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Monday, November 17, 2008

Baby Update -- Week 22, 18 Weeks to Go!

Wow! When I type out that post title, it makes everything hit home real hard! I can't believe I'm already past the halfway point and only have 4 months left. It's amazing to even think that in just 4 short months, I'll be holding my very first baby and falling in love all over again. :)

Oh, and for those who hadn't heard or read it yet....SURPRISE! I'm pregnant and expecting a wee one on March 23rd. It's posted all over this blog and my web site, but easy to miss if you're not looking for it.

Anyway, if you were around last year, you know on Mondays I posted weekly updates toward the countdown of my wedding last July. Well, I heard so many great comments and received so much feedback, I figured it'd be a great idea to do that for the Baby Countdown.

And as of week 22, here is the update:

We had our first ultrasound 1 week ago on the 10th. It went extremely well. Praise God! Did wonders for helping reassure me that all is well with the baby, the baby is growing great, and there really is a baby in there. LOL! I just started feeling movement that night and have been feeling flutters or bubbles every day since. Guess those sonar pulses from the sonogram jarred the baby into action....or at least heightened action that I can feel. :) Doc said I should definitely experience my first real kick before my next appt. on December 9th.

Let's see. All of the brain, bones, organs are growing great. Baby measured at 21 weeks, 1 day last week, so I'm right on target with original due date. Also weighs exactly 1 pound, is 8 inches crown to rump or about 12 inches head to toe. They couldn't get a suitable spine shot, as baby was turning and twisting throughout the whole thing. So, I'm going back on Dec. 9th for a follow-up to look at the spine, one vein to the heart and the kidneys. Baby kept hiding them. *winks*

That picture might be a little dark, but baby's head is over there to the left and there's an arm near the top with a hand touching the head. Guess baby is thinking about when to kick me next!

Other than that, we're doing great. I finally have a belly to show, at least a little bit and by Christmas, I'll "pop" to the point of no return and no more hiding. For now, I can still conceal it most times beneath baggy clothes. :)

Tune in next week for the latest. And if you want to receive an email each time I post an update, subscribe using the form over there at the top right.

Thanks for coming along this journey with me.

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Anonymous said...

Nice pic of the baby! It's a wonderful feeling getting that confirmation on the u/s that there really is someone in there ;)...and confirmation from the kicks! ;) I'll be looking forward to your future posts!


windycindy said...

How exciting! I am excited for you and your husband. Congratulations, again.....Cindi

Anonymous said...

What? The whole world gets to see pictures of my first grandchild before I do?? What's up with that?? LOL!

Can't wait to see you on Thursday!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I really miss feeling the movements - that was the best part of being pregnant!
I'm SOOOOO happy for you!! I think back to when we were talking every night and I had just had the last baby . . . things sure have changed! Love the ultrasound picture!
Have a great Thanksgiving . . .

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Yes, Jessica, it IS wonderful to know the baby is alive, kicking and well. :)

Thanks for the congrats, Cindi.

LOL! No, mom, the whole world only gets to see the blurry picture. You get to see the whole set on Thursday. :)

And wow! Laura! It IS a long time no chat. Sure do miss those times. How are your 5 young ones doing?

Pamela J said...

Perhaps that baby is thinking of ways to give you new ideas for more books.
I was so excited when I was having my first baby, I was stretching the front of my shirts across my tummy asking anyone interested if they see me getting bigger yet. You are right, there is a point of no returen and no more hiding. Before it was born, they wondered when I would ever have that baby! And he came six days early at that.
Pam Williams

Anonymous said...

congratulations! how exciting to be having your first :)