Well, now, I’m already a few weeks into my 3rd trimester with #minivegan.  Already??  It’s time for a recap of the 2nd trimester.

I already posted about my 20 Week Ultrasound.  This post includes all the other happenings.

In general, it’s true what “they” say about the 2nd trimester (for me).  My energy came back.  And that was a good thing, because I was working a lot.

My food aversions went away, and I started eating more like “normal” for me.  The “desperate hunger” diminished, although I was left with a pesky sweet tooth.  I really got that under control after we got back from Snowbird (week 21).  I also stopped having to eat in the middle of night, except for some especially hungry weeks (i.e. ~week 25).  I think the little boy has growth spurts.  Despite my appetite ups and downs, my weight gain has been very consistent since week one.

As each week passed, my belly was much smaller than I thought it would be…

WEEK 15

I had an appointment with my midwife at Cascade Birth Center on February 19, 2014.  We heard baby’s heartbeat:

WEEK 16

At the end of this week (March 1), I think I felt the first little kick.  I’d get real quiet before going to sleep at night, and see what I could feel with my hands on my belly.  It felt like a little tap.

16 Weeks

16 Weeks

WEEK 17

On March 5th, I had my blood draw for the Harmony prenatal test.  The next few kicks came at the end of this week (March 7, 8, 9).  Eric was lucky to feel a BIG one on the 9th.

WEEK 18

On Friday, March 14th, the blood test results came back:  BOY!  (See the 20 Week Ultrasound post for more details).  After that, I was feeling kicks daily.  I called him my “lowrider” because I felt the kicks barely above my pubic bone.

WEEK 19

I had a midwife appointment on March 19th.  The ultrasound was on the 21st.  Listening to the heartbeat never gets old!

WEEK 20

We spent the week with family, skiing in Little Cottonwood Canyon, at Snowbird and Alta (Utah).  This shows our view out the window.

Week 20

20 Weeks

WEEK 22

By this week, baby was kicking with higher frequency.  After dinner was a particularly energetic time!

22 Weeks

22 Weeks

WEEK 24

For some reason, I started getting more emotional this week and the next.  I could cry without much provocation.  I cried tears of gratitude, love, worry, and for no real reason at all.  If you’d needed an actress to cry on cue, I was your girl!

24 Weeks

24 Weeks

WEEK 25

This week was when I noticed that my belly felt much more firm instead of soft.  I had another midwife appointment, which meant another opportunity to hear baby’s heartbeat…

On May 3rd, my belly was lopsided as I snuggled with Millie on the couch.  When we went out to dinner with Eric’s parents that evening, my mother-in-law gave me a nice gift.

Baby "swam" over to the left side!

Baby “swam” over to the left side!

Thank you, Diane!

Thank you, Diane!

WEEK 26

At the start of this week, my mailman delivered a super sweet gift from my friend Anja.  Go check out her website/blog at All Up Anja.  I love my #PPNSNG pals!

At the end of this week, I started feeling my first Braxton Hicks contractions.  At first I thought that baby was just doing something different, but then I realized what it was.  My belly just got uniformly firm and stayed that way for a minute.

Thank you, Anja!

Thank you, Anja!

26 Weeks

26 Weeks

My biggest physical complaint during the 2nd trimester has been my declining sleep quality.  It seems to be a pattern of:  go to bed about 9:30 PM, then wake up any time between 11:30 and 2:00, pee, then wake up at least 2 more times after that.  Or, I’ll just stay wide awake for an hour (or 2), or I’ll toss and turn the rest of the night.  Ugh!

Because of all that, I basically gave up (after week 23) doing any before-work exercising.   I’m cutting myself some slack right now.  I skied all through ski season and now I go on walks each weekend, but, with my work schedule, that’s all I can muster.  At least my job is an active one.

I’m very much looking forward to my last 2+ months.  My work schedule is finally lightening up, I’m almost finished with getting the house ready for baby, and I’ve got some fun events on the calendar.

Not to mention, it’s almost summer, which is always good for body and mind!

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2nd Trimester Weights (Weeks 14-26):

February 11, 2014 = 113.2 lb
February 18, 2014 = 113.4 lb
February 25, 2014 = 115.6 lb
March 4, 2014 = 114.6 lb
March 11, 2014 = 116.4 lb
March 18, 2014 = 117.0 lb
March 25, 2014 = no data
April 1, 2014 = 118.0 lb
April 8, 2014 = 120.2 lb
April 15, 2014 = 121.0 lb
April 22, 2014 = 121.4 lb
April 29, 2014 = 122.8 lb
May 6, 2014 = 124.8 lb

Total 2nd Trimester Weight Gain = 11.6 lb
Total 1st + 2nd Trimester Weight Gain = 25.8 lb

 

Well, #minivegan is now 25 weeks gestational age (on Monday, April 28, 2014).  This pregnancy is flying by, and I’m long overdue posting an update.  I’ve been working my ever-growing-larger ass off, working to save up extra $$ for my maternity leave.

We went in for our 20 week ultrasound (US) on day one of our 2014 ski vacation to Snowbird, Utah.  What a perfect way to kick off our trip!  The sonographer and perinatologist that we saw at Evergreen Maternal-Fetal Medicine were wonderful.  Dr. Kline said she had a baby in her 40′s, too!  She was pretty excited for us.

For many couples, the 18-22 week ultrasound (“anatomy scan”) is the procedure that reveals the baby’s gender for the first time.  We definitely wanted to know!

But, we chose to have the Harmony prenatal blood test done prior to our 20 week scan.  Harmony tests for three trisomy abnormalities (trisomy 13, 18, and 21) with >99% accuracy.  It also tests for the presence of a Y chromosome (Y chromosome = boy).

My blood was drawn on March 5th (at 17 weeks + 2 days).  I expected to wait 2 weeks for the results, but thankfully mine came sooner than that.  On Friday, March 14, 2014, I got the phone call while at work.  I was with a very sweet man, with quite severe dementia.  My patient, Tom, was the first person to hear my good news:  that our baby does NOT have trisomy 13, 18, or 21…AND…our baby is a BOY!!!  (The next week, Tom had no recall of this.)

I didn’t call Eric right away.  Instead, I stopped by Target after work, to pick up a little gift for Eric that would reveal the gender to him when I got home.

Friday, March 14, 2014 - IT'S A BOY!

It’s a BOY!

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - Sportin' the Purple Pregnancy Pants at Week 19.  (Mission Ridge Ski Area)

Sunday, March 16, 2014 – Sportin’ the Purple Pregnancy Pants at Week 19. (Mission Ridge Ski Area)

The ultrasound was performed on Friday, March 21, 2014 (at 19 weeks + 4 days).  Our boy appeared healthy in all ways and weighed about 10 oz.  His growth measurements were between 43% and 62% for his gestational age, and the heart rate was 147 bpm.  The placenta is posterior and without previa.  My cervix is long.  Excellent!

We received a DVD of the scan.  I took this short video clip with my phone, that shows baby’s face:  moving his jaw, yawning, moving his tongue, and even smiling.  You can also see his forearm in front of his face.  Watch it again and look for the heart beating.  Precious!!

I took these images by pausing the DVD and taking screen shots:

Head Profile

Head Profile

Eye Orbits/Top of Head

Eye Orbits/Top of Head

Face - Showing his tongue

Face – Showing his tongue

Face - Open mouth

Face – Open mouth

Chin, mouth and nostrils. And a hand waving!

Chin, mouth and nostrils. And a hand waving!

Heart and blood flow

Heart and blood flow

Heartbeat

Heartbeat

Legs and umbilical cord (showing cord blood flow)

Legs and umbilical cord (showing cord blood flow)

Legs and penis

Legs and penis

Lower leg bones (tibia/fibula)

Lower leg bones (tibia/fibula)

Forearm bones (radius/ulna) and hand

Forearm bones (radius/ulna) and hand

Foot

Foot

Here we are, skiing in Utah!

March 23, 2014 - Alta, Utah

March 23, 2014 – Alta, Utah

March 24, 2014 - Alta, Utah

March 24, 2014 – Alta, Utah

My motto this ski season!

My motto this ski season!

 

My friend, Sharon, generously gave me a couple cups of ripe persimmon fruit over a year ago.  Well, today I finally thawed them out and created this recipe.  This version is gluten free (GF), but you could use any combo of wheat or other grain/nut flours.

The moisture content required a little longer baking time than usual (about 28 minutes instead of 23 minutes, in my oven).  I’m really happy with the taste, because I had no idea what to expect!

Maple Persimmon Muffins (GF)

Dry Ingredients:

1/3 C EACH – amaranth, coconut, brown rice & garbanzo bean flours
1/4 C oat flour/rolled oat combo (GF)
1/4 C ground walnut/pecan/hazelnut combo
1/4 C ground flax seed
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:

2 C very ripe persimmon fruit puree
1/4 C pure maple syrup
1/4 C coconut milk (full fat)
1 t vanilla extract

Raw sugar granules

Assembly:

Combine the dry and wet ingredients separately, then mix together.  Spoon into 12 muffin liners.  Sprinkle ~1/8 t raw sugar on top of each.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 28 minutes.

**Vegan, dairy free, egg free.

Baked Apples

For me, pregnancy means hunger!  Tonight, I was craving something sweet.  However- I’m at my ski condo, which means there are very few ingredients here to work with.  Fortunately, I was able to put this simple treat together with the few things on hand…

INGREDIENTS

1 T coconut oil
2 peeled, thin-sliced organic apples (I used Pink Lady apples)
1 T coconut milk (full fat)
1 T maple syrup
1 T ground walnuts
Large dash cinnamon

ASSEMBLY

1.  Grease a glass pie pan or square pan with the coconut oil.

2.  Toss the apple slices with the coconut milk, maple syrup, walnuts and cinnamon in a large bowl until well coated.

3.  Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.  Stir and return to the oven for another 10 minutes.

4.  Serves 2 adults and 1 #minivegan.  This would be really good with a scoop of vegan ice cream!

Friday, January 17, 2014…

Early Abdominal Ultrasound – Week 10, Day 4

VIDEO CLIPS…

#1  Kicks & Punches

#2  The Outstretched Leg

#3

#4

IMAGES…

Biometry & Growth and Clinical Summary

Biometry & Growth and Clinical Summary

1st Image

1st Image

Arms

Arms

Legs

Legs

Face

Face

Profile

Profile

Gestational Sac

Gestational Sac

Yolk Sac

Yolk Sac

Length Measurement

Length Measurement

Length Measurement

Length Measurement

Length Measurement

Length Measurement

Chorion Frondosum, Located Posterior

Chorion Frondosum, Located Posterior

This link defines the Chorion Frondosum.

Fetal Heart Rate

Fetal Heart Rate

Left Ovary

Left Ovary

Blood Supply Left Ovary

Blood Supply Left Ovary

Blood Supply Right Ovary

Blood Supply Right Ovary

#minivegan's birthdayAugust 11th, 2014
19 days to go.
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