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Katie's Pregnancy Journal

Week 17 ~ March 31, 2008
~ Snips, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails

4D Face and HandsThis week had a lot of big moments, the biggest being our anatomy scan, which was today at the bright and early time of 6:45 AM. We had originally scheduled it so that my husband could go to work afterward, but we ended up taking the entire day off so that we could start our registries and spend the day together celebrating.

I didn't get much (any) sleep last night, because I was just too nervous and excited. Of course, most people associate the anatomy scan with the fun of finding out the gender of the baby. For me, I wanted to see that the baby was healthy and had all of its parts.

Our technician was really nice and asked us if we wanted to know the sex of the baby. We said that we did and on the goop went. Immediately, the baby profile popped up, and the heart was beating away beautifully. As always, when I see that image, I started to cry, tears of happiness and relief. She went down the body, measuring heart, bladder, kidneys, and stomach.

Baby ProfileFinally, she got to the area in question . . . but there wasn't really any question about it. Our little one proudly showed us that he is a boy! More tears from me, of course, and a big grin from my husband. We had no preference either way, but it is still so nice to know that he is healthy and I am still wrapping my mind around the fact that we are having a son.

I have some fears about being a mother to a son. I am worried that after all we have been through, I might hover too much and make a momma's boy out of him. My husband says he will make sure that I don't, and I will try to watch myself, but I still worry. I guess that is what mothers do best.

I have been feeling a lot more movement this week and it is a wonderful reassurance. I have even gotten a few solid kicks. They still catch me by surprise. I can't wait until my husband can feel them, too!

~ Katie

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