become uncomfortable enough and a stuffed up, runny nose was not helping.

20 weeks, 3 days

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