Archive for January, 2006

21 Weeks Pregnant

Earlier this week, a sneak-peek at the baby via ultrasound determined that we are having a boy! We all had the feeling it was a boy and so were quite obviously excited about the confirmation. This little guy will be the 5th Daniel in our family (my father and his father are both Daniel; my husband and his father are also both Daniel). He will be named Daniel Lee Hanson III. Namesakes have become quite important in the Hanson family, and so our plans for all our children’s names include those of beloved family members.

The ultrasound showed Daniel to be progressing right on target. We were able to see all 4 chambers of his heart, the major blood vessels to his legs, his liver, kidneys, stomach, bladder, spine, etc. When we began the ultrasound, his stomach was empty, but by the end, the nutrients from my dinner had reached his stomach and it had contracted and had begun digesting them.

We’re now over the halfway hump. While the reality is exciting, the four-and-a-half months that lie ahead appear to have no end. I fantasize about holding the baby, cuddling him and having a 3-month “vacation” from work, only to be brought back to reality when day-by-day I feel over-tired and the housework never seems to be done. It seems that the days will drag on and on–especially as I grow bigger and become increasingly uncomfortable.

One of the ways I’ve been dealing with these feelings is by looking ahead to the markers on our calendar. Not only do I look forward and count down the days to our travels (a 3-day cruise to Mexico in February with Hanson Distributing Co., a 3- or 4-day trip to Boston in March for Dan’s birthday and a 5-day trip to San Antonio in April–a business trip for Dan) but I find myself looking forward to dentist appointments, midwife appointments, meetings at work, etc. Anything out-of-the-ordinary is cause for forward looking these days.

No stretch marks yet…

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19 Weeks Pregnant

The baby is really kicking now. I feel it more and more frequently. Dan felt it kick for the first (and only) time on Christmas night. The baby is the most active when I first wake up–which is usually when he’s in the shower–and right before I fall asleep. It’s still easiest to feel when I’m lying flat. I guess everything spreads out and the baby has less vertical space in which to maneuver.

When I saw Nkem (one of our midwives) the other day, she asked if I’d felt any Braxton-Hicks contractions yet (these are painless and most women get them starting at about 6 weeks–though most women don’t feel them until around the half-way point). When she described what it might feel like, I realized that I had not felt the baby rolling over, like I thought, but had felt my first contraction! Since then, I’ve felt about 5 of them over a 2-week period. Nkem told me it’s only a problem if I have four in one hour. So far, they’ve limited themselves to one per day about every other day.

Nkem also told me I had very low blood pressure. She said it’s nothing to worry about (she said she’d be worried if it didn’t dip), but that I need to take it easy. I get dizzy every once in a while which reminds me to sit down and relax. I find myself having much less energy than usual right now–preferring to sit around. Even with 8 or 9 hours of sleep, I still feel tired. My blood volume is about to surge, I guess, which will bring my blood pressure back up. I hope it brings my energy with it!

Getting dressed in the morning is often an ordeal. I only have about a week’s worth of (warm) maternity clothes, and I’m not very good at doing laundry so I have to get creative with my old clothes. It is surprising how few of my things still fit. I assumed that since most of my shirts were stretchy, they’d fit during pregnancy–but I didn’t take into account the stretchy band around the top of maternity pants that makes them comfortable. So my shirts are too short and my pants are way too small.

We have our last optional ultrasound on Monday (we’re hoping to determine the gender). If the pregnancy continues to go as smoothly as it has been, the next time we’ll see the baby is in person!

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