Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Baby # 3 Update: Week 15/16ish

I am happy to report that all is going well on the baby front. I am officially 16 weeks pregnant tomorrow (I think... these weeks are whizzing by and while I used to live and die by how far along I was in my first two pregnancies, I have to admit that I have lost track many times as to exactly how far along I am... just too much other info swirling around in my brain, I guess!)

I am happily in the second trimester and feel much, much better. I am now just hungry all the time and have to eat every few hours or my poor empty tummy aches with longing. I have been very careful with what I am eating, enjoying lots of fruit and veggies and healthy snacks, in an attempt to keep my weight in a good range. I am about even on the doctor's scale from where I started out- I lost two pounds my second visit and then gained two back today. I think this pregnancy looks more like Jenna's (smaller) but feels more like Michaela's (sicker).

I got to hear the baby's heartbeat, which is indeed one of the most beautiful sounds in the universe, and it was even and steady and strong. I did not ask what the heart rate was and the doctor did not offer that info. I asked for a refresher from my OB about anatomy because I couldn't figure out exactly where the baby was and what parts of me are starting to pop out. So he showed me where the top of my uterus was (whoo-hoo!) and said by 20 weeks it will be up by my belly button. I still am a little confused about what parts of my guts feel tight at the end of the day and what it is that is starting to "show" but I guess it's just my insides and my abdominal muscles doing what they are supposed to be doing. I am wearing my "ghetto-maternity jeans" today: my regular jeans with a rubber band through the buttonhole, keeping them from splaying open. I am not longer able to button anything anymore around my waist.

Now for the exciting part: mark your calendars for April 30th... that's when the famous FIND OUT THE SEX OF OUR BABY Ultrasound is!!!! Yes, in a mere three weeks we will be able to better envision this baby coming into our lives and nail down some specifics, like whether we can keep the nursery walls pink and green or switch over to a baseball theme which Dan has all planned out as well as smaller, minor details like what we are going to name it (we are 100% set on our girl name but only about 50% sure on a name for a boy). I am so excited to find out!!!! All of this just makes it seem more real somehow.

So, overall, it's a good report. I am hoping to post a baby-bump picture soon. (And I am working on the Disney vacation post, I promise!!!)


Anonymous said...

Glad things are going well for you. I am 35 weeks today....and go tomorrow for my next check up where they will do a non-stress test....I guess by me turning 35 last week I am now considered "higher risk" and they will be doing a non-stress test once a week until I deliver! I guess it is good that they take these precautions. Can't wait to find out what you are having....will you be telling people, or will we have to wait til Sept to find out? I will certainly keep you posted. Talk to you soon

Anonymous said...

You'd BETTER tell us what gender that sweet baby is.....there are some advantages to living in a high-tech world! Love, LW

Anonymous said...

Daddy and I STILL have not come down to earth from the news! Love, Mommy and Daddy

Mark, Carrie, and Luke Winterhoff said...

If you are still reading my comments, you will see that I am finally responding to all of your latest blog posts. Thank you for sharing this baby update! We have April 30th marked on our calendar and expect a blog post with the baby's sex shared within MINUTES of your return from the MD office! Good luck! Love, Carrie