Pregnancy – Week 21

Slept for 11 hours without getting up to go to the bathroom! That’s a record nowadays. :-) Feels nice to be able to get so much rest. :-) Then cuddled with hubby. :-) I love my life. :-)

Sergey can now feel baby kicks! :-) I love having his hand on my tummy and seems baby does too! :-) It’s our family time! It’s a time when all 3 of us interact. :-)

Since week 19 I guess I was having a few Braxton-Hicks contractions but didn’t know it. I thought it was baby moving/turning/twisting. Turns out that when my lower stomach 1) gets hard as a rock, 2) pushes out, and 3) lets go after 10-15 seconds – that is a Braxton-Hicks contraction, which is a practice contraction. I am thankful that mine doesn’t hurt, like it does for some other women. So far I’ve had them maybe 1-2 per week. I would relax and it would go away.

The ligament pain between my legs has subsided. It comes back once in a while but overall doesn’t bother me much.

01/22/13 – announced pregnancy to my team. Jeff was so surprised that he even jumped in his seat. :-) All 10 of my subordinates were surprised but happy for Sergey and me.

01/23/13 – our 20 week ultrasound. Besides doing routine measurements to make sure baby’s development is on track, this is the day we get to find out whether it’s a boy or a girl! :-) This is exciting! We even invited my parents to join us for this wonderful experience. :-)

Ultrasound was a great experience and all of us were equally intrigued and all eyes were glued to the monitor.

We’re having a baby GIRL!!!! My dream was right!!! :-) I could not be happier, but both Sergey and I would love our little one just as much if it would have been a boy! :-) We both are just very happy to have our little one healthy and on the way to be with us.

The technician said our little girl was 13 inch (23 cm) long and weighs 9oz (360 g). Both are exactly the norm for pregnancy at 20 weeks. All organs checked out to be developing normally. We especially loved seeing baby’s tiny heart with the 4 chambers. It’s a work of art on its own. Our baby’s got a beautiful heart already!

One minor note from technician was that we had only 1 aorta (not 2 as usually seen) in the umbilical cord to deliver food and oxygen to the baby. However, since baby’s weight and size, as well as all organs were developing normally, it is nothing to worry about. 1 aorta must be enough for our little girl. :-) The technician said that because of it doctor may request monthly ultrasounds to ensure baby continues to receive enough oxygen and nutrients to develop normally. Well, since we’re healthy, we will see what doc says on Feb 14. Until then we will take it easy and trust our baby girl to grow and develop normally. :-) I am sure she is doing just fine and 1 aorta is not a problem at all for us!

The same night we’ve announced our pregnancy to friends and relatives via email and Facebook.

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Pregnancy – Week 20

I’ve noticed a few times a clear watery discharge with no particular odor. After some research online I don’t believe it to be amniotic fluid leak because it’s not continuous. But I will mention it to my OBGYN this week at our appointment. To be safe, I am taking it easy and drinking lots of fluids.

Baby is moving around quite a bit. I feel it more and more often with every day.

Need to drink more water!

Continuing to do Kegel exercises. Also, noticed some stretching discomfort between my legs. Probably my joints are widening.

Had our 19 weeks doctor visit. Met a new doc as they change shifts and we don’t know whom we will get when we go into labor. So I’m trying to meet more of the docs in the practice. New doc didn’t do much. Checked that both baby and I are alive and asked if we had any questions. Well, at least we know, we’re ok. But really not digging how little attention is given to patients in the USA. Scheduled our next ultrasound for next week. :-) I can’t edit to see our little one again. :-)

I write this as I feel baby kicks! :-) The kicks are subtle but I can definitely tell where baby’s feet are. :-) We definitely have a little bunny as I feel feet moving from side to side of my lower abdomen. My uterus is up to my belly button. I can feel it, because I no longer can push a finger in. :-)

For the last couple of days I’ve been feeling some pain in the groin and inner thighs. Research says it’s ligament pain or the pelvic bones spreading to support the weight of the growing baby… Or getting ready for labor, but it doesn’t mean labor is any time soon. My body is being thoughtful and preparing ahead of time. Only issue it hurts. Feels like after riding a horse or bicycle for a long time, even while resting. :-( And based on research the pain may last… Hoping it won’t last too long for me! :-)

Interesting fact: depending on which side I wake up, that’s where baby’s feet are. :-) Baby is actively kicking right after I wake up and when I’m about to go to sleep. Also feeling a few kicks after I eat, take a few deep breaths or on my way home from work.

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Pregnancy – Week 19

Continuing to walk and work out in the gym. I mostly do just walking and stretching. Some leg and arm/back machines, but nothing strenuous on the tummy.

Left knee still pops when I walk. Eating butter helps smooth my joints and I don’t feel it as much. But I’ll probably bring it up with my OBGYN next week.

Thinking of breaking the news to my boss. Not sure what and how to say, but probably now would be a good time before I start to show much.

Tummy is sticking out a bit, especially after I eat. :-) But it’s definitely not as big as Almagul’s who is carrying her second child. Mom and Alla Anatol’evna both say neither one of them had big tummies, so I may not show much either. Nobody at work has noticed yet. :-)

Bought a pair of pregnancy pants. They cost $10 at Ross and actually look and fit very nice. :-) Not ready to wear them yet but I may just because they look so cute on me. :-)

On Tuesday 01/08/13 after taking a shower and moisturizing my tummy and breasts, noticed a few tiny drops of yellowish liquid oozing from my nipples. Per all the books it’s normal. This is “colostrum”, aka first milk. Breasts are getting ready for breast feeding.

Hubby is really cute! :-) He loves me and my growing belly. :-) He is super excited to hear I started to feel baby movements. But baby still needs to grow for him to feel it on the outside if my belly. Soon my love!

I weighted myself at the gym. Still keeping at my pre-pregnancy weight – 130 lbs. = 59kg.

1/9/13 – told my boss that I am pregnant. It went much easier than I’ve anticipated. He was genuinely excited for me and very much curious whether it’s a boy or a girl. He even was supportive of adding my vacation to the company provided maternity leave!

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