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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