Week 19 (September 16 – 23)
Esitmated Due Date: February 8th, 2013
Symptoms: Not a whole lot has changed here, though I am feeling lots more movement!
Body Changes: Nothing too drastic has changed here.
Cravings: Sour, salty, carbs. And cheese. You can never have enough cheese.
High Point: So two really huge and exciting things happened this week: First, we had our anatomy scan down in the Big City. Everything check out great. I had to have a fetal echocardiogram as my OB thought it would be the prudent thing to do as I have a heart murmur, something that was passed down to me from my mum and I’ve likely passed it down to E. Just being prudent. Anyhow, the baby’s heart and everything else looked really great. The only thing I wasn’t thrilled about is that they want me back in December to check growth progress. I don’t really want to make the trip ALL the way back down there again and am sort of wishing I could just do it locally, but such is life.
The other great part about this week? We had our gender reveal party! Now, we had originally hoped to find out the gender with everyone else, but because our appointment for the anatomy scan was on a Tuesday and the party wasn’t until the following Saturday, I was considering just finding out on Tuesday. I couldn’t wait all that time! Well, it didn’t really end up mattering what I was planning, because when the ultrasound tech went to go look at “the goods” it was really obvious that we were having…
I was so pleased! While I am hoping we’re not going to be officially done with babies after this little guy (I’m pushing for three, but I’m not sure how the hubs feels on that front), it’s nice to know we’re going to at least have one of each. I was genuinely torn on whether or not I wanted a boy or a girl this time around (where as with E., I knew I was going to have and desperately wanted a little girl). Part of me would have loved another little girl (I also loved the name we had picked, Sofia Rose). There is something really special and fun about little girls that I’ve really cherished with E. I’d love to have that again.
Plus, I would have loved to not buy any clothes.
That said, I will admit that some of my favorite kiddos to work with at work are the boys. I know we’re not supposed to have favorites, and I guess I really don’t, but…there is something really fun and just extremely funny about boys at all ages, and I’ve had the benefit of working with boys ranging from kindergarten all they way up to seniors in high school. I almost always just like them. And while I totally don’t want to raise a mama’s boy, I think there is something really special in the bond between a mother and her son, or at least that’s what the books and movies tell me.
Also, as old fashioned and sort of silly as this sounds, I was really happy to give my husband a son. He would have been happy with a girl, but you couldn’t deny that big grin on his face when we saw that we were having a little boy.
Low Point: This week was about a thousand times better than last week. Everything went really well.
What I did to prepare this week: As soon as I found out we were having a boy I started go through the bags and bags and bags and bags of clothes we had from E. to see if I had anything that would be boy appropriate. While we did have some stuff, I only ended up being able to fill a tub with clothes for 0-6 months and then a filled half a trash bag with clothes 9 months and up (maybe topping out at 24 months). Maybe my view of what’s normal to have for clothes is skewed because I literally have about ten bags of clothes for E. that only go up to 2T (and she’s in 4-5T now), but I feel like we don’t have quite enough in terms of clothes. As I mentioned in my yesterday, this is freaking me out a bit.
Paranoid Moment: The folks at the doctor’s office where I had my ultrasound had to say something that I would pick out amongst all the, “The baby looks great!” comments. They said he was low in my pelvis, making it a wee bit difficult to get certain pictures. I, briefly, took this to mean that there was something wrong, but was reassured by several sources that everything is just fine.
What’s going on “in there”: The folks at BabyCenter say: “Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks, he’s measured from head to toe.)
He’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you’ll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).”