30 December 2008

a most excellent adventure

I do love that my profile picture is cut off so you can only see part of my face. Oops. I should probably fix that but it's not a one-step process so screw it. I'll just pretend I'm being anonymous.

It's a mango this week. I'm not so crazy about mangoes because they make my lips itchy & swollen & they're pretty darn sweet but Marcel loves them so that's okay. And of course it reminds me of the lovely Mango character from SNL. Maybe I should steer this child away from show business ...

Week 19: Mango
You're halfway there! The top of your uterus now reaches your belly button and will grow about a centimetre per week. The fetus measures around 15 centimetres long from crown to rump and weighs about 240 grams. She has started to swallow amniotic fluid, and her kidneys continue to make urine. Hair on the scalp is sprouting.

Sensory development reaches its peak this week. The nerve cells serving each of the senses -- taste, smell, hearing, seeing, and touch -- are now developing in their specialised areas of the brain. Nerve cell production slows down as existing nerve cells grow larger and make more complex connections. If you're carrying a baby girl, she already has roughly six million eggs in her ovaries. By the time she's born, she'll have about one million.
You no doubt feel the kicking and somersaulting of your growing baby. At times, she may be so mobile that you can't sleep. The next ten weeks or so will be your baby's busiest and most active time, until the womb gets too crowded.

I went back to my doctor this week & all is good. I got to hear the baby's heartbeat, which is strong & chug-a-lugging along. I'm a little bit smaller than average for being 19 weeks but that's no big deal because my uterus is where it's supposed to be (as opposed to where?). And the ultrasound place called me because they have to move my appointment - I managed to get it two days earlier! So now I will know on Saturday, 10th January whether it's a boy or girl. That way I'll have the weekend to go crazy shopping!! Place your bets soon ...

Have apparently entered the indigestion point of the pregnancy as well so my night time snack is a couple of Tums to help me get to sleep. I'm a little worried now that Beyonce will be sashaying around in my belly more noticably soon (you do realise I would name a little girl Beyonce if Marcel would let me) - will I ever sleep peacefully again? If I don't get sleep, I turn into a dazed out psycho. It's not pretty.

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