Today I’ve hit fifteen weeks and, according to The Bump, the baby is about the size of an orange. Here’s the blurb from The Bump:
Continuing the march towards normal proportions, baby’s legs now outmeasure the arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetus is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably still can’t feel the movements.
I definitely can’t feel any movements yet – and I probably won’t be able to for a while – but I’m so excited to hit that milestone! In the meantime, I think I can hear some movements… I bought an inexpensive fetal doppler off of eBay last week and it arrived yesterday. I was so excited to use it – but had low expectations for hearing anything meaningful since I’d been told that I’m “tipped” (which means the baby is positioned more towards my back than normal) and also I have some, ahem, extra padding. But I was pleasantly surprised last night when I used the doppler for the first time and actually heard the heart beat! It did take some searching around, but I found it and was able to calculate a heart rate between 155 and 160 – which is what it was at the last couple of appointments. While I was looking for the heart beat, I heard some random swishing noises – which, I think, according to Google, could have been the baby moving. Of course, it could have been the sound of my blood flowing. Regardless, it was really cool to be able to get an auditory peek in there and amazing to be able to hear Baby’s heart beating!
I’m getting a little thicker now, and I can tell that it’s Baby and not bad eating choices (lol). I’d been using my BeBand for a little while, mostly for comfort, but now I can tell that the only pants that will close are the pants that were big to begin with. I wouldn’t say that I’m showing yet – if anything, I’m sure I just look fatter. Weeee. Ah well. It’s working out for me because, while my boss and the girl who sits next to me know at work, no one else does yet. They’re all guys and guys are so awkward about pregnancy so I figure the longer they don’t know, the less awkward conversations we’ll have.
I’m looking forward to next week – I’ll be 16 weeks, which means that I’ll have four months behind me and I’ve got my next doctor appointment. We should schedule my big anatomy scan ultrasound after that appointment. We’re not planning on finding out the gender, but I’m still really excited for that ultrasound because it’s another sneak peek at the baby!