Today I met with my Doctor whom I love, for my four month appointment. I have so far gained 3 pounds, and all other vitals are great! I got to hear the little bambino's heartbeat, and it moving all around in the amniotic fluid. Next Friday I have more blood work, and then on October 16th we find out if we're having a son or daughter!!!! We'll also have new ultrasound pictures to post as well. That's only in 3 more weeks, and by then I'll be about halfway done with my pregnancy. That is crazy! Stay tuned for the 16 week belly picture next week.
We're 15 weeks today and the size of a Naval Orange (4 inches from head to bum)! The baby is busy moving amniotic fluid through it's nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in it's lungs begin to develop. The baby's legs are growing longer than it's arms now, and it can move all of it's joints and limbs. Although the baby's eyelids are fused shut, it can sense light. Off to the OB on Friday for my monthly visit!!
Some of the parents at school were starting to question other parents and teachers about whether or not Mrs. Maynard was pregnant. So today I decided to get the word out and tell my lovely 2nd grade students that their teacher was going to have a baby, and was not just getting fat. I decided to tell them by playing Hangman before lunch. It wasn't till there were only a few letters left did all the hands start going up wanting to solve the puzzle "Mrs Maynard is having a baby". They were all very excited. One little sweetie kept hugging me all day saying she was hugging the baby and wouldn't stop thinking about her teacher having a baby till it arrived. Some thought it was going to arrive next month, others thought next year. Overall, the response was a success.
Three months down, six to go! Belly has started to get a little rounder, and pants are starting to get snug. No major hair growth seen in this picture like seen before due to my haircut, but my nails are starting to grow much faster and are healthier.
P.S. This picture was taken at night after a day of eating and drinking, so I am thinking it may of added to my poochie belly, but either way it's starting to expand a little. I'm in that "Has she just gained a few or is she pregnant?" phase.
You can see it's adorable little profile, belly, and legs crossed Indian style pretty clear. It's arms were up but then down by it's side for the picture. These three pictures are mostly alike, but I thought I would put them all up anyway.
Today Jesse and I started our day with a very exciting doctor's appointment. We had an ultrasound session and were able to see our little 3 inch (from head to toe) baby sleeping away. The ultrasound tech had me cough to wake it up, and then it started moving all around kicking legs, moving arms, and jumping up and down. We were able to see it open and close it's mouth. It's little heart was beating at 156 beats per minute. The spine measurement was normal. Baby then went back to sleep, but I woke it up coughing one last time to see it roll over on it's side and look at his Mom and Dad straight on. See you again in October baby Maynard to know if we should buy blue or pink.
In this picture you can see the top of the baby's head, and it's two little arms and hands giving a touchdown signal or a give me ten! We also got to see it's little feet too. The tech said because I am on the smaller side that the little bubbles I've been feeling the past few days are the baby jumping around. Next OB appointment will be September, 25th.
We got married on June 30, 2007 on a beautiful day in New Seabury, Massachusetts surrounded by our wonderful family and friends. Jesse recently completed an amazing addition on our home just in time for our family to grow. I teach 2nd grade at a private Catholic school, and Jesse works for his family owned business Maynard Construction BRC, Inc. Check out their work by clicking on the website in our "Favorite Links"