Thursday, April 26, 2012

23 Weeks

Happy 23 Weeks, Baby Amundson…still haven’t decided on her name!  Here’s what the baby is up to this week:  “Your baby is practicing her "breathing" on the amniotic fluid—sucking it in and out of her lungs.  Fat production is in overdrive at this point… Your baby will basically double in weight over the next four weeks! Her body is looking more proportional now and her facial features are fully formed.  Your baby is about 11½ inches long and weighs 1 pound, or about the length and weight of a Harry Potter book.” (Source)
Pregnancy is super scary.  And emotionally and physically hard.  This past week, I had my first few “OMG, what are we doing? What have we gotten ourselves into?” freak outs.  I cried for no good reason (unless raging hormones are a good reason).  I longed to drink a glass of wine. Then I realized that I need to enjoy my pregnancy and not stress for both the baby’s sake and my sake. Deep breathes…I need to do yoga!

How far along? 23 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 22 lbs This number scares me! I've been working out but I'm sure I could be doing better with my eating.

Maternity clothes? Wearing one in this pic...
Stretch marks? No but my belly itches like crazy
Sleep: Sleeping great... strangely not waking up to pee as much even
Best moment this week: Hearing my friend had her baby last night. We are going to the hospital to visit her tonight. She just so happens to have the same Dr. as me and delivered at the same hospital I will be having my baby girl at.

Miss Anything? DRINKING...what else is there to miss??
Movement: All the time. I feel her most in the morning and afternoon.  I think she goes to sleep at night because I don’t feel her as much around dinner time.

Food cravings: Candy is the culprit this week
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Round ligament pain, which scared me during my cycle class, I had no idea what it was & low back pain.
Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Not moody buy I've been a little sad this week. Waiting for my results is making me go crazy! I keep telling myself to stay positive and I’ve banned myself from Google…Google is evil!
Looking forward to: Staying home this weekend and working on the nursery…that’s the plan!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I've been putting off writing this post but I have a lot on my mind and it's good to just get everything out. At our 20 week scan the Dr. found a 'bright spot' on our baby girl’s heart also called a calcium deposit. This does not affect her heart at all but it is a soft marker for down syndrome. The Dr. stressed that my risk is so low for DS that he is not concerned and they typically go away before the baby is born. When he first told me I was in absolute shock and he didn't give me time to process the information before going on with his day. I walked out to my car and cried while I called my husband. I'm so thankful to have such a supportive husband who calms me down and makes me see the positive of everything. I was too upset to go back to work and went home to process everything.
I decided that I did want to see a specialist and frantically called the Maternal Fetal Clinic. I was in tears and they amazingly had an appointment the next morning at 8AM. I happened to have the day off from work to celebrate my birthday so I jumped on the appointment. Derek decided to take the day off from work to be there with me. The appointment from start to finish was over three hours. The specialist told me that everything looked great and the baby was 'beautiful'. She jokingly said that she sees a lot of baby's that aren't beautiful. My chances of down syndrome went from 1:7,000 to 1:3,500 because of the spot, which she compared my results to an 18 year old.

Most normal people would be satisfied with the confirmation from the Dr. but I still couldn't get my brain to shut off the thoughts about our baby girl having downs. I met with a genetic counselor yesterday where she went over my risks again and gave me two options: The amnio test or a Maternit21 blood screen. I know I was going to turn down the amnio because the risk of miscarriage. I've never heard of the Maternit21 test and was excited to hear my genetic counselor tell me that it's very accurate, she said over 99%. The results will take 10 business days so I'm anxiously waiting for my results. I really want to enjoy my pregnancy and not worry anymore. I pray this test will put my mind at ease.

MaterniT21 is Sequenom's prenatal test for trisomy 21, or Down syndrome. The test operates by sampling free DNA in the mother's blood, which contains some DNA from the fetus. The proportions of DNA from sequences from chromosome 21 can then indicate whether the fetus has trisomy in that chromosome. In a randomized controlled trial of 1,696 pregnancies at high risk for Down syndrome, the test correctly identified 98.6% of the actual cases of Down syndrome (209 out of 212), with a false positive rate of 0.2% (3 of 1471 pregnancies without Down); the test gave no result in 0.8% of the cases tested (13 of 1696).[10] The test can also give an indication of whether trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome) or trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome) are present, though the accuracy rates have not been determined for these cases as they have been for Down.[11]
The primary advantage of MaterniT21 over the other major high accuracy tests for Down syndrome, Amniocentesis and Chorionic villus sampling, is that MaterniT21 is noninvasive.[10] Because amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling are invasive, they have a chance of causing miscarriage.[12]

On October 17, new non-invasive prenatal testing for Down syndrome launched. We understand that this is an issue of both interest and concern for families, and we hope the following information will help.
The test was launched by a company called Sequenom, based on research funded by Sequenom and published in Genetics in Medicine documenting the results of its trials. Dr. Brian Skotko, who was not involved in these studies, was kind enough to summarize this research for the Down syndrome community, and his notes include the following:
- a “positive” test means that there is a 98.6% chance that the fetus really does have trisomy 21
- a “negative” test means that there is a 99.8% chance that the fetus really does not have trisomy 21
- approximately 0.8% of patients were not able to receive a result from the test because of insufficient genetic material in the blood sample

- available early as 10 weeks of gestation
- about 10 day turnaround
- $1500-2000 to insurers
- max person will have to pay is $235 out of pocket

Sunday, April 22, 2012

22 Weeks

This post is a little behind.  What a crazy whirlwind week it’s been.  I celebrated my birthday on Friday with friends and over the weekend with my hubby.  We went away to a bed and breakfast in the woods of Snoqualmie, WA.

Want to know something crazy? At 22 weeks, a baby is almost a pound and as long as a sheet of paper.  At 22 weeks, her eyes have formed, although the irises lack pigment and therefore color. Any hair on the head is also white. The pancreas is forming. The little hands have developed bigger and stronger nerve endings, so she has a sense of touch in her fingers. He can also taste all the times that I eat in the amniotic fluid. (Source, source)

How far along? 22 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 20 lbs+ from my Dr. Appointment this week
Maternity clothes? Three new tops and one pair of comfy jeans from Motherhood.

Stretch marks? No
Not bad but I did not sleep well last night at the Bed and Breakfast
Best moment this week: Spending the weekend away with Derek for my bday. We don’t get very many opportunities to get away and enjoy each other’s company.
Miss Anything? Feeling in shape but I’m trying to embrace my body.

Lots of movement! I can feel her the most when I’m sitting down, usually in the morning and afternoon at work.
Food cravings: I’m not loving food like I thought I would.  It seems like every time I eat I make myself sick. I need to  learn how to eat smaller meals.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Anything super sweet.
Have you started to show yet: Oh yes!
Gender: GIRL! This girl is going to by styling. I went a little crazy on the clothes shopping but I can’t wait to see everything I purchased.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? Still in
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Very happy!  I had the best weekend and laughed SO much with my husbad.
Looking forward to: I keep saying this, but to get started on the nursery. We need to get on it!

Hubby and I

 The Falls

Thursday, April 12, 2012

21 weeks and it's a....

Found out Tuesday, April 10th we are having a baby GIRL!! Can't even begin to describe my excitement.... We are SO happy & love knowing more about the little person that we are so excited to meet! Boys run in Derek’s family so I thought I might have a boy first... but I had a hunch all along that it was a girl. So excited to start buying headbands & nursery decor!! :)

How far along? 21 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 17 lbs+
Maternity clothes? Nothing new has been purchased but I’m thankful for all the hand me downs.

Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Sleeping great

Best moment this week: Finding out we are having a baby GIRL and the 20 week ultrasound/scan went wonderful.  We found out our little girl is in the 90TH percentile! 
Miss Anything? Cocktails of all sorts…actually liking the taste of chocolate. 
Movement: Baby girl moves all day long & I love it so much!! Everyone was right when they said it is the best part of pregnancy. I can’t wait for Derek to be able to feel.  We try every night but he hasn’t got to feel a solid kick yet.

Food cravings: Still loving salty foods…and  avocados.  I’ve sent Derek to the store numerous times to get me an avocado. I thought for a while that I was having a boy because I haven’t craved sweets much during my pregnancy.  The wives tales are wrong!
Anything making you queasy or sick: The thought of eating Chiptole makes me sick.  This is sad because Chiptole used to be my favorite!
Have you started to show yet: it makes sense why people ask me if I’m having twins, I have a baby healthy in there.
Gender: GIRL! I’ve had lots of dreams that I would see a baby girl that had blue eyes and light hair.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In for now..but it is starting to look more odd every day.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: One happy camper.
Looking forward to: Making lots of purchases and getting the nursery ready.  I read lots of blogs where the nursery is basically complete at 20 weeks and it’s making me panic a little bit.  Derek promised we would work on cleaning the room out this weekend and I’m holding him to it. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

20 Weeks

Baby’s digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, speaking of the diaper situation… baby’s genitals are now fully formed! (
And according to,
Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks, he’s measured from head to toe.)
He’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you’ll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

How far along? 20 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 15+ lbs gained, crazy to see that number on the scale
Maternity clothes? I finally got around to buying some new pants so I can breathe again!
Stretch marks? No

Sleep: Still sleeping great.. getting sick of midnight bathroom breaks & starting to get stiff from laying on my side
Best moment this week: Finally starting my registry at Babies R Us!! I need to add some more stuff once we finally know the gender.
Miss Anything? Wine, margaritas, sangria…you catch my drift!

Movement: Baby is a mover & a shaker... and I love every minute of it!
Food cravings: Had a bit of a tantrum last night because I really wanted grilled cheese and we didn’t have the stuff to make it.  Also, I can’t wait til’ Easter which means lent is over and I can finally eat some candy...bring on the Easter Candy!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nada
Have you started to show yet: Oh yes!  People love coming up and touching my belly. It really doesn't bother me like it does for some people. 
Gender: Less than one week left
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In.. although I literally jumped when I saw my belly button the other day when I was getting into the shower... that shit is SHALLOW these days.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happier than I've ever been in my entire life!!
Looking forward to: My ultrasound next week and starting the nursery and the big one... PICKING A BABY NAME!

In other baby news, I’ve had four different people ask me if I’m pregnant with twins…RUDE!  Each and every time I have a shocked look on my face and say ‘am I that big?!’.  I really need  to come up with something better to say. Also yesterday a lady at work told me I was walking funny and asked if I was pregnant.  I told her if I’m walking funny now, imagine me at 40 weeks.  She then said ‘you are due in four weeks’…..which was awkward because I then had to tell her that I still have 20 weeks to go.