Wednesday, March 17, 2010

13 weeks: Welcome to the Second Trimester

     So, I was a little off on my due date, only by 2 days but I am still confused. Our first sonogram the due date reads at the bottom the 21st on one picture and teh 22nd, because of how she was measuring the baby. I originally thought it was the 19th. No big deal, just a few days but today I wanted to double check and she said the 20th. This is a date I'd never heard but it is closest to my original date which I am pretty sure, like 100%, based on time of conception due to certain events that I remember, that the 19th is the due date. Anyway, what is one day? Everyone knows babies don't come on their due date anyway, right? Which brings me to another thought. I know when I say this I will get a lot of laughs, I already have, especially from my doctor who sees hundreds of pregnant ladies daily. After I told her what I am about to share with you (Oh, the suspense) she jotted it on her traveling little computer screen and said, "I won't put a 'tee-hee' after it." So, I would like the baby to be 12 days late. I know, I know, I know. Crazy. No 9 month along pregnant lady is going to wish that on herself. They are so ready to get the big ole baby out and start the process of having their own body back. But, the reason being is that I get 12 weeks maternity leave. If I have the baby 12 days late, on October 2nd which also happens to be Blake's birthday, then it will put me through Christmas week. If I have the baby on the due date I'll go back right before Christmas week and I don't want to leave my baby at day care for the first time on Christmas week. I don't care if it's a short week or not, I just don't want to. So, we will all be laughing at me come September and I know I will get a lot of reminders, "But, you said you wanted the baby to be late!!" I can hear everyone now. ;)

I am 13.5 weeks and still chuggin' along. We had a doctor's appointment today and got to hear the sweet heartbeat.  Now, I'm sure you've heard the old wives tale where if the baby's heart is beating fast you're havinga  girl and if it's beating slow you're having a boy. ANything above 140 is considered a girl. So, our baby's heartbeat was 150. Just slightly above the 140 mark. I go back and forth daily and sometimes I really think I'm having a boy and other times I think I'm really having a girl. I'm also ok with either. I want a boy and a girl and I don't care what order. The second baby is the one I'll be antsy about finding out about...are we having another ______ or a ______? So, I'm going to follow up this blog with various old wives tales that show I'm having a boy and a girl. Haha. We will see which is more correct come September, or hopefully October. I know, feel free to laugh! :)

So, this is what baby is up to this week from babycenter.com: 
"As you enter your second trimester, your baby is growing quickly--and you will be able to hear his heartbeat at your next doctor's visit! (We did today!!)
Your baby is ramping up his growth rate. Your baby's organs, now fully formed, will mature during this trimester in preparation for life after birth. You still supply his oxygen through your bloodstream, but your baby will exercise his lungs and work his chest muscles. His kidneys are getting some practice too, and the amniotic fluid now contains fetal urine. The placenta is working alongside your baby, producing hormones and red blood cells.
His skin is becoming more waterproof. His heartbeat will start slowing down, but it will be strong enough for you to hear during your prenatal visit. His brain is continuing to grow. In fact everything will start growing so fast this month that your baby will almost double in length by the end of the 2nd trimester. Grow, baby, grow!"
P.S. Baby is the size of a peach! :)


Until next time,

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