where the doctor took about 10 pints of my blood. I am also exactly 16 weeks pregnant today. We also officially told the doctor that we do not plan on finding out if Hosey is going to be a boy or a girl. I'm sure when I go for my ultrasound on August 8, I'll be wondering if this was really the right decision, but for now, we think it's the best way to go.
I didn't really learn anything new today, just had to answer more questions about myself (No, I don't smoke. No, I don't drink. No, I don't do drugs. No, I don't work in a coal mine.). We did get to hear the heartbeat, which was about 140 beats per something... At least I think that's what the doctor said. She sort of mumbled it, and I didn't think to ask her to repeat it. It didn't occur to me until afterward that I have a baby book that talks about the old wive's tale and the heart rate. It even gives ranges, so you can guess your baby's gender based on the heartbeat rate. Not that I believe it, but it is sort of fun. The other day I made Justin dangle his wedding ring over my belly on a "string" (the only thing we had available was a bra strap from one of those convertible bras that I will never use again) but the results were inconclusive at best. It's supposed to go in a circle or back and forth based on the gender of the baby. For us, it went back and forth and then in a circle. So either it didn't work, or we're having a baby that is both boy and girl...
I'm still a little bit in shock, as though the fact that I'm pregnant still hasn't sunk in. I'm feeling so much better these days, no more all-day nausea and generally yuckiness, and I'm starting to feel pregnant. I am noticing my belly more, and although I'm barely showing, it's exciting. I can still wear some of my regular pants, but I have to do the rubber band trick, or wear the belly sling over the top of them to hold them closed. I figure I'll be sick of the sight of my maternity clothes soon enough, so I should try and not wear them too much yet.
Justin has been very very wonderful, and is doing his best to make sure that I am comfortable (sleeping with a pregnant woman is not an easy task, since I kick, move around all the time and I'm constantly itchy...). He's a trooper, and I know he's going to make a wonderful father.