Last week I had a bunch of people ask whether we were going to find out the sex of the baby and I couldn't help but give a long, rambly answer about my less-than-forthcoming ultrasound tech and I certainly didn't come across as "yay, boy #3!" The lack of certainty (at least for me -- Dan figured that the tech guessed boy, so it's a boy) was making me crazy and I found an elective ultrasound place that would do a quick 2D u/s for gender confirmation. I wasn't willing to get a fancy 4D u/s where I'd go home with a video set to music -- I just wanted to know boy or girl with the minimum amount of u/s exposure. But 10 minutes and $75 won me over so I brought my mom and we saw on a giant screen that it's definitely boy number three! It is so nice to know for sure and not wonder a little bit whether I should really be getting a few girls' things just in case. I got back the rest of the 0-3 month and 3-6 month clothes from my SIL and had fun sorting through everything -- I do like the clothes the older boys wore and I'm glad to have the chance to use them again, with some newly-sewn and purchased things to replace the stuff that doesn't look too good after 2 children.
I had a prenatal at 22w3d that went well. I brought Leo since I knew it would be a shorter appointment and figured he'd enjoy hearing the baby's heartbeat. He ended up getting to hold the Doppler button. My weight was officially up 9 lbs, b/p 100/52, with the baby's fundal height 24cm and heartrate in the 160's. One of the midwives left the three midwife practice, so we talked a bit about what that means for the practice. I was sort of bummed because I'd connected the most with her, but I don't have a problem with the others. Yesterday I heard that the head midwife fired the other midwife so that's more disconcerting. It's four weeks (from now, at 28w3d) until my next appointment, so there's some time for things to settle down before then. The head midwife ran the practice alone for years before bringing the other two in last year, so she can handle it, although I suspect she has more clients than she would have taken as a solo practice. If it turns out that the whole situation has gotten too crazy, I'll have to decide whether to find a family practice doc who delivers at this (closest) hospital -- I hear only the midwives do water-births there, so that would be disappointing -- or go to my SIL's hospital where she'd have connections and make sure I was treated well (but the midwife group has 8 CNM's, some of whom are med-wives, and they don't do water-births), or the downtown hospital (which also has a large midwife group, but does do waterbirths). I just want the option of a waterbirth while having a natural-birth-oriented practice and few enough practitioners to get to know all of them. It's too much to ask, apparently.
The baby is really growing -- his kicks and movements are notably stronger lately. Both Peter and Leo have felt him move now, which was pretty cool. I enjoy feeling around to try to name the bumps and lumps. During the u/s a week ago, he was head-down, which is a good sign. I wouldn't have worried if he wasn't yet, but I'll take good positioning at any point.
I saw a prenatal chiropractor on Friday to see if she could make my wobbly hips and periodic tailbone discomfort go away. She knows the Webster technique, and after Peter's long posterior labor, I'll be very grateful for a baby facing the right direction. I think she helped some -- it's hard to tell because I'm not hurting really, I just feel out of whack after sitting a long time or when I try pushing heavy grocery carts and whatnot. I'm willing to pay a $20 copay every couple weeks for 4 months to keep from feeling worse.
The second trimester is treating me well. I feel pretty good, I can eat whatever, my hemorrhoid hasn't bothered me since it appeared 2 months ago, the never-ending bleeding pretty much stopped two weeks ago, I don't need to nap to get through the day. It's weird to realize that the third trimester is only a few weeks away. My neighbor lent me all her summer maternity clothes and I'm now far more stylishly dressed than I normally am. The BeBand lets me wear a lot of my normal shirts, too, which is so handy compared to previous pregnancies. My belly has grown enough that it's very obvious that I'm pregnant now (although the preschool screening lady didn't realize it even after talking to me for awhile in a loose shirt, so I must not be enormous). My shirts are starting to attract food and cat hair and provide a shelf for things when necessary. I realized that if I'd gotten pregnant right when we started trying (like what happened with the first two pregnancies), I would have had a baby earlier this month. Weird.