.....................is .... a..........BOY!!!!!! He was not shy to reveal his gender. He was also very active and didn't want to cooperate with the ultrasound tech so she could get the measurements that she needed. She explained how she had to check for holes in the heart, but everything looked great with that. She let us hear his heart beat too :) She explained that she was also checking his other vital organs and they were all fine, she even said how the arteries that feed into the baby from the umbilical cord were all there and normal.... etc etc. But when she needed to measure his head he did not want to stop doing head stands so she took a picture and then had me get up and go pee and walk around trying to get him to move out of the right side of the womb which he was tucked in :)
The ultrasound tech explained to me that my uterus had righted itself and was no longer tilted backwards. She said my left ovary was the one that gave the egg, and both ovaries looked normal. The ultrasound lasted about 45min -1 hour. It was so much fun! Joe and I just smiled and laughed at how much our little baby moved and jumped. He even sucked his thumb, which he gets from my husband and not me ;) ha ha. I didn't cry but my one eye kept watering. I was so happy, I wanted to stay in that room all day and watch my son! We were on cloud 9 for days and still are really! Oh and I also was told that I finally gained weight. My 1st appointment at 8 wks said I was 114 lbs, then I dropped to 112.5 lbs by 12 wks, then at 16 weeks I was back to 114 lbs. So I was shocked to hear at my 20 weeks ultrasound appointment that I had gained 7 lbs and was up to 121 lbs! I have never seen that number in my life! Ha ha ha ha. I know it is necessary but it still seemed to be a bit of a shock! But I guess to get that far and only gain a few lbs is nothing to be shocked about. During this week I did throw up twice, but the nice thing is that when I throw up I feel better afterwards, instead of continuing to feel sick all day!
Some people find the 3D/4D ultrasound pictures a bit weird and creepy. But you have to know how to look at them. For one, you need to remember that baby is only 13 oz and maybe 7 inches long. You also have to keep in mind that they have lots of shadows on the baby's body, and that can make things look lumpy and or detached. But fear not baby has two arms and 2 legs, and 10 fingers and 10 toes. Baby's eyes are still fused shut at this point too, and baby does not have any fat on his body. We think that our baby has his Dad's smile and my nose. Although some people tell me he looks like me, I think he looks more like my husband! I already know he takes after his daddy with his strength, because his kicks make my legs spasm sometimes and make me jump!
I think these pictures of me at 20 weeks show that I have gained weight not just in my stomach obviously but also in my hips! Oh well such is life, and I guess most people say I can't complain because some people gain a lot more than I have so far. However, it is normal to see all the changes that my body is going through, and its normal to hope that my body will go back to how it was. I also know that it is possible if you work hard at it, but I also know some people's bodies bounce back quicker/easier than others. Although it probably doesn't help that I am wearing leggings! HA ha ahaSo far though so good. Pregnancy isn't always easy but I know some people experience it in worse ways than I have. I am just thankful for my healthy, strong, growing son! I am thankful for a happy and loving husband and father to be! I am thankful that my lung health has been stable. I am also thankful for loving and supportive family and friends :) I have many, many things to Thank the Lord for!!!