Saturday, December 6, 2008

New Pics

Our baby is not modest.
We did some ultrasounding today with Kris & Nicole at the clinic, and Mark had to use some skillful maneuvering to avoid finding out the baby's sex. A lot has happened since the last time we got to see it - there's a very recognisable spine with individual little vertebrae and ribs attached to them, and the arms and legs have clear bones that we could see ... its head is looking a little less alien-like now, and we could see some of the major blood vessels leading off of the heart. Which is still beating nicely :)

This one's pretty self-explanatory ... and cute! The baby's kind of hiding behind placenta, but you can see its head and arm, and then there's a leg over on the left side poking out above the placenta.

I liked this one too ... it's curled on its left side, so
you can see the head on the right side of the picture with a little hand pulled up next to the head, and the legs are curled up and kind of crossed on the other side of the picture. You're looking down on the top
of the head, so the face is looking up towards the top left of the picture and you can see a bird's eye view of the nose, eye sockets and cheeks.

So I've been getting the weekly emails from that tell me about how the baby is growing and what things have developed during the last week ... this week it's gone from the size of an avocado to a 5-oz turnip (what an endearing visual...!):

I'm at the end of week 16, and I'm starting to feel some of the second trimester symptoms; none of my trousers button up any more, my ability to concentrate is fading, I'm getting spacey and forgetful (I was at Walmart the other day and walked from one end of the store to the other about 7 times because I kept forgeting things and losing track of what I was looking for ... and I had a list!!), and I wake up in the middle of the night to pee pretty much every night. On the plus side, I've been able to work out quasi-regularly and I'm not nearly as tired as I have been for the last several weeks. I'm supposed to be gaining a pound a week from now on, which I'm about on track for.
In other news ... we got our Christmas decorations out this week! It always takes me about a week to get everything out and looking the way I want it, but I think I'm happy now :) I'm (supposed to be) getting ready for finals week, which is rapidly approaching and seems to be preceeded by a week of pre-finals exams (??), so the next couple of weeks will probably be pretty busy. I'm just holding on for Christmas break ... I am so ready for it!!