Thursday, February 24, 2011

15 weeks

We've had an exciting week this week! I think I've broken the severe morning sickness pattern (I hope!), I've been able to feel the baby move, we had a long ultrasound, and we visited the doctor for our monthly appointment.

Last Thursday was the last day of extreme morning sickness, I hope! I've still been getting sick, but I don't feel constantly nauseous throughout the day. It just hits me a few times during the day. I think this might be what normal morning sickness feels like. I did have a pretty embarrassing moment in the car. Michael and I were driving home on interstate 40, and I got sick! There was no where to go. I have to laugh at things like this because it does make for an entertaining story. I usually have a little more of an advanced warning, but not that time. I did eventually pull over at an abandoned gas station to "finish up."

While I was laying in bed last week, about to fall asleep, I kept feeling a little grumble in my tummy. It felt like my stomach was about to growl, but there wasn't a noise. I wasn't sure if that was the baby or not, even though it was in my lower abdomen. Of course when I was paying attention and wanted to feel it, it wouldn't happen. Then this week, I began feeling the "bubbly" feeling that I've heard other people describe. It only happens when I'm extremely still. I can't wait until Michael is able to feel it too.

My dance friend, Gina, is now a medical director at Life Choices. Life Choices is a non-judgmental and Christ-like clinic designed to educate and empower women to make informed decisions about their pregnancies. Gina is in charge of the medical side of the clinic. She needed a model to help train a new girl on the equipment. I volunteered immediately because I wanted to see how much the baby has grown in the past few weeks and it was free. It was amazing! We weren't rushed at all because Gina was taking her time training the new girl. I drank about 1/4 of a Coke before we went to make sure the baby was active, and it was. The baby even waved at us a few times. We weren't able to find out the gender because the baby wouldn't turn in the right direction, but we were able to hear the heartbeat. It registered 144 on the ultrasound.

All cute and curled up

Front view. Hard to see, but it's a picture of the face

head and arms

This is where the baby waved at us.
I'm already in love with those tiny little fingers.

It is a flexible baby. See the foot next to the head?

head and body

Is this baby Norah or baby Everett???

Baby Yoder waving again

At our monthly doctor appointment things were a little boring this month. I lost more weight, but she didn't seem to be as concerned this time. Maybe it's because I looked a little healthier and could actually hold my head up and out of the trash can to talk to her. We did get to hear the heartbeat again. It measured 154 at the doctor office. Our next appointment is our "big" appointment. We'll have our official ultrasound from the doctor on March 15 to determine the sex of the baby. I can't wait!

I've started to "show" this week too. I had the first person that didn't know me talk about my pregnancy with me. She was walking out of the restroom and said, "I should have let you go first. I know what it's like to be pregnant and have to go to the restroom." I guess my belly was popping out so much that should could tell without me having to tell her. I'll start taking more belly pictures now that there are some changes visually taking place.