19 Weeks

This has been a very busy and productive week. I am finished with the semester! Yay!  My FINAL semester starts January 11, and it ends in May.  Then I will be DONE with school and have my degree in Early Childhood Education!   The end of my last semester may be difficult for me because the baby is due in April, about a week before my class will end.  She may be born during finals.  A newborn and studying for finals will be a challenge, but I will handle it!  I am so close to being finished!

Faith and I are still feeling healthy :)  I’m so thankful for that.  Aaron is actually getting congested again, and has a cough.  It may be a new cold developing.  I hope if that’s the case, it will only last a few days!  We’ve had enough sickness for awhile.

I had my baby checkup and baby girl is doing fine!  She has a nice strong heartbeat!  As for the results on my own heartbeat, everything is fine.  The heart monitor I wore for 24 hours did show palpitations, but the results said, “unremarkable” which means the palpitations are nothing of significance and there’s no need to worry.  The cardiologist believes it’s due to dehydration and told me to drink lots of water and eat regularly.  Now that my nausea is almost gone, I can eat more regularly.  My palpitations have subsided.  I get only a couple a day now.  I also got the flu shot while I was there.  I really don’t want to deal with anymore sickness this winter.  A couple concerns I discussed with my doctor is that I’m having pain near my tailbone when I walk or move around.  It comes and goes, but when it’s acting up it’s very painful!  Also, my stomach feels very full all the time.  It’s like how I felt in the 3rd trimester once Faith was very big.  I’m feeling that way NOW and I’m only in the 2nd trimester.  Sometimes I feel like I can’t even take a deep breath because there’s no room for air! The doctor just said, “This stuff happens earlier and feels worse with a second pregnancy.”   My muscles aren’t in the same shape as they were before I was ever pregnant, so subsequent pregnancies are harder on the body.  Oh well :(   This will be my last pregnancy, so I will focus on my blessings and deal with the aches and pains.

My next baby checkup is December 21st and we will be having an ultrasound to check the anatomy of the baby!  I’m excited about that!  I think they will also do a 3D ultrasound!

19 weeks belly pic…  (Aaron made the sign this week :)  He ran out of room and couldn’t place the “s”… so he had to improvise lol. )

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What baby looks like at 19 weeks…

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Baby’s sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you. As for size, your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of an heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Your baby’s kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

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