26 weeks: Ultrasound! {pregnancy update}

Well, we did it.  I found a way to finagle a free ultrasound, and we jumped on the opportunity.  I’m telling about the ultrasound here, and it’s not finished yet, so we haven’t exactly made a public announcement about the baby’s gender yet.  If you’re really dying to know you’ll find a clear and unencrypted announcement in an older post, but I’m not telling where.
In the meantime, we have started the name discussion about 14 weeks early this time.  We have not known the gender ahead of time with any of our living children, so this could be interesting.  Usually we don’t even try to nail down a name until very near the duedate, and then we know that half of the decision is a “throwaway” since we pick names for both genders.  This time we could actually make the decision ahead of time – assuming we weren’t just fooled by the ultrasound pics.  I know mistakes happen, and I also know we were leaning heavily on the nurse’s input, although the gender seemed clear when she pointed it out.
I have to admit I’m a little disappointed that we peeked at our surprise ahead of time.  Of course there’s nothing wrong with finding out, and it was too much to resist at the time, but I can’t help feeling like I cheated just a tiny bit.  I really do feel like I opened my Christmas gift ahead of time and then wrapped it up again.  I can’t wait to hold this little one on the outside and it will be fun to call the baby by name so soon, but I think I’ll try to resist next time.   In spite of that, I have no regrets this time.  I’m glad to confirm how I suspected I might feel, and now I can say with certainty that I prefer not knowing until the birth.
Belly pics
Have I mentioned that we’ve been busy with  big household projects for the past week?  I didn’t find time for a belly pic on Tuesday, but will try to add one later this week.
Baby at 26 weeks
  • The baby measures 14 inches long and weighs over 1.7 pound.
  • The baby’s eyes begin to open around this time.
  • Touching and playing with the baby is possible now, as they may respond to your touch through your belly wall.
  • more
This stage is so much fun!  Movement is getting stronger all the time.  Baby is big enough that I often feel and even see an elbow, foot or knee move across the front of my belly.  Of course I knew all along, but seeing movement on the outside really drives home the fact that there is a real, complete, person living inside me!  I don’t feel huge and awkward yet, but am actually looking forward to entering the next (last!) trimester in spite of the discomforts that will accompany those last months.
Exercise
Last week, I was hoping to walk 3 miles/session (not necessarily every day) and get my speed up to 3.5 mph.  However, I found that the more I pushed my speed and distance, the more pain I had in my left hip – not the side that normally bothers me.  It was so consistent that I wasn’t able to walk some days, hobbling around the house instead of hitting the pavement.
Because of this, I decided to postpone my speed/distance goals and add weights instead.  Over the past week, I walked a more leisurely 2 miles while carrying a 5 lb. dumbbell in each hand.  I like the way it’s working out – I needed some upper body toning, and because of the pain in my hip I realized that I didn’t need to wait on other goals to begin this.
I’m also amazed at how much more intense a walk can be when I’m swinging relatively light weights as I go.  Five pounds may not sound like much, but I find myself breathing heavily almost immediately even when I walk at a slower pace than usual, and my arms and shoulders feel like they’ve had a good workout by the time I am done.
I’m not ignoring the hip, though.  It does still twinge after about a mile, and by the time I reach the end of my 2 miles I am ready to be done.  I think it’s getting better, but if it doesn’t I’ll be at the chiropractor soon.
One more thing: I know I have complained about how big I am this time – and I really have been measuring bigger than average – but I think exercise is helping somewhat.  I think part of the reason I felt so big was lazy posture.  I have noticed that I stand a little straighter and hold myself differently when I’ve been walking regularly, and when I look down I see a little less belly in front.  Baby is still growing and my measurements are increasing at every prenatal visit, but it just looks more “normal” to me now that I’m back to walking regularly.  I also have almost no back aches now, which I think makes perfect sense if my posture is better.
Your turn
What’s new and exciting for you this time?
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Comments

  1. Exciting to hear how well you are doing! (Although, I am a little jealous :) my little one was only a week behind but he/she was born at 13 weeks) But I am excited for each and every little blessing God gives! Each child is a miracle and it is fun to see how you are celebrating the milestones! Take care of yourself!

  2. KatelynG says:

    Found it the first try! Very nice…….
    Congrats y’all!

  3. Found it, congratulations! With my two, the sonographer happily pointed away at fuzzy bits on the screens saying look obviously a boy/a girl but I could never make out what she/he was looking at. They were right each time, though.

    My second pregnancy was high risk and I had many many ultrasounds (and a fetal MRI) it was amazing to both feel and see my daughter kick at the same time. Such a wonderful feeling even when it felt like see was trying to escape via my shoulder.

  4. Very easy to find! My guess was right! Congratulations:)

  5. Congratulations Kim! I haven’t been on here for awhile, we had our little guy on June 16th, SO glad he is here :) Bless you Kim! http://www.chrisandjenni.com

  6. Love your updates, as always! Do you have a prenatal yoga class near you? A good teacher should be able to help you work with your hip pain (In general, stabilization is key–pregnancy hormones do a great job of making the pelvic ligaments super lax, and engaging/stabilizing the surrounding muscles evenly and constantly often helps to relieve hip/pelvis pain. I’m nowhere near you, but in most areas you can find reasonably priced classes through community centers, churches, or the local Y (even if you’re not a member).

  7. Yay! I found it and I’m so happy for y’all!

  8. Kim,

    I confess that I had “help” to find the baby’s gender–I am so non-intuitive about these kinds of searches. My eyes just glaze over with every VF treasure hunt!

    But…I won’t say how I got help–but I bet someone else figured it out too!:)

    Krista

  9. Jessica says:

    Finally found it! Yay! That’s what I suspected too :)

  10. After multiple attempts to find your “hidden announcement”, I finally found it. Congrats!!!
    This whole pregnancy has been different for me. We had a little trouble conceiving and then several bumps along the way (genetic/chromosomal concerns, placenta previa concerns, leaking fluid concerns, pre-term labor). Also, I could swear I am bigger with this pregnancy than with my first two and far more uncomfortable. Now at almost 36 weeks, I am hoping to be taken off bed rest and meds soon and meet our little one. We know what we are having, but have elected not to be super public about it. Family and close friends who wanted to know have been told and those who didn’t want to know, don’t know. I feel like we cheated a little, too. However, it was hard to miss on the multiple ultrasounds that we have had to have (we’ll have to discuss modesty once he/she is on the outside:-).
    Once again, congrats! Children are truly a blessing and I love to find women who embrace all aspects of this (pregnancy and child rearing).

  11. I finally found it! Previously I had checked your “About” page and “transaction results,” which both seemed logical to me, but I had forgotten about that one! Congratulations!

  12. I was gonna say, you should have that hip checked out if it bothers you that often. It might be nothing, but then again you’re gonna be growing daily and if it’s something that needs attention, you might wanna get that done sooner rather than later.

    One thing I haven’t seen you mention is how you feel about knowing it isn’t twins. Were you upset, disappointed, relieved, or none of the above?

    • Arlene, I was so excited about the ultrasound itself that I forgot to be disappointed that there were no twins to be seen. I didn’t really expect to see twins anyway, and I have to admit I’m more than a little relieved as well. One baby at a time is plenty for me, though I would be excited to welcome twins if the opportunity ever comes.

  13. Melissa says:

    :) I found it before you posted this, so congratulations, you’re having what I thought!

    New in my pregnancy is……. My midwife wants an ultrasound to rule out…..twins, LOL. I’m 26 weeks, not measuring big, we haven’t found two heartbeats, but something is just not “normal” for my pregnancies, even though everything is completely normal… and I can’t kick that feeling there might be a second in there. She’s been voting twins since I was 6 Weeks, so we’ll see, when I figure out where we’re going to get said scan done.

  14. I guessed right! Congratulations!

    Can’t wait to hear about names!

  15. Found it! It’s pretty obvious which post it’s in, actually :)

  16. I found it on my first try, too! And, it matched my own guess! Many congrats.

  17. Lois Groat says:

    All I found is that you say, “Oh, boy!” and “our daughter” about equally. Which is no help at all.

  18. angie munn says:

    Ha! I found the post on the first try! But I won’t tell. Congratulations!

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