Monday, December 5, 2011

20-week ultrasound - Month 5

week 20
You're at the halfway mark — congratulations! 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. (The way your baby is measured changes now.) 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 (although some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery). 

We are halfway!!!!!!!!! I am so excited!!! Better yet, Karl and I have the ultrasound today at 3:45 and it's FRIDAY!!! EVEN better, my parents and Karl's parents are coming to see Baby K too!!! My mom never had an ultrasound when she was pregnant with us and was never able to see us in action in her womb, so I thought this would be pretty fun for her.

I just can't wait to see Baby K. I feel him/her kicking around like crazy lately and I just want to see what's going on there.

(back writing on Monday, Dec. 5)

The ultrasound wasn't down at 3:45.
I know.

You should've felt my heart drop, or at least heard it... I almost cried when the woman at the front desk told me that they didn't have us down.
Here we were, totally excited, and both sets of parents were in the room waiting, and we were told...."sorry, you're not down."   

Say what!??!?! But, I told myself that we'd still get the ultrasound and maybe this just had to be this way. So we rescheduled for 8 p.m. that night. I grabbed my $5 Target gift card from St. Francis for all the scheduling mishap and instead we went to Dangerfields for Happy Hour and dinner. Then Karl and my mom did some wine tasting by the house and we were off to the hospital again. This time the place was dead - we were the last appointment of the day. I suppose this worked out in our benefit because the tech worked on me extra hard and spent over an hour getting pictures, video and 3-D pics.

But low and behold...darn Baby K wouldn't turn for us, so the tech made me get up and empty my bladder and then she made me flip on my side, turn over, back on my back, she tilted me upside down and then she moved the little Doppler thing over and around my belly trying to get Baby K to move!!!
Then...get this...little adorable Baby K yawned for us, like we were boring him/her.
video


The tech (Sam) said Baby K was the most stubborn baby she's had in a long time. Greeeaaat. Does this mean Baby K is going to be a May baby instead or something? Aries or Taurus? Oh boy, oh boy!
But finally....FINALLY Baby K moved and Sam was able to get a full on view of his/her adorable healthy face and he/she SMILED!!!!! He/she looks perfect with his/her 138 beats per minute healthy-looking, strong heart. And Sam said she knew immediately what we're having, but she didn't spill like we had asked her not to. She was good. Both grandpas were waiting to find out what the gender was, and I'm pretty sure my dad was willing to pay her off to find out!!! Not a word!

April 16th it is! In the meantime, check out this little cutie pie in action (the best video is too large to upload). I can't WAIT to meet him/her!!!! I personally think baby is a he.... :)
  

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