Saturday, January 19, 2008

a bell pepper???

I haven't posted an update on our little baby bean in a couple of weeks. I am currently 18 weeks along. I don't know where the time goes. I had my appointment with the midwives last week and it went really quick and well. I have lost a total of 22 pounds, which I was told is a little too much and if it hasn't gone up or stayed the same at my next appointment (in 2 weeks) I will have to start a food journal and go in for weekly weigh-ins. UGH! I got to hear the heartbeat!! David missed it, unfortunately. He had come with and Graycen was with as well and she was getting antsy waiting for the midwife to come in so he took her out to the waiting room. I was sad that he didn't get to hear. He said it's OK because he's not missing the ultrasound. My mom is going to come over and watch Graycen on the morning of our ultrasound so David can be there and take it all in. We have decided that we are going to find out the sex of the baby. After lots and lots of thinking and consideration we have decided - yes! I was realizing that I don't know what the experience of finding out is like and getting to know. I want that feeling (that is, if they can tell!) I may update again next week but not quite sure since our ultrasound will be the week after that and that is my 20 week mark as well. Who knows. The next time there is an update on this one might be when we know if they are a he or a she!!

Here's what tells me for week 18:
Head to bottom, your baby is approximately 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and she weighs almost 7 ounces. She's busy flexing her arms and legs — movements that you'll likely start noticing more and more. Her blood vessels are visible through her thin skin and her ears are now in position and stand out from her head. Myelin (a protective covering) is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and Fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If your baby is a boy, his genitals are noticeable, though he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.


Emilie said...

It's a lot tougher going to prenatal appointments when you already have a baby, isn't it? With Daniel, Steve came with me to every single appointment, and it felt like we were having this baby together. With this one, he helps by staying home with Daniel while I go on my own. Daniel does NOT do well if he comes with me (or even if Steve brings him along). He doesn't like seeing me up on that big table, for some reason. (Don't even get me started about taking him to the chiropractor's office with me, which I've had to do a few times - talk about stressful!)

Anyway ... I'm guessing your weight loss was due to morning sickness? If that's the case, I hope you'll be able to put it back on quickly now that you're at this stage. Good luck!

Missy said...

Wow - time is flying! Do you have a Coldstone Creamery near you? That will help you gain some weight. That stuff is amazing :)

Anonymous said...

Please promise me that you will call us collect if need be and let us know the sex of the baby.. before you post it on the blog.... OK... love you, your old Ma