*RockStar is the size of a banana (6.5″ head to bottom, 10″ head to heel, weighing in at 10.5 oz). Wow, wow, wow. I hadn’t really thought about the fact that the size measurements are only from head to bottom (butt) in the first half of pregnancy, so to realize the kiddo is actually 10″ long now head to heel… wow!!
*I still don’t feel regular movement, but the other night I was poking my belly and could make the kid kick back, which I thought was pretty awesome. My husband, on the other hand, thought it was a bit sadistic. Quit poking the baby! 🙂 The u/s tech told me today that I have an anterior placenta running up the middle/right of my belly, so I’ll probably feel steady movement a bit later than most.
*I weighed in at 167.5″ this morning (up 1# from last week, up 6.5# overall). The midwife said to expect to gain an average of 1#/week the rest of this pregnancy, which would put me right around the 25-30# gain mark. My belly measured at 19 weeks, which was just fine. They look for the number to be within 3cm of the week I’m in.
*The u/s was super duper cool. It was amazing to watch her measure everything from the fluid in the brain to the size of the kidneys. She told me multiple times that our kiddo couldn’t have posed any better for the pictures…I said s/he gets that from her Mommy’s side. 🙂 It would have been easy to find out the gender because of the way RockStar was positioned, but we held strong and didn’t find out. Yikes!! 20 more weeks until we know now.
*Rockstar measured at 20w4d overall, so they’re fine with keeping my due date the same (not surprising, since we know the moment of insemination!). His/her heartbeat was about 150 this time (it was in the 160s at 14w and 17w). They said it’s normal for heartbeats to get slower as the baby grows.
Without further ado, here are a few pics of our little RockStar!!!
*Also, thank you for all of your support for Beeker’s Mom. Everyone in the ALI community knows that this is such a hard journey that we all go through to become parents, and the support of others who can empathize is so helpful.
*Thank you also for the prayers for my CO friend with endo who found out last week that she’s pregnant again (after one, and probably two early m/c). She had her first u/s on Tuesday and all was good – 1 gestational sac with a HB of 105bpm, measuring 6w2d (3 days ahead). She and her husband are cautiously optimistic that this one will stick!