Argh, these seem to be getting later and later in the week, haha. I’m sorry. Anyway, this is 6 months!! Very exciting! This week I had 3 appointments, 2 of which I’ll mention this time, and one I’ll mention next week.
Tuesday, I had my GI appointment for my icky bowel stuff – I still haven’t heard on the stool sample I gave to the ob/gyn, but the GI told me he assumed it would come back normal and that he thinks my issue is a combination of my lack of gall bladder plus all of the sugar-free stuff I’ve been eating lately to cut back on sugar. Unfortunately that stuff has artificial sweeteners in it and those tend to have a laxative effect if you eat enough of it (fantastic!). So, he gave me a list of stuff to avoid (more foods to avoid, despite everyone telling me, “Oh, but make sure you eat lots! More calories!!”) and told me to just use Imodium as needed, but otherwise he’s not worried since there was never any fever (infection) or blood (any kind of digestive disease). So that’s good. I’m happy enough with that. Plus, I’m pretty much better (just in time for the appointment, naturally).
I also had my 24 week appointment with the ob/gyn and that went pretty well. We met another new doctor, Dr. Miles. He’s a guy, but he’s friendly and I feel fairly comfortable with him (the first ob/gyn I ever went to was a guy and I hated him), but Chris didn’t like him as much as the other doctors we’ve met so far. He said he doesn’t seem as experienced, but I don’t know. He was able to answer my questions and when he said he joined the practice a month ago, I’m not sure that he actually meant he just started working as an ob/gyn a month ago – I took it to mean that he just started with this practice a month ago. I was told 2 months ago they had just hired 2 doctors, Dr. Miles and Dr. Clark, and Dr. Clark had worked somewhere else previously, so maybe Dr. Miles did too. But I did have a brief internal exam, so maybe Chris just didn’t like a guy performing that on me. Anyway, the heart rate was 152 and the internal exam showed that my cervix is quite closed and thick, which is exactly as it should be, so for the most part everything looks good. I did mention the little deal Dr. Clark suggested last month, leaving out the whole “can we just see the gender” thing, but instead focusing on my lack of weight gain, which was the proposed “fudge” reason for having an ultrasound, and actually Dr. Miles agreed that it’s probably a good idea to just check on the baby’s size. Unfortunately, they couldn’t fit me in that day because the ultrasound tech had already left for the day (I had a late appointment), so I was bummed, but I’m going in next Friday. Honestly, I’m expecting everything to look right on track – baby’s kicks have been getting stronger and my belly’s getting a bit bigger, so I’m fairly certain babet is growing just fine. But, it’ll be nice to verify anyway.
Plus it’ll give us a chance to verify the baby’s gender. Yup, that’s right. We now know. I will give no hints right now, but I’ll just briefly mention today’s appointment – we went to a 3D ultrasound place and got some cool pictures of babet’s face and the tech was 100% sure of the gender. So, I’ll reveal that next week – I’m saving it as a surprise to reveal at the shower this weekend. 🙂 I’ll talk more about the session in detail next time (and post some pictures), but another plus was that we definitely saw chubby cheeks, so that supports my suspicion that babet is growing just fine.
Gah, I totally forgot to take a picture this week. Since we’re traveling tomorrow, and I want to get this posted before we leave, I’ll just take a picture next week. Sorry!
How Far Along: 24 weeks!
Baby’s Size: Baby is the size of an ear of corn and weighs about 1 lb, 4 oz.
Maternity Clothes: Yup.
Best Moment this week: Since the 3d ultrasound was technically 25 weeks, that doesn’t count. My favorite moment of this week was Chris’s birthday and the sweet conversation we had at dinner where he told me how excited he is. 🙂 It totally made me cry. I’m tearing up now, haha.
Gender: We didn’t know during week 24, and I’ll leave it at that for now.
Movement: Yup! Getting stronger, too.
Food Craving: Pizza.
What I miss: My hips not hurting.
Sleep: Same old issues as last week.
Belly Button: Still firmly an innie. I’m starting to have a bit of hope that it may not pop, but that’s probably misguided. With my luck, I’ll suddenly put on 80 pounds in the last trimester.
What I am looking forward to: Baby shower this weekend with our families!