I am 19 weeks today! The baby is about 6 inches long (half a foot, OMG), 8.5 ounces, and the size of a large tomato or mango.
We had our 18 week appointment last Wednesday and it went well. The baby’s heart sounded great and the doctor said it was moving around a lot. Very cool! We also had the second trimester screening (blood work) to check for spinal issues and that came back fine. Phew. Then we got to schedule our big anatomical scan which is now a week from today! I have been counting down the days because we will finally know the gender! So close I can feel it! Ahh!
I’ve had some bad back pain the past two days. My back has been aching for awhile now, but I woke up yesterday with severe pain and then again today so I called the nurse and they had me come in this morning. They said it could be a bladder infection or structural issue over the phone, but I had an exam and the nurse practitioner didn’t seem concerned. We heard the heartbeat again to check that the baby was okay so that was a relief. She said it’s normal because of weight gain. She suggested comfortable shoes, stretches, hot compress, and Tylenol. She also encouraged me to pick up my exercise pace again because my current exercise consists of 20 minute walks on occasion. She said I can gradually increase the intensity and time, and even encouraged me to work back up to running, but I’m going to hold off on the running until after the birth. I’m also hating this shortness of breath and become a bit more uncomfortable by the week. Yesterday at work, I had to get up and walk around for a couple of minutes because I felt stooped over at my desk and really short of breath.
My love for sausage biscuit breakfast sandwiches and red Gatorade is still going strong. Mmm. I also had a dream the other night that I was drinking grape pop so then I HAD to go get some the next day.
I THINK I have felt a few baby movements. I have been nagging my little nugget a lot by lying on my back, poking my belly, and even drinking orange juice. I think I got a few small kicks after the OJ the other day. The first time I thought I felt it was after dinner out one night last week when I felt a quick flutter in my stomach. Yesterday though, just minding my own business at my desk and not nagging the little one, I’m pretty sure I got a handful of kicks and twists! Apparently baby only wants to move on his/her own terms, not on mommy’s.
I came home to a lovely surprise in the mail yesterday: these knitted booties made by my grandma. One more week and we will know which ones we’ll be using in a few months and which ones we’ll be putting away for future use! We really can’t wait… it’s been a long few months waiting to find out the big news!
Next time I post, I will know the gender! We’ll be finding out next Tuesday, but due to mine and Jerry’s opposite work schedules, the next available night for us to do the big gender reveal will be next Saturday, so you all will have to wait a little bit longer! Any last minute guesses on which pair of boots we’ll be bringing baby home in in January?