The Cupcake is kicking! Well, she''s probably been kicking for several weeks, but today Jen felt a real, honest-to-goodness kick from our little one. Topher can''t yet it feel it from the outside, but we''re sure it''s only a matter of time before this kid gets too big for her cozy little house.
Today Jennifer had her anatomy ultrasound, otherwise known as the "big" ultrasound. A technician and a physician both took several images of Cupcake''s heart, brain, kidneys, stomach, bladder, and various bones and other structures. The verdict? She''s perfect! The negative penta screen combined with the clear ultrasound puts Cupcake''s risk of having the previously mentioned genetic anomalies at less than 1 in 10,000.
Unfortunately, Cupcake was being very modest. Also, neither the technician or the physician was especially friendly, so they weren''t willing to take the time to allow Cupcake to overcome her shyness so that they could verify her gender as female. While both stated that they "suspected" she was a girl, they couldn''t get a clear enough picture to be sure. But we know she''s a girl!
Today we received the results of Jen''s penta screen blood test . . . screen negative for Down syndrome, Trisomy 18, and neural tube defects. YAY! On Friday, May 4th, we will be having our medical ultrasound to confirm the screen results, and to confirm our little one''s female gender. An update will follow!
It''s a girl!!! Today we had a 2D/3D/4D ultrasound done while visiting relatives in Tampa, FL. Although Jennifer is only 15 weeks and 3 days along, the sonographer was able to definitively tell us that we are expecting a daughter! She is already a big girl; according to measurements such as femur length, abdominal circumference, head circumference, and biparietal diameter, she is the size of a baby at 16 weeks 1 day gestation! That''s nearly a week ahead of schedule. Her femur length alone puts her in the 82nd percentile! She must take after Mommy. We have our medical ultrasound on May 4th, at which time we will learn more specifics about the health and size of the baby. As of now everything appears to be perfect. We will also be able to reconfirm that she is, in fact, a she!
We''re in the second trimester! Today was our 14 week appointment! All was well, as expected. The heart beat at this visit was 143 BPM. When Jennifer asked the doctor if it was normal that the heart beat was so much slower than at our visit 4 weeks ago, the doctor said it was a sign that the baby was developing at a normal rate. So much for the old wives'' tale of heart beat predicting gender!
Speaking of gender, we should know whether our little one has need of a tiara or a baseball cap in just eight short (or long, depending on how you look at it) days! We are having a 3D/4D ultrasound done during our Florida vacation. Not to worry, we will post all pertinent information upon our return to the frigid north!
Today our new nephew, and our little one''s cousin, was born! Dawson William White entered the world at 1:31 p.m. weighing 7 lbs. 12 oz. He joins big brother Haden who is almost 15 months old! We are super excited to be going to see the White clan in Tampa, Florida, in two weeks!
Today was our 10 week appointment, our first OB appointment! There are four doctors in the practice who deliver babies. All are women and all have similar philosophies on childbirth. Jennifer will meet with her doctor for the majority of the appointments, but the doctor on call the day she goes into labor will be the doctor who delivers our baby. So, we will get the opportunity to meet all the doctors in the practice before our little one arrives.
In other news, we heard the heart beat for the first time at our appointment! It was loud and strong at 167 beats per minute!
Our 14 week appointment is scheduled for April 5, and our 18 week appointment is scheduled for May 4. On May 4 we will also have our full fetal scan, which will tell us many things, one of which is the gender of the baby! That is, if the baby cooperates and doesn''t cross his/her legs.
Today we had our second ultrasound, and we were able to see our baby''s heart beating! It was truly unbelievable! The heart was beating 180 times per minute, which is normal for this stage of pregnancy. You can see a photo in the ultrasound album, but the quality is not so good as the first ultrasound photo. If you look closely you will see two yellow arrow points. The arrow on the far right is pointing at the baby''s head, and the arrow and the far left is pointing at the baby''s bottom. You can also see one foot sticking up in the air.
Based on the last ultrasound the gestational age is 8.4 weeks. However, the size of the baby suggested 8.7 weeks. This is a very small discrepancy, but if the trend continues, the baby will be a big one! However, this is to be expected, since big babies run in the family.
Jennifer has her nursing consult on March 2nd and her first OB appointment is on March 7th. We will let you know how the appointments go!
Morning sickness has officially arrived! This morning Jennifer threw up for the first time. Ah, a momentous occasion. In all seriousness, Jennifer has been feeling nauseated pretty much all day, although it is definitely worse in the morning. Hopefully the first trimester will pass quickly and smoothly, and this will soon be a distant memory.
We had our first ultrasound today! Jennifer is 5 weeks and 4 days pregnant, and the baby is officially due on October 6th! The ultrasound showed a gestational sac, and within that a yolk sac. The yolk sac is what nourishes the baby until the placenta develops. Our next ultrasound will be on February 27th, and at that point we should expect to see a fetus and a heart beat. You can see the ultrasound picture in the album titled "Ultrasounds." Appropriate, no?
The second hCG measure was done today, and the number was (drumroll, please) . . . 1361!!! That is a great number! The number more than doubled since Monday, though not quite tripled. This is a very reassuring increase. Our first ultrasound is scheduled for one week from today, on February 7th. This ultrasound is simply to confirm that the pregnancy is in the uterus, and we will not be able to see an embryo or a heart beat.
Today Jennifer went for a pregnancy blood test. This was to quantitatively measure the level of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). The number was 492, which is VERY positive! Jennifer will go back on Wednesday morning for another test. The level of hCG should increase by at least 66% within 48 hours if the pregnancy is normal and viable. In reality we would really like to see the level double within that time frame. Keep us in your prayers!