Bumpdate: Weeks 18 & 19

19 weeks and I still don't really feel pregnant.  Or look it, to a stranger on the street.  Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely not complaining.  The less I grow, the easier it will be to return to my pre-prego size.  And I'm all about not feeling pregnant while having to chase around a crazy, always-on-the-go toddler. But it's definitely different than I thought pregnancy #2 would be! 

Here's a "selfie" at 18 weeks & 6 days.  Is there really a 6-inch baby in there??

Today was our 19-week sonogram.  Because of Brantley's hydrocephalus, this was a level 2 ultrasound (a more in-depth, detailed look) at the hospital, with a specialist, instead of at our regular OB's office.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous going into it.  With pregnancy #1, I assumed the sonogram was to check the baby's gender...and that was it.  Little did I know, the sonogram checked every square inch of the baby's body, inside and out, for abnormalities.  Now that I knew that, I was extremely nervous that the technician would find something wrong with Baby #2.  There's so much, after all, that could go wrong, and I guess I've been programmed to expect the worst.  With every mention of "That looks great" by the technician, I felt as if I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  The doctor confirmed that everything looked normal (thank God) and Baby is growing like he should.  He measured about 10 ounces and had a fetal heart rate of 146.  We're going back in eight weeks for another level 2 sonogram so they can check one final time for normal growth and development, but at this point, I'm going to assume Baby #2 is a normal, healthy, baby boy.  (Side note: Brantley's hydrocephalus wasn't discovered until week 27.)

How Far Along: 19 weeks

Size of Baby: ~6 inches, about 8.5 ounces; the size of an heirloom tomato

Gender: Confirmation that it's a BOY at our sono today!

Weight Gain: No idea.  Haven't weighed myself in two weeks.  Under 10 pounds.

Food Cravings: No major cravings.

Food Aversions: Tried my first cup of coffee in about 10 weeks.  Not bad, but still not like what it used to be. :(

Movement: Feeling more distinct kicks and punches!  It's amazing how much easier it is to recognize the second time around!

Sleep: Normal.  And still on my stomach.

Clothing: Still in my regular jeans, button fastened, and no Bella Band.

Other Pregnancy Symptoms: I honestly don't feel pregnant about 90% of the time.

What I Miss: We went to dinner tonight.  I so wanted to order a cold, draft beer.  But instead, opted for a fun, non-alcoholic Moscow Mule.

Best Moment:  Getting to see Baby at our sonogram.  And learning that he is developing normally.  (And getting our new crib!  Anxiously awaiting January to put it together!)

Looking Forward To: Next week's halfway point!  And checking more weeks off the countdown!

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