21 – 23 weeks, growing right along

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I should really start putting my blog posts as a calendar reminder on my phone… it started to dawn on me that I may have skipped a week but here I am posting nearly three weeks after my last one. Woops!

The follow up ultrasound had to be pushed out an additional week due to a family emergency that had us unexpectedly out of town for a week. This time I ate a little bit of trail mix on my way to the appointment to encourage the little guy to move around a little bit or at least be a little more cooperative if we needed him to move for a better angle on an organ. He did wonderfully! Full cooperation. 😀 There were some amazing images and the level of detail that can be seen on such small organs will never cease to amaze and fascinate me. The heart was so clear and beautifully functioning and I think my favorite part of the ultrasound. The tech also showed me a few other angles and explained that at this stage if there was a cleft lip you would be able to see it. I had no idea that could be detected so early now. Absolutely amazing. Surro boy had some great poses for the camera too, including in the first image below where he had the thinking man pose (fist on the forehead).

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Think, think, think

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foot print

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3D, umbilical cord looped over right elbow, arms on either side of his face

The week while we were out of town I received a very sweet message from the IP’s asking for my input on the baby’s name. I didn’t expect it at all and it was such a gift and honor to be involved in that process. Coincidentally they had picked a name I was already rather partial too, a brother of mine, so it was a very easy approval on my part. But it was such a kind gesture that thoroughly made my day.

As my belly expands surro baby boy has had movement higher and higher in my abdomen. Every now and then he’ll surprise me with a sudden round house kick explosion out of nowhere that makes me jump from shock. I’ve also been able to see my belly move a few times if he has continuous movement and I’m sitting still. Which at this point is a bit of a rare combination. But it did happen yesterday while I was chatting with the IP’s so I took a picture of my belly from my point of view for them. 🙂

A funny and sweet story, my 2 year old was trying to use my belly button as a peep hole to see the baby and see what he was up to. When she couldn’t feel any movement she said “aww baby sweeping”. So sweet! And I love that they are involved and understand that we as a family are helping another family become whole.

This coming Monday is my last prenatal appointment with my Doctor here in the Austin, TX area. I can’t believe that is already here! My previous OB in San Diego, CA is expecting me for my next appointment at the end of September.  I will write more about that in a separate post.

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2 thoughts on “21 – 23 weeks, growing right along

    • Thank you! And yes, I discovered the app Photofy. They have several free stickers you can use on images but I purchased a maternity package that has all of the weeks. I think it was $1.99. 😊

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