Tuesday, January 3, 2006

17 weeks, 1 day

The OB called today to let me know that our results from the AFP4 are back. They are showing an abnormal result for the spina bifada screening. The risk of having a baby with this is 1 in 290. I am no worried in the least at the moment. I have my ultrasound next week and we will get to have a peek at "Spud." He's going to have the peri take a close look at the spine for us. Ultimately, I was expecting an abnormal result and know that this is a screening, not a definitive test.

In the last week or so, I think I've felt baby move a couple times. There is a slight fluttering once in a while. I also think I've been having braxton hicks as my uterus has been tightening up off and on as well. I am starting to show just a bit, not a whole lot yet. I need to move to maternity pants soon, but the tops still seem too big to wear yet. My morning sickness is all but gone. The only thing that remains is this awful gag reflex in the morning. So far, I've been craving Sweet Tarts. Chips & dip were a another frequent eat during the first trimester. Spagetti is not my friend, just like with Ariana. My one staple of each day is my morning Mt Dew.

I really think Spud is a girl. Most everyone thinks it's a girl, but a few are saying boy (like my mom). If it's a boy, I think I'll fall over (good thing I'll be laying on a table when we find out, huh). The Chinese lunar calendar says girl too with my age at baby's birth and month of conception. We'll see....

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