Baby Barto: Week 20

me at week 20: My first heartburn strikes! It only happened once and was well-deserved. It was the night of Thanksgiving, and we ate a beautiful, HUGE meal at my family’s house. I just ate way too much, and heartburn kicked in.

I do notice that I go through surges of hunger. For example, I had spaghetti with marinara sauce (one of my very few cravings) for lunch one Sunday, and afterward, felt like I had eaten nothing at all! I listened to my body in that case and had another helping. I figure as long as I’m not doing that all of the time, I’m OK. It really only happens once in a while, where I have insatiable hunger.

On the topic of cravings – it’s just been pasta. However, I really have a penchant for spaghetti with marinara (with/without meatsauce or meatballs) and noodles with broth … Ramen cups are perfect for this 🙂 Several times, I’ve made a cup of ramen, then steamed a bag of Steamfresh mixed veggies … then I’ll mix the two together. I feel better about the situation when there’s a ton of veggies involved.

The sciatica pain is still there and painful – but only sometimes.

I have been keeping up with a workout routine as much as possible. It’s been difficult during this time because the end of the quarter is so stressful at work. I go to weekly prenatal yoga (I love to walk there – only 2 blocks away!), jog a couple times a week, do pregnancy DVDs (borrowed from Becca – thanks again), and do stretches before bed with Michael. The stretches include cat-cows, squats, and the pigeon pose (opens up the hip joints … it’s painful at first, but after you ease into it, it feels amazing).

Baby Barto at week 20:  She weighs about 10.5 ounces now, and is around 10 inches from head to heel … hello chiquita! She’s swallowing more, which is good practice for her digestive system. She’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in her bowels, and we’ll hopefully be so lucky to see this in her diapers during the first week after birth.


(Baby Barto: Week 19.) It’s a …

… sweet baby girl!

{ before we went to the ultrasound }

The ultrasound started looking down at her head. It was funny, because we saw her head, and that was easy to comprehend, but then we saw, very clearly, a foot. She was actually in a pike position, with her feet above her head! Silly girl 🙂 It was pretty cute. From this perspective, we could also see her hands covering her face. Apparently we caught her in a shy mood.

Then the tech moved down from her head, looking at cross-sections of her torso (looking for specific organs, such as the gallbladder and kidneys – both healthy!).  The tech got down to her toosh, circled the two white lines down there and told us she is a girl! I immediately got emotional. It was a really special moment for us that I’ll remember forever.

Little girl was turned on her side such that we got some great shots her looking right at us (with her hands still in front of her face, and – though you can’t see it in these shots – her feet still above her head).

The tech was so amazing, and tried pretty hard to get the typical profile shot. She had me turn on my left side, then my right side … I massaged my belly a bit … little girl was very stubborn and not turning for anything 🙂 At one point, she started to turn, but in the wrong direction. The tech was so nice to spend the extra time just to get a shot. She got a semi-side profile picture … you can just see the tip of her little nose.

The ultrasounds have been one of my favorite parts during the pregnancy. You only get a couple of chances to get a glimpse at the person you created before they are actually born. After the ultrasound, I was on cloud 9 and didn’t want to do anything but celebrate. We went to Panera for lunch (celebration!) and then I went to work.

me at week 19: My bump is starting to pop! At this point, I can’t wear regular pants anymore, but I can still wear several of my regular tops. I’m so lucky to have 2 great sisters-in-law, who have lent me some of their maternity clothes. Tina lent me her maternity winter coat and Becca lent me all of her maternity clothes … and 99% of it fits! I’m so lucky. I especially love the fact that the Gap jeans fit … that saved me a lot of money right there. So far, thanks to those hand-me-downs and gift cards, I’ve only spent a small amount on some other essentials for work.

I really don’t have anything to complain about. During this week. I flew to Paris for a week. The plane ride there was a bit rough because I was in coach. Even though I was in the “economy plus” seats, I could not get comfortable for the life of me, since reclining the seat still put me on my back, creating more pressure on my legs. I wanted to turn on my side, but it’s near impossible in a seat! Not complaining too loud, though … I was lucky to have the experience to go to Paris. And, on the way back, I lucked out and was in business class. More on that later!

Baby Barto at week 19:  She weighs about 8.5 oz and measures 6 inches head to bottom, about the size of an heirloom tomato (very specific). Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. The hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.  A lot of sensory development is happening this week: her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear our voice now. Oh dear … that means she may now know how goofy her parents are. Better she get used to it now.

Baby Barto: Week 18

{ in the morning before leaving for Paris for work. }

me at week 18: Again… no complaints! My bump is still pretty tiny. I feel our little chiquita move more frequently. This week, I felt him/her kick pretty definitively. Michael felt one or two kicks during the couple of days after he got home from hunting and before I left for Paris.

I’m itching to start on things like daycare research, nursery decorating, etc, but life has been pretty busy. Work, travel, kitchen design decisions and car shopping are dominating the brain cells. Daycare research is starting to happen in earnest, though, since things start to fill up fast!

Baby Barto at week 18: She is now about 5 1/2 inches long, like a bell pepper. He’s busy flexing his arms and legs (see above!). His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from his head a bit. If she’s a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If he’s a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

monster carrots & miniscule pears

Mmmm, baby carrots.


That is no baby.

Baby carrot companies, I’m on to you.

You said they were baby carrots. Not amputated adult carrots.


..and then, this. I was in our beloved Dorothy Lane Market recently and came across this puzzling little pear (next to a regular, big-brother pear).

It’s called a Seckel pear.

It was very yummy 🙂


Baby Barto: Week 17

… wow, it’s been a while! Here are some posts I had been working on, but never published. I’ll be playing catch-up over the next few days. Life has been a bit crazy in the Barto household!

{ my photographer is still hunting 🙂 }

me at week 17: Not too much to report! I feel pretty normal (good news). My bump isn’t too prevalent, but definitely beginning to make its presence known. This leads to some quizzical looks (especially from men) at work. I just let them wonder. I only really “announced” it in a one-on-one with my boss and then to my small team in a staff meeting.

My sciatic nerve is still feeling a bit of pressure. This week I went to a chiropractor for the first time, who specializes in prenatal care. She’s also a doula and childbirth instructor. She adjusted my hip bones, some misalignments in my mid-back, neck, as well as hands (all joints tend to get flexy during pregnancy). During pregnancy, the bones and ligaments spread in order to make room for the growing baby and prepare for delivery. If the pelvis is misaligned, it could make it difficult for Baby Barto to get into the best possible position for delivery. She also gave me some exercises to help alleviate/anticipate any pain. I think I would most do anything to help make for a better delivery.:)

Baby Barto at week 17: He is about 5 inches long from head to bottom and weighs about 5 ounces.  Her skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord is growing stronger and thicker. He can move her joints, and his sweat glands are starting to develop. She’s still continuing her movements… just little flutters here and there.