Week 21 – It’s a Boy!

August 23, 2013

it is a boyWe did another u/s since the last one didn’t tell us what gender our baby is. This time we went to another hospital for the u/s and they have a totally different policy in terms of checking gender for the baby – this hospital will check the gender for your as soon as they are able to; however, the u/s tech is not allowed to tell you the result. Instead, they will write the result in the u/s report and you have to see your referral doctor to know the result. Therefore, during the u/s, the tech tried not to show us the gender. How can he do that? Well, he just very briefly glanced the image and it took him only 2-3 seconds. He careful checked everything else such as heart, brain, bladders of the baby and explained us the details, but not the gender. At the end of the u/s, we saw him quickly scan a couple of seconds and I noticed that something looks like baby boy’s penis between legs. So I said “it’s a boy!”. The tech had no reaction.

We have a wait for a few days later to see my doctor to get the result. It really drive me crazy! Why do they make thing so difficult? We were curious to know weather we are having a boy or girl so that we can pick a name and prepare stuff for the baby. We are happy with either boy or girl.

So this Thursday August 22 I went to see my doctor – In the u/s report, it said “fetus appear to be male” but “sex determination by u/s may not be accurate”. The u/s tech only took  2 seconds to check the gender and he might not see it very clearly? Maybe all the reports will read like that? Who knows. But based on Dr. Google, u/s is pretty accurate in terms of check baby’s gender. So I think we are having a boy! 🙂

Week 20 – I felt the baby movement

August 20, 2013

Today is 20 Weeks 4 days and I think I finally felt the baby movement. It felt like bowel movement. At first I thought it might be just gas but the movement continue and getting stronger and more consistent. I was sure that’s from baby dancing in my uterus! Ever since I felt that type of movement, it repeats again many times during the day and night. Especially at night after I went to bed. I used to feel surreal … but now with baby’s development and movement, I am feeling more comfortable and it feels more like a real pregnancy.  I start to show – my belly is getting more obvious… can’t hide it anymore.

Timeline of Baby Movement

August 17, 2013

I started to feel some sensation or some movement in my belly area that I’ve never had before since week15. But I am not sure if it’s baby’s movement. It might be my stomach? So I googled again and below is what I got.

Timeline of Baby Movement

Here is a guide to your baby’s possible movements.

  • Week 12: Your baby should start to move, but you probably won’t be able to feel anything, because the baby is still so small.
  • Week 16: Some pregnant women will start to feel tiny butterfly-like flutters. The feeling might just be gas, or it might be the baby moving.
  • Week 20: By this point in your baby’s development, you may start to really feel your baby’s first movements, called “quickening.”
  • Week 24: The baby’s movements are starting to become more established. You might also begin to feel slight twitches as your baby hiccups.
  • Week 28: Your baby is moving often now. Some of the kicks and jabs may take your breath away.
  • Week 36: Your uterus is getting crowded as the baby grows, and movements should slow down a bit.

Week 19 – Detailed Ultrasound

August 10, 2013

Today is 19 weeks 1 day. We did our detailed u/s (anatomy ultrasound) at the hospital. I heard from other people that their detailed u/s was very long, some even 2 hours, because the baby was moving all the time. So I asked u/s tech if it might take a long time. She said no it will only take 15 minutes. She was right we only spent about 20 minutes in the u/s room. Everything is perfect – she mainly checked the heart beat (141 bpm), kidneys, bladder, limbs, spine, face, etc.

One big thing we were expecting was our baby’s gender – we were curious about it. However, u/s tech said it is the hospital’s policy that she can only check the gender if it’s over 20 weeks. Damn, our OB said we should be able to know the gender today – obviously he didn’t know this policy. How can he know that? Anyway, we will do another u/s in 2 weeks to find out if we are having a boy or girl.

The u/s was at 7:30am – we got up so early this morning that I felt so tired. Plus, the u/s tech pushed my belly so heard that I felt sore. I was feeling so tired the whole day afterwards.

Week 18 – Difficult Sleeping at Night

August 2, 2013

Good news – I noticed that my allergies are getting better, mainly because the grass pollens are going away gradually.  I can go to my garden at the farm to take care my vegetables without feeling terrible any more.

I continue my daily walking. It’s about 1.5 km long but it will take me about 40 minutes. There is a long hill where I need to take a few breaks when I am coming back up hill. I like this route since there are trees along the street and I can walk under the shade in sunny hot days.

What bother me most now is the sleeping at night – I don’t feel good in any position, left side, right side or on my back. I have to change sleeping position constantly. Obviously my sleeping quality is too good. Plus I still go pee every 2-3 hours at night.

My belly starts to show, especially when I wear tight shirts. It becomes easier to get full than first trimester. I think I eat about same amount of food each day but my weight gain is way less than first 3 month, which makes me worried about the baby’s growth. I almost haven’t gain any weight in the last 4 or 5 weeks. Is it normal?