"Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for hydration and nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies are most interested in tastes they've already experienced through amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you want your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch."How far along? 21 weeks (and 1 day)
Baby’s Size: A banana. This is the first week that baby is measured from head to foot, not head to rump. He/she is now 10.5" long and over half a pound!-- Actually at my perinatologist office the baby looked to be 13oz at that point, and that was a week ago. Already gonna be a chunker!
Total Weight Gain: I think at most a few pounds, it's weird!
Maternity Clothes: ugh...I pretty much HAVE to wear them now but normally about two days a week I will still try to get away with my normal work pants but it's really starting to hurt the tummy.
Gender: BOY! My son is not shy and will show any technician, doctor, or specialist his goods.
Movement: the baby hasn't been moving like crazy like Nolan did but as long as he is moving I'm okay with that for now. He really hates when I'm sitting down and bend some at my waste (like to get closer to the computer screen or closer to someone I'm talking to) and he will kick me continually until I move from that position.
Sleep: on the decline. I toss and turn throughout the night because my stomach can just not get comfortable and of course when I wake up on my back I freak out and have to quickly turn over. I now have to sleep with a pillow between my legs, under my belly, and in between my hands.
Symptoms: Not much, I get hungry like crazy but not much else...my back has been hurting some but that's fine.
Best Moments this week: Getting the definite negative results of any trisomy and learning that the baby's odds of trisomy 18 is 1:100,000 (yay!!). my spina bifida test was also negative. Now I just have to wait for the rest of the amnio results!
Food Aversions: chicken nuggets
Food Cravings: popsicles, duh.
What I miss: what i miss? I never get this question. What do i miss about not being pregnant or what do I miss about life...what's going on with this question? i miss uninterupted sleep. not to mention the sleep loss from the baby but Nolan is starting to wake up in the middle of the night, he apparently does everything backwards.
What I am Looking forward to: going back to see the specialist in two weeks and my OB (who called me Monday and called me hunny and told me I was in his prayers and he thinks about me often)...anyways I'm excited for some more answers with another sono, even though that holds the possibility of more bad news.
Milestones: Finally past the worry over Trisomy 13 and Trisomy 18, goodbye!