Saturday, April 12, 2014

baby alex: 20 weeks

we've reached the halfway point- woo hoo!



how far along: 20 weeks

how big is baby: the size of a banana (about 6.5 inches long head to bottom, or 10 inches from head to heel). he is so big now!

weight gain / loss: i guess i made up for that one pound increase last time by gaining 3 pounds this week. i finally broke 150 and am at 151.6 lbs. i've gained around 9 pounds total so far. definitely still in a healthy range.

symptoms: starting to deal with the whole "crap, i can no longer fit between the chair and the wall" and "damn it, bending over is not as easy as it once was" thing

cravings / aversions: i've been eating pb&j and grapes like it is nobody's business. but i'm completely turned off by anything carbonated.

movement: alex moves a lot these days, although it's usually after i eat. :-)

gender: boy

belly button: no change

sleep: i keep ending up on my back in the middle of the night, which makes me wake up a bit in the night. i'm still able to fall back asleep easily, but it's annoying nonetheless.

what i'm looking forward to: august!

what i miss: bending over comfortably. shaving my legs, painting my toenails, and feeding the dogs just isn't the same anymore.

highlights this past week: i had a sort of crazy appointment yesterday. i asked my doctor about their induction policy and she seemed surprised that i'd even ask. she said i'll almost definitely be induced because of the thrombocytopenia. she said that instead of preparing for an august 30 due date, i need to start preparing to be ready as early as august 1. we'll start doing weekly bloodwork around the end of july and if the perinatologist so much as sees my platelets trending downward, they'll induce right away. once they start trending downward, the huge dip in platelet count comes quickly. the huge dip would mean no epidural and possibly a c-section to prevent me from bleeding out. i feel like when you're pregnant, you prepare to be the exception to the rule if you have a baby between 36 and 39 weeks. yesterday i found out i'm now the rule and not the exception. at first that freaked me out, but now i'm excited to possibly meet our son even sooner!

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