Today, I'm 16 weeks and 2 days and feeling good. I had my first OB appointment (no ultrasound) this morning and thankfully things went really well. My doctor spoiled me with ultrasounds every 2 weeks during my first trimester to ease my mind, and now I'm just a regular 'ol patient. I'll be going every 4 weeks until I get closer to the end and then it becomes every week. My next appointment isn't until April 20th, and I'll be over 20 weeks, so hopefully they will perform the much-anticipated gender ultrasound at that time!
We did get to hear the heartbeat today by doppler... it was a beautiful sound as always. 156- right where it should be. They found it higher than I thought it would be and also very far to the left. All my blood tests from last time were normal which was great news and my doctor felt fine about our trip to Mexico. He said to stay hydrated with bottled water, to stretch my legs on the flight, and for me to wear tons of sunscreen while we are there- apparently pregnant woman burn easily.
This week, the baby is over 3 and a half ounces and almost 4 and half inches in length- the size of a large avacado. He/She is getting ready to experience a growth spurt over the next three weeks doubling in weight and adding another 2 inches in length! It's circulatory system and urinary tract are working, along with it's little heart, which is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, (good job, baby!) and it's even started growing toenails. We continue to get more and more excited each day... can't wait to share this little life with all of our friends and family!