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Is she or is she not - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Is she or is she not
I'm 17 weeks pregnant. At a dance a couple of weeks ago I got my first indication that I was starting to show enough that people who didn't know suspected, but were afraid to ask just in case it was just it was Ben & Jerry's and not a baby. The bulge is there, but the bust is still bigger. My theory is that until the belly overtakes the bosom (which has declared it's manifest destiny), those who haven't been getting the blow by blow on this blog will continue to be uncertain.

Not that I blame them. I see the bulge unclothed, a state which makes it more obvious, and I still have my doubts. Is the fetus still alive? It's been days since I've thrown up and the hip soreness is not as bad as it was. I have another eight days to wait for my next ultrasound, which is a long time to be thinking the Dead Baby Thoughts. Mind you, milder symptoms are the only indication that anything might be amiss. I really would be happier if I were throwing up right now.

On the bright side, in spite of looking like I've just devoured three gallons of mint chocolate chip I am feeling better about how I look than I have in two years or more.

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gryphon2k From: gryphon2k Date: January 17th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
The ultrasound at 18 weeks *should* be far enough along for them to tell you what flavor you will be getting (if the fetus isn't feeling shy). Are you going to find out if you can, and if so, are you going to let your dear readers know so we can plan proper color coordination (hint, hint)?

Of course, the final decision is yours, but my feeling was that I wanted as much information to be as prepared as possible. YMMV.

BTW, don't concern yourself overmuch with the "Dead Baby Thoughts". After the twins, I had those kinds of thoughts throughout both my successful (but not uneventful!) pregnancies. Looked forward to every OB visit and every ultrasound as an affirmation of life.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: January 17th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I plan to find out, and I do plan to tell. We already know that we have a high probability of having a boy... they run in Warren's family, and sometimes a gender bias can be inherited through the male line. I would love a little girl, but right now any gender preference is running a distant third to 'alive' and 'healthy'.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: January 20th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)


The maternal grandmother's favorite color is blue, so that should be a safe color regardless of sex.
enugent From: enugent Date: January 17th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I also have been plagued by dead-baby thoughts this time around. I don't remember this at all from before, but I guess I'm more aware of the difficulty and fragility of life now.

I had my ultrasound, by the way, and we're having a boy. (I need to blog about it, but I've been too busy at work.) Not only was the baby looking chipper, but he was so active that the sonographer had to really work to get the shots he needed for the anatomy scan. So my fretting about not feeling movement yet was for naught. My placenta is anterior again, so it may still be weeks before I can feel him move.

You may want to consider renting a doppler. It can also do a lot to dispel Dead Baby Thoughts - you can check that there is a heartbeat when you need to.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: January 17th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice. Congratulations on the boy. One of each is a nice combo, though I guess it means you can't reuse as many clothes.
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