At this point in my pregnancy, I start meeting other doctors within the practice, so yesterday I saw Dr. Fleming. She was very nice and told me that Abby looks just perfect, which is what she is always happy to tell parents. I was so relieved to hear that everything looks great! She even said Abby's size is great too, which is wonderful because at the last appointment Dr. Horton mentioned that she was measuring a little small. My blood pressure was perfect (for me!) too at 116/68. The one thing Dr. Fleming did talk about is gaining the appropriate amount of weight throughout the remainder of my pregnancy. On my scale at home, I am still down ten pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight, but I wasn't weighed at the OB until I was already 8 weeks and had lost some weight, so according to them I am negative three pounds. Dr. Fleming said a good goal is to be at or slightly above my pre-pregnancy weight by my next appointment in 4 weeks. That seems very doable to me, without being too much to gain, so I'm ok with the 3 pounds. It almost seemed as though Dr. Fleming thought that I was restricting my food intake, which is definitely not the case!! I eat ALL the time, I just eat small portions and kind of graze throughout the day on snacks like an Odwalla smoothie, yogurt, string cheese, a few crackers, etc. My theory is that my body will start gaining the weight it needs to when it's ready, and in the meantime I plan to continue eating just as I have been, which means eating when I'm hungry and stopping when I'm full. I think that will work just fine!
Here are some pictures from yesterday's ultrasound:
I just love her cute little profile! The last very exciting thing that happened yesterday is that Dave was finally able to feel the baby kicking! The last couple of days her kicks have been much more noticeable to me, so early yesterday morning I was trying to see if they could be felt from the outside, and sure enough, I felt her little thumps against my hand. I called Dave into the room really quick and had him put his hand on my belly. It took a few minutes, but he finally got to feel one of her little kicks :) It made me so happy! She has been kicking super low lately, and especially likes to kick me when I'm sitting down. Yesterday at work her movements were actually tickling me so bad that I laughed out loud! I can't wait to see how her movements will feel different to me (and Dave!) in the weeks ahead as she starts to really gain some weight and grow.