yes I know, no 18 wk picture and no 19 wk picture, but you get to see the 19 wk ultrasound pictures instead.
I actually have my properly scheduled ultrasound next Monday but last Sunday I had some massive pain in my lower left abdomen, and since it lasted for several hours, we decided to go to the hospital to see if everything was all right. I was hydrated, they took my blood (it was the first time I got a central line while awake, Thank You Squatter), they gave me pregnancy aspirin by IV (good stuff people, good stuff) and they let me go because there wasn’t anything identifiably wrong with me and their best guess was that Squatter was positioned awkwardly or kicking me in a not nice place.
Since I can’t exactly feel Squatter’s kicks right now (Squatter is only the size of a banana so there’s still room to do the tango in there), but I feel flutters and things like popcorn popping on the inside, the best thing to do was to schedule an ultrasound for Monday morning so they could check on Squatter and on the particular area where I was feeling pain.
It turns out that as soon as the ultrasound technician pressed down on that area, which was no longer painful by Monday morning, we saw the squatter kick and it hurt again. So basically the Squatter is just kicking the crap out of me. It appears to have moved since then because I don’t have pain right there anymore, I just get random pains here and there every so often about the same time I feel bubbles on the inside, so I know Squatter is just doing an I’m-going-to-kick-the-crap-out-of-Mom routine. Actually, I think Squatter is complaining about the size of the apartment he/she is in right now and is trying to make more room.
This weekend I’ll take a picture of my 20 wk belly and then on Monday we’ll see if we can definitively find out if Squatter is a boy or a girl. Stay tuned.