Friday, April 29, 2011

La petite bump - 24 weeks

The weeks have flown by even more quickly then usual this past month - somehow, it's almost May and I've reached 24 weeks already!!!!

Stroopy is an extremely active little bubba who is forever giving me (and Mitch!) whopper kicks - it seems that play time is more fun then sleep time for this baby :-) Not that I mind - it's pretty amazing seeing this little being moving around in my belly!!!!! The bump has definitely grown in recent weeks but I'm still riding my bike everywhere and doing everything as per normal. In fact, I'm determined to keep riding my bike until the day little Stroopy arrives!!!!

The last month has been a hectic one in general but also started off with a few appointments - including the much anticipated 20 week echo. The sonographer didn't speak much English but thankfully there was a student practicing measurements on board who kindly translated for us. This came in handy as they momentarily scared us, saying that they were concerned that 'baby is too small'.... After re-doing measurements and much consultation among themselves, the conclusion was that Stroopy is totally fine - my due date was slightly out and we just have a rather small baby on board. Hearing that confirmation (and believe me, I asked and asked and asked over again to make sure everything was ok!!!) was such a relief as it was a stressful few moments not knowing what was going on. Otherwise, the scan went perfectly - a happy, healthy little baby whom the sonographer kept referring to as a kleine boef... Translation = little rascal. This was because the Stroopster wasn't feeling particularly cooperative when it came to the legs department and the sonographer was determined for us to be able to find out the sex.... Which, after much poking and prodding, we did get a peek!!! And are trying ever so hard to keep it a secret - so far, so good.... Of course, being a 50/50 chance, some friends & family have guessed correctly, others haven't and I'm trying to keep a straight face and not give it away but it's a challenge!!!! We got a whole envelope full of pictures from the scan but these are my favourites - profile shot and a nice little thumbs up :-)

I was lucky enough to be able to go back for a second scan - not because it was medically required, but because I was asked if I would like to be a volunteer. Apparently there was a heart specialist teaching students how to scan babies hearts visiting in a couple of days and they needed a volunteer 'without much belly fat' (that made me feel soooooooooooooo good hehehe) for the practical session. I gladly gave up my time to go back in - another whole hour of Stroopy viewing, yes please!!! It was actually a really great experience, the specialist and students spoke in English (even to each other most of the time) so that I could understand what was going on. Stroopy was being a very cooperative little bubba that day and flipping over right when they needed him/her to - no poking and prodding required!!!! They even gave me some more photos, including the cutest pose - 'the thinker' where bub had his/her hand up under the chin and was looking veryyyy serious.... Apparently we have a poser on our hands :-)

24 weeks down, 16 to go :-)

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