I can’t believe it, but there’s only 18 weeks left in this pregnancy! Unless, of course, the baby comes early like Daniel, in which case I could have between 13 – 15 weeks left! Eep! Not to mention this little guy is still measuring about 4 – 6 days ahead of schedule. Yep – I have a feeling I will be having a Halloween baby, after all!
Last week we had our 20 week scan, which involved heading to the high risk doctor. Unfortunately, Mark wasn’t able to make it, so I had to trek across Orlando on my own and worry myself silly with no support system. But THANKFULLY, everything was totally perfect on the scan!
I don’t have any great ultrasound photos, but I did manage to get the whole thing recorded on DVD so that Mark could see it after all. Annoyingly, he still hasn’t watched it. Hrumph.
Anyway, the baby looks GREAT. He’s measuring well, no signs of any abnormalities at this point and no soft markers for Down syndrome or anything else. After the hell that was Daniel’s 20 week scan, this one was a breath of fresh air. His heart, brain, and courage (?) were all perfect.
The only slight concern they had (and it is minor) is that I have a low-lying anterior placenta. Meaning that my placenta is at the FRONT of my belly and down low enough that it could (but probably won’t) block my cervix and cause problems with delivery. Thankfully, though, everything else is good.
The sonographer asked if I’d felt the baby move yet, and I was happy to report that I’d been feeling his little kicks and prods for WEEKS. She was shocked, as apparently with an anterior placenta, most women can’t feel a thing for AGES. She said that most women get really worried as it takes until the baby is super strong and big before they can penetrate through the placenta. I explained that all my babies have been little future footballers and kick harder than normal. Hehe.
The other potential issue with an anterior placenta is that as the pregnancy progresses, it will be harder and harder to get a good look at the baby on ultrasound. There’s only so much they can do to get a good shot when he’s bigger and all pressed up against it. She suggested that if I wanted to get a 3D ultrasound at any point, I should make sure not to do it much past 28 weeks. So I have taken that to heart.
So as far as everything else goes, I have been doing okay. I’ve been under a LOT of stress lately because of our impending move across the country, and as such I think my hormones have been in full gear. There has been a LOT of crying, screaming and even one instances of jumping into a swimming pool fully clothed and beating the water with my fists while screaming my head off. Yes, I am Queen Sane.
My appetite has been quite off this last week or two, as well, with strong cravings for things but no real desire to eat it. It’s strange. My early aversion to coffee has righted itself, though, and I’ve spent a fortune on Starbucks the last two weeks. Woops. In all, I’ve gained about 12 lbs so far. I traditionally gain most of my weight at the tail end of the pregnancy, and I kind of expect that this will be the one where I gain TONS. With Daniel, I only gained 14 lbs overall! I already have noticed that my ass has expanded HUGELY.
The biggest pain (literally!) I’ve been dealing with is that my back has become a real problem. I threw it out a week ago, and I couldn’t move for nearly 2 days, having to stay in bed and let Mark deal with things. Luckily it was a Friday, so it didn’t impact his work at all. But ever since then, I’ve had several instances of severe back pain, and I’ve had to take it easier than I’d like. With a whole lot of packing left to do, this has been infuriating. But the baby comes first, right?
Not much else going on, thankfully. The kids (well, Dexter) have named the baby already, and I actually kind of like what they came up with. It’ll be interesting to see if we stick with it. It’s definitely better than earlier efforts when Dexter dubbed him “Dinosaurs.” For now, we’re going ahead and calling the bump by Dexter’s chosen name, and we’ll figure it out later.
I still can’t believe I’m so far into this pregnancy. It feels like it’s gone on FOREVER, but also no time at all!