(above) It's hard to tell, but you can see her chin and mouth on the white blob on the right - shows that she doesn't have a cleft palette.
(above) Kyra's arm, with her hand up near her face
We had our 23-week special ultrasound screening this morning, where they check the baby's vital organs and development. Kyra is doing great, and everything looks perfect! As my Mom has always said, ever since I was a little girl, "she has everything she needs and it all works right." So I'm feeling pretty good about that! Kyra is currently weighing in at 1 lb. 5 oz. Average delivery weight for a girl is 7 1/2 lbs, so we'll continue to see how big she gets at our future check ups. In honor of my Dad, who was an OB-GYN with terrible cursive handwriting (but very legible printing skills), I decided to preserve the doctor's scribbled notes on the scanned ultrasound pics above. :-)
I also included some bump pics from last Thursday (I was nearly 23 weeks), which were taken just before we headed out to Kyra's first Lakers game! (Thanks again Phil for taking us all to the game!) She's destined to be a fan, just like her Mommy and her Uncle Jay, and she already has her first hand-me-down Lakers onesie from her cousins - perfect for Playoffs next Spring! My tummy is getting steadily bigger. During the upcoming 6th month, according to What To Expect When You're Expecting, Kyra will double in size! My belly button looks like it's getting closer and closer to popping out - as Geoff says, I'm working on my snooze button!
Next up, we'll begin looking at pediatricians for Kyra. Our childbirth classes start in a couple weeks, so we're looking forward to those. The baby prep continues around the house this week, and Grandma Carol and Grandpa Phil (*we're still waiting on their chosen official titles) are coming up on Sunday to help with a few projects. One of my goals this week is to finalize the nursery paint color and find a cute pink damask wallpaper to use for accents in the room. As an Interior Design grad student, I'm definitely enjoying the nursery design aspect of having a baby!
At the recommendation of my doctors, I think I've decided to go forward with getting the seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccines, so now I just need to track them down! My doctor's office is still out of them, but I should get preferential treatment at clinics around town since I'm pregnant.
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