We had our second doctors appointment today and everything went great! We are officially entering the 2nd trimester and the baby is extremely active, has a good heart beat and is already 6 cm long. The technician said that according to the sonogram measurements I was actually 2 days further along which would make my due date May 9th. I told her to keep moving it up because we had Amanda's wedding in VA to go to on the 16th!! I laugh, but it's true. John is my witness that I said it.
At the visit I was a little concerned because I've lost 8 pounds since getting pregnant, 4 pounds in Sept. and 4 in Oct, despite my belly growing. The nausea has been so bad that I just have to force myself to eat at least 3 meals a day...and they're tiny meals at that. But the doctor said the baby is healthy and I'm on the high end of a normal weight anyway so she wasn't concerned. She said a lot of women lose weight in the first trimester. So that was very comforting to hear. That's also why I haven't updated the blog in a while. I just felt like crap.
But on to the biggest news of the day. The ultrasound technician said she personally was conducting a study and asked if we were interested in participating. She's trying to gauge how accurately she can assess the gender of the baby at 12 weeks. Usually the soonest they can tell is 16 weeks and most times they have to wait until 20 weeks. 20 weeks for me puts me right at the last week of December or 1st week of January. That's a long time out! She told us we weren't allowed to go out and paint the baby's room or tell our family the gender yet (yeah, like I can keep a secret). Her success rate so far is 89% and she's only been wrong 3 times out of 27 total. I thought those odds were great so we agreed! According to her, she thinks our baby is going to be a GIRL!!!!!!!!! And that coincides perfectly with what Reese has been saying all along, without hesitation. So Hope, I wanna borrow Reese for a few hours on Saturday to go down to the 7-11 and pick out some lottery numbers. I promise to give him right back.
I think it's so exciting to know (or somewhat know) the gender of the baby. Although I could think of pros and cons for boys and girls because that's what I do best... lists of pros and cons for EVERYTHING...John hates it. I did promise John I wouldn't buy anything gender specific until we knew for sure.
Oh, and this is so cute. When we told Jesus and Grimmy that I was pregnant Grimmy immediately jumped up to get some champagne to toast. Then she went running to her office to get me some books on pregnancy and baby names. The one book she really wanted me to read was 'Your Pregnancy Week by Week' but she had given her copy to her niece. I few days later we go to Hope's and Hope pulls out 'Your Pregnancy Week by Week' and lets me borrow it. What are the chances of that?!?!?! I was blown away. Hope also gave us a book on teaching the baby Spanish that she had bought 6 years ago! Wow!! I can't believe she didn't give up on us and hung on to a book that long...especially with as much as she likes to clean and organize. Thank you aunties!