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    Storm chasers

    June 15th, 2010

    … are what we’ll be, ‘cuz, uhmn…. we’re having another boy!!!

    Last week when we were in Bulgaria we got an unexpected ultrasound. I had mentioned to my dad that I hadn’t felt the baby move, and that I was a little worried. In my defense, I acknowledged G moving at 17 weeks, and having heard that second + pregnancies you recognize motion as such earlier, I was getting a bit paranoid. Also, in my brilliant and optimal approach to packing I had decided to leave my fetal monitor at home and around hitting week 16 away, was regretting it.

    I mentioned it to my dad because he and mom have a good friend who is a doctor and they were planning to see him while they were in town. All I wanted was access to his stethoscope. Instead I got a call from my mom Tue morning at 10am, telling us that his friend had made us an appointment with one of the country’s best OB’s and we needed to be in her office by noon. So let’s recap – I’m in a country I don’t know my way around, it’s 10am and we’re still crawling out of bed in PJs and I need to navigate my way to a hospital whose address I don’t know to make it for a “I can fit you in if you show up within 2 hours” appointment. Not to even mention my insurance policy doesn’t extend benefits for non-emergency procedures internationally, and I had no idea how much this visit was going to cost me. However after my mom’s friend assured me it would cost 80lev (about $55 US), I consented… since I knew that if we get an u/s, there’s a chance that we could find out the gender, and I so happened to have 80lev (plus the necessary cab fare).

    The appointment went well. Actually I was impressed that it ended up being a full fetal scan. She noted my placenta has moved to the posterior, measured all of the limbs, examined all of the organs, looked for cleft lip, and confirmed that this little dude is in good shape. I got to hear the heartbeat too 🙂

    Then she said “So you have one son already? Looks like he’ll have a brother” S asked “Are you sure?”; She “100% sure”. With 25 years of experience staring at ultrasound machines, and being touted as one of the best in the country I’d like to trust her… but having experienced the wonders of Bulgarian health care with my sister’s and grandfather’s treatment over the last 5 years, I think I’m going to hold out on full and final validation for our fetal scan in July. So right now I’m 90% confident we’re having a boy.

    His name will be Storm (one of the few times you’ll see it fully written out so take note). S was quick to point out that when he starts running around we’ll be Storm Chasers. We’re having t-shirts made. I’m not really sure what his nick-name will be. It’s already short. S is suggesting “Windy”… or “Cat-5” (since his middle name will be V like G’s). We’re open for suggestions, so share if you’ve got ’em.

    I’m also not really sure yet how he’ll be referred to here as well. He might be S2 (as to not be confused with S), or l-S (for little S). I just don’t know yet.

    Little S’ mug shot is coming soon. As soon as my jet lag lets me stay up long enough to actually scan it in, that is 🙂

    17 weeks

    June 13th, 2010

    How far along: 17w
    Weight: me = 128.4lb; baby = 150g (per u/s);
    Sleep: Just got back from a whole other timezone. Sleeping arrangements were changed. Overall well, but ask me how we acclimate in a week
    Gender: TBD
    Movement: Sometimes I think I feel stuff, and then since it’s nothing like what I remember I think it’s just gas.
    Feeling: Good! I had two weeks of feeling pretty good and no yaking. Hopefully that wasn’t a travel fluke, so this week will tell.
    What I am looking forward to: Movement that’s for sure.
    Weekly Wisdom: Telling your dad that you are worried that you hadn’t felt the baby move yet, and asking to visit his doctor friend for his stethoscope results with a same-day appointment with one of Sofia’s top OBs. And a fetal scan. Not a bad deal if you can get it 🙂
    Milestones: Had an unexpected fetal scan last week. Kiddo looks good. All limbs look good, organs look OK, no cleft lip. Looking forward to my long fetal scan here in a few weeks.
    Food cravings: Meat-free dishes.
    Fetal development:
    Your baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — the lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and it’s around 5 inches long from head to bottom. The baby can move its joints, and the sweat glands are starting to develop.

    (belly pic to come soon)