In case you missed it on Instagram or The Facebook, we’re having a little boy! We are so excited and can’t wait to meet our little man this December!
We had our 20 week anatomy scan ultrasound on Monday, and let me tell you, it was intense. I was nervous all day at work and couldn’t focus. Leading up to our appointment, I had read stories on a pregnancy forum of women who were all excited to go to their 20 week scans so they could find out the sex of the baby only to find out there was something wrong with the baby, or even worse, the baby no longer had a heartbeat. I know these kind of stories are few and far in between, but the possibility of getting some kind of bad news weighed on the back of my mind for the days leading up to our own appointment. I wouldn’t be content until I saw our little one’s heartbeat on the ultrasound and got the test results saying everything was A-OK.
To add to the intensity of the appointment, our ultrasound tech was so serious and quiet the whole time– totally different from our ultrasound tech from our 14 week NT scan appointment who was very chatty, silly, and quirky. As soon as she started the scan, I just wanted her to tell me she could see a heartbeat, but nothing! Just deafening silence which made me nervous to the point where tears started welling in my eyes. After about 10 minutes, I finally asked, “Is the baby moving around a lot?” to which she answered, “Yes, it doesn’t want to sit still.” OK, phew, baby is alive and kicking at least.
Almost an hour later, she finally finished taking all the pictures she needed for the doctor, told us we’re having a boy, and printed out some sonogram pics for us to take home. She would not, however, tell us the results of the scan; we would have to wait until our 20 week check up appointment on Wednesday to go over those with the doctor. That was a little disconcerting to hear, but we decided to not let that ruin our excitement of knowing the sex of our baby, so we headed to Cheesecake Factory (the place where we had our first date) after our appointment to celebrate over dinner.
Wednesday finally came when we were greeted with good news at our 20 week check-up appointment. “Everything looks great. The baby is measuring right where it should and everything looks normal. All the testing is done. Now all the baby has to do is grow!” the midwife told us. I was so happy to hear these results, I cried again. (Thanks, pregnancy hormones!) I left that appointment feeling like I was on Cloud 9.
Some final quick updates on this week:
- I’m halfway through my pregnancy and I have gained 12 pounds. I don’t love this number, but I’m not mad at it either. My goal for my pregnancy weight gain is to not exceed 30 pounds, so I think this is feasible (unless I lose all self control with food during my third trimester/the holiday season). Ever since my food aversions have gone away and I’ve been able to eat healthier, I’ve noticed my weight gain has slowed down a little. Now all I need to do is, you know, START EXERCISING.
- I’m anxious to start feeling Baby M kick soon. I have an anterior placenta, so I was told I probably wouldn’t start feeling kicks until 21 weeks. I thought I might have felt some kicks on Tuesday night when I was lying on the couch, but it’s so hard to know for sure when I have no idea what I’m looking for!
- Now that we know we’re having a boy, let the shopping and nursery decorating begin! On Wednesday after our appointment, I ordered some cute onesies from Etsy that
ChrisBaby M is going to love. As for the nursery, it’s going to be travel/around-the-world themed! Honestly, I would have picked this theme even if we were having a girl. (I’ve never seen a travel-themed nursery for a girl. Crazy!) Chris and I both love to travel, plus our relationship started out as long-distance, so this theme just seems so fitting for our little family.
For the first time since I’ve been pregnant, I finally feel like I can truly start enjoying my pregnancy. I don’t feel sick and tired anymore. My appetite is back to normal and even increasing. I look pregnant and I love my little bump. I can start baby shower planning and nursery shopping. And most importantly, I know my son is thriving. Pregnancy is feeling good right about now, and I am so, so grateful to have made it this far.