3.04.2011

21 Weeks...A Day Late & A Buck (Or A Thousand) Short.

Technically, I'm 21 weeks and one day. This makes the 2nd Thursday that has come and gone this pregnancy when I'm not making my pregnancy progress posts. This also makes the 2nd Thursday that has come and gone this pregnancy in the hospital. Let's hope it's the last, shall we?!

I woke up Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. to pee and got more dizzy than I ever remember feeling. It was so bad that I couldn't even lift my head or focus my eyes...and then came the inevitable blacking out. I somehow calmly called my husband who, not so calmly, passed out himself at the sight of me. Talk about great to have around in case of emergencies, right?! Eventually we called and woke up my mom (my poor mom) who said to call 911 after I still couldn't control my head or focus my eyes after 20 minutes. I've never called 911 or had to deal with the paramedics before so it was pretty scary. My dad got there at the same time the paramedics were lifting me out of the bathroom because I couldn't walk and as I heard him saying, "daddy's here! Daddy's here!" I kept wondering where my husband was and was sure he was passed out on the floor somewhere. Good to have around in case of emergencies AND good for giving me something else to worry about, too! Oh, that husband of mine. The paramedics tested my blood sugar and pressure which were both normal and insisted they had to take me to the city hospital where I did not want to go. My doctors are all in Boca at my hospital and, well, the city hospital doesn't have a good reputation. Which is why the short version to the story is that I signed myself out of the hospital after 36 hours and no exam by an OB, went to my OB office and had my OB do everything in 30 minutes than an entire hospital staff did in 36 hours. Trust me. That's the short version.

Of course, most importantly, baby is okay. I apparently react very strongly (in a bad way) to circulation changes caused by pregnancy. It happened the next morning in my hospital bed, too. The next short version to the story is that the poor woman in the neighboring bed had to scream for nurses since they were ignoring my button-pushing as I tried to keep myself off of the hospital floor and was covering myself in puke. Again, that's the short version. Trust me.

I've been feeling even stronger baby kicks these days. Ethan has a pair of legs on him! He's also the size of a banana this week, which is when we start measuring him from head to toe instead of head to butt. By now Ethan looks like a mini-version of what he'll look like when he's born. All of his facial features are formed and hair is growing on his head. Cutest part: He's even acting like a baby and will occasionally suck his thumb or yawn. By 21 weeks, fetal bone marrow starts making blood cells which was previously done by the liver and spleen.

The amniotic fluid that has been cushioning the baby now serves another purpose: he uses it to "practice" eating. Ethan has been swallowing amniotic fluid for a while now, but now the intestines are finally developed enough that he's absorbing small amounts of sugars from it. Baby also has REM (rapid eye movement) which is a key component to any healthy baby's sleep schedule, that indicates they're now capable of dreaming. Lastly, the beginnings of what is commonly called “brown fat” is just starting to fill in to help your baby retain some body heat, which is crucial as they’re not yet capable of regulating their own body temperature.

I wonder what Ethan is dreaming about these days. Not to be all pregnant-and-cliche, but I've found myself suddenly thinking a lot about mint chocolate chip ice-cream.

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