23w6d Prenatal Appointment (24 weeks)

Baby Z and I had our first prenatal appointment sans Daddy Z this week ūüė¶ ¬†J couldn’t make it because he had a doctor’s appointment of his own. ¬†Boo.

All is well, though. Baby Z’s heartbeat is steady at 140 bpm, and he even showed off a little for our doctor by kicking (visibly) during our visit. ¬†I’m beginning to notice that Baby Z starts kicking up a fuss whenever I sit or lie down for prolonged periods of time – his way of telling me that I’m boring him! ¬†Which is probably just as well, because I used to sit all day at my desk without ever getting up for a stretch or walk – now I’m reminded every half hour or so to get up and take a short stroll (usually to the bathroom). ¬†Baby Z is already watching out for my health ūüôā

Our OB also gave me a glucose drink for my next visit in one month. ¬†I didn’t know this, but apparently between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy, many doctors check for¬†gestational diabetes, a high blood sugar condition that some women get during pregnancy. ¬†According to Baby Center, between 2 and 5 percent of expectant mothers develop gestational diabetes, making it one of the most¬†common health problems during pregnancy. And because the condition rarely causes any symptoms, testing is the only way to find out whether you have it.

So in a few weeks, I’ll have to fast for 14 hours and chug this bad boy one hour before the test. ¬†When I arrive for the test, the technician will take a blood sample to measure my fasting blood glucose level. ¬†Fun stuff.

It’s a good thing that I scheduled my next OB visit/glucose test for first thing in the morning! ¬†These days, I’m not sure if I can fast for 14 minutes, much less 14 hours.

And hopefully this drink tastes better than it looks.

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23w0d 6 months!

Your baby’s the size of a cantaloupe!

Your 10.5-to-11.8-inch fetus weighs about 12.7 to 20.8 ounces and every week he gets closer and closer to being ready to survive (and thrive!) in the outside world. ¬†He cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

(Source: The Bump and Baby Center)

Dear Baby Z,

Happy 6 months birthday bub! ¬†I know that I sound like a broken refrain, but I can’t believe that you’re six months old already. ¬†In less than 4 months, Dad and I will finally meet you, and we can’t wait. ¬†We’ve been very busy preparing for your arrival this month! ¬†It look us a little while to figure out everything that you will need when we bring you home (footies, gowns, onesies, rompers – here I thought that they were just called shirts and pants), but I’m happy to say that we’re finally done with your registry (thanks to some very good friends and family) and we’re quickly on our way to learning what half of them means and how they work ūüôā ¬†For such a little person, you sure need a lot of stuff. ¬†So far, you have a car seat (even though we don’t own a car, haha. ¬†Get ready for your first NYC taxi cab ride!), a dresser, a mattress sheet (but no mattress) and some baby clothes (an apple hat and a bear outfit).

I know…we’ve still got a long ways to go.

Dad and I have also been busy converting our study area into your own room. ¬†I hope you like blue and grey, because you’ll be seeing a lot of both colors for a while. ¬†Your Mom is also possessed with decorating fever, and she’s been drawing and designing pretty pictures for your nursery wall. ¬†I hope you like them!

There is still so much to do – your Dad and I are trying not to get too overwhelmed, and stick to just getting basic things that you will need (like pretty pictures, obviously) and figuring out the rest along the way with you. ¬†It’ll be an adventure and a learning process for all of us. ¬†In the end, we know that you won’t care which brand of stroller you have or how many toys you have in your room – all those are nice extras that are secondary to being fed, changed, and most of all…loved. ¬†And you are most definitely, unconditionally, and unequivocally loved.

See you in T minus 3.5 months, my Baby Z.

Love,
Mom