We had our 18 week appointment on Wednesday, December 7th. Heartbeat was great at 160 beats/minute. According to all the old wives' tales, a heartbeat above 150 is a girl. I've always thought this baby was a girl :) Biggest excitement of the day: We have our GENDER ULTRASOUND on Wednesday, December 14 at 8:30am! We'll find out if Peanut is a little Brinley or a little Cameron.
Friday, December 16 is my 25th birthday and we are going to do the gender reveal for our parents! J and I had planned to wait until Christmas to do it, but we will both jump out of our skins if we have to wait a week and a half to announce the news. Plus it will make for a very memorable birthday :) I haven't decided yet how I exactly want to announce the news, but I have a couple ideas in mind. I either want to get a boy or girl outfit and wrap it up, or I want to get a whole bunch of balloons (pinks or blues) in a box and have our parents open it up.
To do either of these, I think it would be the most fun to NOT have the technician tell us what the gender is and write it down on a card instead. Then we could go to The Children's Place or Herberger's and pick out 2 boy and 2 girl outfits, have the cashier ring up the correct outfits, box them up and wrap it right away. Or if we do the balloon reveal, go to Party City, hand the card to the balloon attendant, and have them fill the box with the correct balloons. It will be more fun that way. I don't know if I'll be able to not peak at the card once I have it, but I'll do my best :)
TMI time: My adorable baby is working on their not-so-adorable first poo! As they drink and digest amniotic fluid, the solid bits will accumulate in the "large" intestines as a tar-like substance (aka meconium), which will become their first historical post-birth poop in a depressingly long line of poopy diapers.
Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.
Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches head to bottom-about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.
Baby at Week 19: