Friday, November 18, 2011

Sonogram Pictures

Last Monday I had my one and only (most likely) sonogram appointment and we found out that it's a boy! We also found out that he has a functional set of kidneys, a four chambered heart, a well formed cerebellum, a fully closed spinal cord (thank you Cheerios for fortifying with Folic Acid when I was too sick to take my vitamins), two feet, two hands, and a teeny little peenie! Here are the first pictures ever taken of Augustine!

Side view-- note the lovely spinal cord : )

The a fore-mentioned "peenie" 
I am in full on boy mode now and there is no stopping me! What used to be really puny registries at Amazon and BabiesRUs are now chock full of little animal prints, blue, green, and brown things, and (my favorite) fuzzy little hats with ears!!!! Anyone who likes to be crafty or decorative or just loves babies, feel free to email me suggestions of things to add. I must admit my friend Emily has been the one to find almost all the cute things I have added thus far. Thanks, Emily!

The main new thing I have discovered about Augie since my last post is that whenever I sit still for a while he just won't stop moving, and whenever I am moving he is still. It is funny to get ready for bed every night and have a fiesta going on in my tummy. I just love it. It doesn't keep me awake for too long, but I would rather lay awake all night feeling him have his little Taekwondo sessions than sleep anyway.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Third Appointment at the Birthing Center!

Today I had an appointment at ABC and I showed up late! Eek! I am never late, but I thought the appointment was for 9:30 and it was actually for 9, so we had to rush through it a bit. Some good news it that I have gained 10 lbs, bringing me back to my pre-pregnancy weight. So, I am half way through this thing and have gained zero pounds. I was a little surprised by this, since my belly sticks out a bit now, but I suppose maybe I have always had a pot belly an was just to vain to recognize it. (joke?) Anyway, in the next 20 weeks if I can manage to only gain 30 lbs I will consider it all a success. I was never really too concerned with gaining pregnancy weight until it was pointed out to me that gaining excessive weight in pregnancy leads to higher birth weights and therefore birth complications (i.e. the baby gets stuck). Since I am trying to do this all natural, I would really like to avoid that at all costs. Here is to me keeping up my walking and yoga, and keeping my french fry gorging to minimum. Also, today my midwife felt around on my tummy after she did the Doppler and informed me that I am measuring well an that I am "at umbilicus", which means my uterus has grown up to my belly button. Yippee!

Current Stats:

How far along: 19 weeks
Weight gain: none, zip, nada, 0lbs
Cravings:  food. all of it. tacos and fruit are the best.
Sleep: creepy, insane, awful dreams and dreams about food.
Moods: Forrest says I have been more normal than before I was preg. (no PMS?)
Stretch Marks: not yet...
What I Miss: being able to rough house with people/my dogs/etc
Milestones: tons of kicking!
Looking Forward To: sonogram next week to tell the gender!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

So, this Monday I have my next appointment and I can't wait! Who would ever have thought a person could be so excited to see a medical professional? Also I am seriously excited for Christmas-- it seems my excitement is inversely proportional to the temperature outside.

Point of the post? I totally feel the baby kicking all the time now! The first few times I was in disbelief but it really feels like nothing I have ever felt. Earlier in my pregnancy I was told by several moms and read in several books that it would first feel like a "flutter". I literally never felt anything that I would describe as a flutter. It essentially went from nothing to full on kicks. Well, I suppose they would  be better described as pokes, since they are soft and don't hurt. What's weirder is that the first time I felt them it wasn't just in my belly, but rather I felt it with my hand. It was the night of game 7 for the Rangers and I just couldn't watch anymore so I went to lie down and had my hands resting on my tummy. All of a sudden I felt a "poke! poke!" on my right hand and immediately froze with disbelief. A few seconds later I felt the same thing but on the other hand and yelled for Forrest to come feel. Needless to say the baby has still never kicked while he was feeling for it, but hopefully someday soon. Since then I feel it all the time without my hand having to be there, but it is always equally thrilling.

Next post will be about the appointment, and then the week after....gender reveal!