We had our first appointment at St. Johannis yesterday! Everything went wonderfully! My new doctor is really nice. I had a little difficulty understanding him because of his accent but I sort of expected that since he is German. He did an ultrasound to check the baby and took a bunch of measurements. When he was measuring the baby's leg he said that the baby has nice long legs. He looked at the babys heart, brain and spine and everything looked fine. He tried to get a good look at the baby's face but couldn't really get a good picture because the baby wouldn't move and is really cramped right now. He did a 3D ultrasound to try and get a good picture for us but the machine kept cutting away part of the baby's face because it was too close to it. I'm finally at the point where I have an appointment every week so hopefully we'll get a better picture next week. If not, then it's no big deal because we only have two more weeks until we get to look at our baby face to face. Oh, I almost forgot, the dr also measured the baby to see how much s/he is weighing. The measurements he took show that the baby is weighing in at just over 6 lbs right now, which means that s/he will probably weigh right around 7 lbs at birth! That is such a relief for me, I was so worried the baby was going to be close to 9 lbs like Rob! I was also a little worried that we were going to have too many newborn sizes for the baby that s/he wouldn't be able to wear, and now I'm wondering if we will have enough. But, we have enough clothes to get us through the first week so if we need more smaller sizes we'll just go buy more if we need them.
So what's keeping our little one busy while waiting it out until D-day? Practice, practice, practice. Our baby is simulating breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, sucking on his or her thumb, blinking, and pivoting from side to side (one day I feel the tushy on the left side, another day it has swung around to the right side). All these are skills needed for his or her next gig — starring as newborn. Here's an interesting fact: our baby's head (which, by the way, is still growing) will, at birth, be the same size circumference as his or her hips, abdomen, and shoulders. And guess what's making an impression (literally) these days on those shoulders and hips: fat — causing little dimples in those cute elbows and knees, shoulders and hip, and creases and folds in the neck and wrists. As for Rob and I, we're both as ready as we'll ever be to meet our little bundle of joy!
That's about all for this week! Don't forget to leave us a comment!
Kayla, Rob and Baby