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K...13-week update...

The doctor is still happy with my weight gain or lack thereof. My vitals look good but my ankles were the slightest bit puffy.

My migraines have doubled in frequency and there's little that can be done that's safe. (Which is doctorese for, "lay there and hurt, sister!") He says we should expect that to change after 14 weeks.

Baby still firmly implanted low and to the left, except it is already causing shooting pains down my left leg. Another critter on my sciatic nerve! I worry because if it hurts this badly already, what will happen when I get to like February? EEK!!!!! They say I may have to do physical therapy, which imho is a joke (along with the textbook suggestion of "go exercise") because when you hurt too much to move, the LAST thing you feel like doing is moving!

Baby's heartbeat still loud and clear, at 159 beats per minute. (>160 usually indicates BOY, but we realize there could be enough error to make it 160 or even 161. That said, my daughter's was usually over 170.) So we have our first "boy clue" and I have to confess some disappointment (which is silly really because I'm primarily happy to get a healthy child at all).

Oddly, I guess I didn't realize how badly I wanted this baby to be a girl. It could still be a girl, pertinent to next month's sonogram, but I need to make peace with the idea of a boy baby now and then if it's a girl, I can be surprised. I've also started preparing my daughter, because I know she will be disappointed. My son, of course, is thrilled beyond belief but I have prepared him for the fact that things could change at the sonogram.
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