Monday, May 22, 2006

19 Weeks & the Surprises Keep Coming!

This post was moved here from another location. It was originally published May 22, 2006.

Well, it has been a few weeks since i last blogged. In that time, Keri's gotten less sick - still not easy (she's had to go on pretty strong anti-nausea medication that is given to chemo patients), but it does seem to be lightening just a bit. Her belly is definitely showing considerably - i'll have to put a picture up if she'll let me! [In other news I just got an article published in a peer-reviewed academic journal - very exciting!]

The work on our house is just about to commence - the builder says it should take 101 days (that's written in our contract), so with any luck, we might be moving back into our house by the time the babes are due. - though i'm not exactly sure when we will 'move in' during all that?!

We have gone on tours of hospital and gone to a twins workshop - we have another this week - which was really good. It was given by an obstetrician and paediatrician, both of which have twins. One of the big things we learned (pun intended), is that at 28 weeks, Keri will be about the same size and in the same state as a woman who is 36 weeks! We've been strongly advised to plan on her not working from that time.

About this time, the babies should be about 22 cm from head to toe (or 8.8 inches) and weigh about 340 grams (12 ounces).

The bones in their inner ears and their nerve endings are now developed to the point where it is possible for them to hear sounds, although their ears are not structurally complete until 24 weeks. (Studies carried out on the reactions of unborn babies to sound have shown that a few babies start responding to noise as early as 19 weeks, but by 26 weeks all babies will respond.) The sounds an unborn baby can hear include your heartbeat and breathing, the wind sounds from one's intestines and the sound of mom's voice, as well as other sounds around. - So i've been beginning (one sided) conversations with them - I imagine they'll get more oppinionated as they grow...

Well, now for what you've all been waiting for... the 19 Week Ultrasound!:

So yes, from what we were told last time round, we had two girls, and now, we have two boys! go figure. Admittedly, it was a bit of a shock and a readjustment to what we hand been preparing ourselves, but by the end of the day, we had completely shifted our perspectives and preparing for a unique experience (yet again!).

We spent last weekend at Keri's parent's beach house with friends (my birthday gathering), and here's a picture of Serge's 6.5 month old boy, Leonardo!:

Next week's blog: Unborn Babies Are Real People Too!


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