How am I feeling? Pretty good! Still battling a bit of nausea when I don't eat the way my body wants me to. I've still got a bit of a sore throat and cough at least once a day (for the past FIVE WEEKS). My hair is still falling out as much as it was pre-pregnancy.
Emotionally, I'm still struggling with the way my pregnant body looks. I work hard every day to wear something that doesn't make my double belly obvious, but it stresses me out.
Weight thoughts: I gained 6 pounds in under 4 weeks between my two doctor appointments, which was frustrating, but not totally surprising. I've been hungry, not really worrying about what I'm eating, and eating to quell nausea. I've been trying to do better, but whenever I eat anything healthier (ie. with FIBER), I get extremely gassy and that gas really hurts. I was (and still am) craving salads, but end up paying for them later in the day most of the time.
Doctor appointments? We had our BIG u/s last Friday. I was feeling anxious about the appointment, afraid something was wrong with the baby. I knew I shouldn't be feeling as much movement as I did with Baby Girl because of my anterior placenta, but I still thought I should be feeling more than I was.
Before the doctor came in, The Hubby and I started discussing names. He got (pretend) angry, telling me that we need to wait to narrow down the name pool by about half. So then I told him I wanted to bet on the gender, since he was so convinced baby was a girl and I was so convinced baby was a boy. He said, "I don't like to bet because I don't like to lose" and I pointed out that if he loses the bet, he wins b/c he's getting a boy. He was okay at that point. I named the terms--person who won the bet gets to sleep in on Saturday morning. He named the time--8:45 a.m. I agreed that the loser even had to sleep with the baby monitor on their side of the bed.
Dr. S came in and we chatted for a few minutes. I told her I was anxious and just wanted to see that little heart beating, so she started there--she located the heart right away. It was, as always, a beautiful sound. The heartbeat was 152. I then told her we had a bet about the sex of the baby. She found "the goods" and turned the monitor to me and said, "Who was right?" I immediately confirmed that I was right. It was obvious to me that there was definitely a penis in there. The ultrasound wand shifted slightly and I wasn't quite as sure that I was right, but she confirmed--"Yep! A boy!" I asked if she would grant us the guarantee that a different OB/GYN did when she did our anatomy scan for Baby Girl--a wardrobe of the opposite sex if their determination is wrong. She said she doesn't make guarantees like that :)
I looked at The Hubby. He still looked confused, but I honestly think he was in shock. And I smiled. I grinned. I kept smiling while we looked at the parts of the brain, the four chambers of the heart, the humongous noggin (measuring at 20 weeks even though I was only 18w6d), the fingers, the toes, and everything in between. Baby had one hand up to his face and the other hand was touching his feet for most of the ultrasound. He was squiggling all over the place! Dr. S had some problems getting a good picture of the spine because Baby Boy was laying on his back at the very bottom of my uterus, facing up. Eventually, though, she could see and everything looked great there, too.
Before I knew it, the ultrasound was sadly over and The Hubby had hardly said anything the entire time. I asked Dr. S about my bloodwork results and all of them were good--all decreased odds for Downs, Tris.omy 18, and all the other things the quad screen checked for.
What a great appointment. The realism of having a boy sunk in a bit later that day and I wasn't *as* excited, but I'm still happy. I'm happy that Baby Boy is growing properly, healthy, and will be loved by SO many people (as many people as if he were a girl--I'm not saying it's just because he's a boy). And the fact that he's a boy could be fun, too :)
Maternity clothes? All day every day. I just went through my closet yesterday and moved all my "not going to wear until this baby is out of me" clothes to the back and made room for hanging up my maternity clothes. I am going to make a trip to JCPenney and maybe Destination Maternity soon to look for some maternity jeans and black dress pants. My jeans from last time just weren't comfortable and with some extra weight REALLY aren't going to work. My black dress pants were a little snug on the thigh. I found one other pair that I'm wearing today, but I don't love them, either.
Movement? I'm fairly confident that I'm feeling movement, but it's nothing like I remember with Baby Girl. Just before I began this post, though, I felt my strongest movements yet, so I'm hopeful that they'll really start increasing from here. I'm anxious to be feeling this baby more and more!
Baby preparation? Now that we know the gender, the first thing we're working on is a name! We don't have a boy's name that we love. We also need to discuss what we want to do in the nursery since the pink and brown decor won't really work so well. Yes, I *could* keep it, but want to do something a bit more neutral or boyish. I'm leaning toward animals--I saw an adorable duvet at Ikea that had a circus theme that could be cute. We'll see!
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