Tuesday, November 14, 2006

20 weeks: The Half-Way Point


WOW. Never in a million years did I imagine how awesome it would be to be able to say "I'm 20 weeks Pregnant!". Simply amazing to me. I still am in awe. And I'm still nervous some days, so having the fetal doppler has been wonderful when my anxiety gets the best of me.
CJ and my coworker, Mary, like to make fun of my hiccups. I tend to make the goofiest sounding hiccups all day long, out of nowhere. I wonder if its Keifer hiccuping and I'm expressing them for him/her or if its MY body? Hmmm.
I am loving and craving orange juice (ice cold) and grape juice again lately. This AM I had 2 huge glasses of OJ and tonight, now, I'm having 2 more small ones before bed. I LOVE the taste of it as I drink it fast. I tend to be more thirsty at night.
I've also been playing a variety of my eclectic music for Keifer in the car. Whenever I'm driving anywhere, I try to play a variety of types of music, from country to rock, to pop, to R&B, to alternative, to disco. This AM, it was Simon and Garfunkel's "America" from my "Almost Famous" soundtrack, and I ended our car ride with the Bee Gee's "You Should be Dancing" (*yeah*). LOL. If anything, I hope to dance with my Keif everyday.

Babycenter.com tells me: Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom, and about 10 inches from head to heel. (For the first 20 weeks, we use measurements taken from the top of the baby's head to her bottom known as the "crown to rump" measurement. After that, we use measurements from head to toe. This is because a baby's legs are curled up against her torso during the first half of pregnancy and are very hard to measure.)A greasy white substance called vernix caseosa coats her entire body to protect her skin during its long submersion in amniotic fluid. (This slick coating also eases the journey down the birth canal.)Your baby is swallowing more, which is good practice for her digestive system. She's also producing meconium, a black, sticky substance that's the result of cell loss, digestive secretion, and swallowed amniotic fluid. This meconium will accumulate in her bowels, and you'll see it in her first messy diaper (although a few babies pass it in utero or during delivery).Note: Every baby develops a little differently even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing: You've made it to the halfway mark Congratulations! The top of your uterus is at the level of your belly button now, and you've likely gained about 10 pounds. Expect to gain an average of about another pound each week from now on.

Tomorrow is our big ultrasound checkup. I'm praying for good results and a clear shot of the private area! LOL. Keifer, I am so excited!

2 comments:

BabyChase06 said...

Carrie,
I just wanted to thank you for posting your story here. I have been on the TTC6Mos+ board for several months and I am exploring the option of a donor egg and I am sitting here crying reading about your success. It's inspirational and gives me much hope!
Jen

Piccinigirl said...

I am so excited to find out if Keifer is a girl or boy I am about ready to bust!!!
GOOD LUCK today!!!

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