I had to double-check my pregnancy Excel sheet to see how many weeks along I was. I hardly can believe that I am pregnant, except I definitely am showing now and I've been feeling movement for the past several weeks. Here's what my belly looks like right now. I don't know how people manage to take nice self-portraits because I was contorting myself and took about 30 shots in a mirror and still only came up with this:
I've been a bit anxious--probably unwarranted--because I still haven't been able to find heart tones with my fetoscope. With my first two, I found heart tones easily and consistently at 15-16 weeks. But with this pregnancy, I'm hearing tons of placental sounds and maternal heart beats...and nothing else. A few times I swear I heard something for a second or two, and then it disappeared. Almost as if the baby were playing hide-and-seek.
All (measurable) vitals look good, according to my nerdy Excel sheet. I do my own "prenatal checkups" about once a week. I chart weight, blood pressure, fundal height, heart tones, & exercise. I also keep tabs on things like swelling, quality of sleep, varicose veins, nutrition, how I'm feeling in general, etc...I love being able to see how things are changing and developing. So for me, the clinical part of midwife visits is a formality--I already know most or all of what's going on!
Just for kicks, a random picture of Zari.