Monday, December 12, 2011

24 Weeks and some Great News!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: Twenty-four weeks

Size of baby: Baby M is about a foot long and weighs 1 pound and 7 ounces.

Movement: Baby M kicks and wiggles at fairly predictable times of the day, now. I can feel a few thumps in the morning when I wake up, but not much. Baby M is most active between 10 and 2--thump-thump-kick-wiggle-squirm. Night time has also gotten to be pretty active. 

Heartbeat: 158

Fetal Development:

"Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon."
"Her see-through skin is gradually becoming more opaque, and it's got a new pink glow, thanks to the small capillaries that have recently formed."

Well, for those of you who don't know, we had quite a scare last week.  We went in last Thursday, December 1, for a routine ultrasound and check up.  The ultrasound revealed what the tech thought was an amniotic band.  The doctor told us that it was far away from the baby, and that nothing was attached.  She said she was not worried at all, and neither should we.  However, any time anything even slightly abnormal shows up on an ultrasound, she feels safer going with a specialist.  So off to Shreveport we went.

"About 70% of amniotic bands disappear on follow-up ultrasound, presumably due to rupture or compression. If there is no evidence of any abnormality, other than the amniotic band, at the time of the scan then there appears to be little risk to the baby. Other reassuring factors are normal fetal movement and the band not being attached to the baby. In this case they have been called 'innocent amniotic bands'."

Our appointment was on Tuesday, and it was great news!  Apparently, either the ultrasound tech didn't actually see a band (which is highly possible considering they are so rare), or we are lucky and blessed enough to have fallen in the 70%.  The doctor found absolutely no evidence of any band whatsoever

"I don't see anything but a healthy, active baby just tearin' it up in there!" -the doctor

Here are a couple of photos from this appointment.

That little hand is still right in "his" face, ha!  Although you can't see it in the photo, we were able to actually count five fingers on each hand :)
And, ten perfect little toes!

Here is Baby M's profile.
Gender: We still don't know!  Even after a detailed ultrasound with a specialist, we still don't know the sex of Baby M!  The doctor apologized in advance for possibly telling us.  He said he is known for accidentally ruining surprises, but he didn't for us!
*The nurse even asked us on the way out if he had spilled the beans to us.  We told her he didn't, and she said, "Good!  He is so bad about that!"  Ha!
I bet Bryan is wishing he had ;)

Gut feeling: My "boy feeling" is stronger than ever (and, no, I really didn't peak!), but Bryan is standing firm with girl.

Cravings: White gravy!!  I want chicken strips or chicken fried steak and white gravy all. the. time!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +5 pounds
With all the stress of the past week, I lost weight again, but after we left Shreveport, I felt as though I could eat everything in sight!  I also felt as though I needed to sleep for a week!
MaternityClothes: I am still wearing mostly regular clothes, although I have no clue how. I have two pairs of maternity jeans--one, I hate..and the other falls off, so I just wear my regular jeans.  I am mostly wearing regular shirts that are longer in length--that way they are long enough to cover this belly!
**I am carrying this baby high, which may be the reason I can still button my regular jeans. Apparently, Austyn was low...I could no longer force the button on my jeans together for her pregnancy at only nine weeks!

Sleep: Sleep has actually gotten better...for the moment :)

What I miss: Nothing really... I am falling into the "I love everything about my pregnancy" stage :)

-Morning sickness is still here, but she only visits in the morning. I know better than to try to eat breakfast...I just make up for it the rest of the day!
-Clumsy!! Boy, am I clumsy! I drop everything, I trip over my own feet, and I knock over any glass in my reach. Sheesh! I ran into a tent pole at Academy the other night, and at Subway, I turned to leave the register and ran into the post that makes the line...Oy. I was like this with Gannon, too, but had no sense of recovery. This time, I am able to save at least most of my spills.
-Vivid dreams! I know I have talked about these before, so I won't go into detail about all of them, just let me tell you...Wooo-eeee, there have been some doozies! Ha!
Leg cramps! Yuck :(

-Back/hip pain! This has actually gotten much better since I have been seeing the chiropractor. It isn't gone...but it is much better! My last appointment went great, and I am even able to stretch out my visits from two to three weeks!

Missing Feet-- I am having more trouble every day reaching my feet! Putting on my socks and shoes has become a real chore, ha!

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