Here we are in our seventh month of pregnancy. Some days I can't believe I'm already in the third trimester. Other days, I remember how loooooong those 17 weeks of all-day nausea felt. But I feel great now. I have energy and I can still do aerobics every week. I may not look as graceful doing it these days, but at least I'm still trying! Ha, ha. I feel like by belly grows more every day. I don't mind it too much except when I'm trying to sit up or when I bend down to pick things up. I have to hold my breath and grunt. Feels silly. :)
Abby Kate is on the move often. We watch her from the outside, kicking, rolling and hiccuping. She likes to stomp on my bladder sometimes which may get very uncomfortable as she grows bigger and bigger! We are so excited to meet her and bring her home. We're almost done with the nursery. I can't wait to post pictures of it here. But I want to wait until we put the finishing touches on it first. I go in there all the time just to look at the furniture and all the baby stuff.
According to what I've read, the baby measures about 9.2 inches from crown to rump and weighs almost 2 pounds now. Her hearing is fully developed. As the baby reacts to sounds, her pulse increases. She will even move in rhythm to music. Lungs are still growing but are not yet mature. Patterns of her brain waves appear like a full-term newborn. She also has patterns of sleeping and waking. Even if born prematurely today, she would likely survive.
We had a doctor's appointment on Monday. Dr. Branton said everything looks great. We get to have another ultrasound in a few weeks because they found I have a low-lying placenta. The doctor said it's absolutely nothing to worry about. We're just happy we get to see her again on the monitor! I'll be sure to post a picture.