Monday, April 12, 2010

21 weeks

I am 21 weeks along now, and everything is still going well.  The movements are still pretty off and on.  I will feel a lot in a small time period, and then nothing for a day or so.  Its really interesting.  I'm glad I have that doppler or I might be going crazy about now!  I can't thank you enough Kerry. :)  I am better at using it now, so it usually only takes me a couple of minutes to find the heartbeat.  Of course, she still moves around like crazy, so I feel like I'm playing "chase the baby" a lot.  I'm always amazed at how much movement is actually going on that I can't feel.  She is still little though, about 10.5 inches and 12.7 ounces according to the average fetal length and weight chart.  She should hit the 1 pound mark in about 2 more weeks.  Things are going well, but I find myself thinking about how many more weeks until "viability", that is the baby's chances of survival if born at any given week.  I don't know if other people thought about this when they were pregnant, but I'm sure I'm not alone.  According to the chart I found on this, a baby has an 80-90% chance of survival if born after 26 weeks of gestation.  Its actually pretty amazing to know that if our baby were born in another 5 weeks she would probably survive.  Of course, she won't be nearly ready by then, but its a comforting thought should something happen to cause me to deliver early.  I'm sure I won't have this problem though.  There isn't a history of problem pregnancies in my family and everything seems to be going just fine, so I'm not really worried about an early delivery.  My main concern at the moment is getting the house prepared.  We have quite a lot of excess junk that needs to go away, but Darren has a hard time parting with things.  We really need to buckle down and get things moving or he will have a whole bunch of junk shoved in his "man cave" when my mom comes to visit next month.  She wants to paint the baby room, and maybe the guest room as well, but at the moment it is difficult to even walk in either of those rooms.  I can see a lot of scrambling happening in the week or so before she gets here.  Oh well, that's our typical style of getting things done anyway.  I'm sure it will all be ready with just minutes to spare.

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