Thursday, August 7, 2008

Halfway Day

Today, Karin is 20 weeks pregnant. The official length of a full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks, which makes today the halfway point. We’re very happy to have made it this far, but of course there’s still a long way to go. It seems a little longer, too, when you do the math. As I’ve mentioned before, the 40 weeks of pregnancy are measured from the first day of the mother’s last period. That means that when you are “2 weeks pregnant” you may actually not be pregnant at all. You can only be 1 or 2 weeks pregnant retroactively. So, really, 18 weeks of actually being pregnant have passed and 20 still remain. And when you consider that we’ve only known we were expecting for about 15 weeks, It makes the remaining 20 seem a little longer. I should stop, though, because I don’t want to tarnish the milestone by over thinking it. Today is still a very important marker.

Our next important marker comes on this coming Tuesday, August 12th. On Tuesday afternoon, Karin and I will again walk over to Lancaster General Hospital (only about 3 blocks from our house) for her second ultrasound. The first one was very exciting. It was out first chance to get a undeniable evidence that there is, in fact, a tiny little person in there. We’ve reached the point now where Karin has tiny little kicks and movements to prove it’s in there (they’re still not strong enough for me to feel), but getting to see it again will be great. Of course, the most exciting part of this ultrasound is that it should allow us to stop referring to the Tadpole as “it.” As long as our little fetus cooperates, we should be able to tell what the gender is.

Fear not: when we know, boy or girl, I will let you know. But be warned, I won’t announce it until we have official word from the doctor. We have been cautioned that, while the ultrasound tech may (and likely will, if it’s obvious) point out the baby’s gender, that the official word comes from the doctor, probably the day after. So sit tight. As soon as we have that official word, I will tell you, but it may not be till Wednesday, maybe even Thursday.


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