Friday, April 29, 2005

23 Weeks and Counting!

Well, we had our 23-week doctor's appointment last night and all is well with Baby B. Our doctor (Dr. Doah) went over our ultrasound results with us and said everything looks great, and there are absolutely no developmental abnormalities. Praise God! Even though the ultrasound technician pretty much told us the same thing, it's always nice to be reassured.

In fact, that's one of the qualities we like most about our OB -- he is very reassuring and knows that expectant parents want to hear that their baby is doing great as much as possible. For instance, when we were listening to the heartbeat last night (Jeff's favorite part -- he glows every time!), the heart rate kept going up and down. Jeff and I were a little confused, but Dr. D smiled and said that's actually a good sign. It means that the baby is really active. Just like a grown human, the baby's heart races when it is active and slows down when it rests. You can imagine our, um, surprise to find out that our baby likes to wiggle. (Our parents will quickly recognize the sarcasm in this sentence...) Jeff and I aren't ones to sit still -- although I'm definitely a little slower these days! :o)

Nothing else too exciting happened at the appointment, except for that we will now see the doctor every 3 weeks (instead of 4), which means I will definitely meet the other practicing doctor, Dr. F. Anyway, we've never met him in person, but he is actually the doctor that I spoke with during our "emergency" at 13 weeks, so I already know I like him. Still, it'll be nice to meet him in person just in case he's on call when Baby B. arrives.

We also decided to deliver for sure at Palos Hospital. The next step will be signing up for pre-natal classes. I'm going to hopefully get that scheduled in the coming weeks. Basically, this will be our "Parenting 101" course, and it will also allow us to tour the maternity ward, which will be comforting to me (always the planner!). One of the great things about Palos (besides the location) is that you stay in the room you deliver in -- there's no moving around.

Well, next week we will hit the 6-month mark, which is amazing to me. A half of a year seems so long, yet there's still 16 weeks left. Jeff and I aren't sure how much bigger this belly can get, but I guess that's where God comes in. In terms of physics, it just doesn't seem possible! :o)

I guess that's enough for now, but I'll be posting some updated belly pix over the weekend. Hopefully I can figure out this new photo program that will allow me to do a spread of my 5 to 23 week "progress." We'll see how patient I am!

Speaking of patience, pray that I am able to make it through a long night tonight. Jeff and I are sponsoring our youth group's lock-in, which usually involves little to no sleep. We'll see how long I last!

Love you all!

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