Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby's skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might actually get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.
It's been a relatively uneventful week. OB appt was last Thursday. Dr. S pulled out the doppler and carried on a conversation with Dan, all the while I was trying not to freak out as I couldn't hear the heartbeat. I kept thinking WHY ARE THEY STILL TALKING when there is no noise coming from my uterus???!!! She finally moved the little microphone over a bit and there was the sound I love:-)
At 15 weeks I was up 10 pounds. From 15-19 weeks, I only gained .2 pounds, so I'm now where she wanted me to be weight-wise (~10 pounds at 20 weeks). Holy crap, 20 weeks! I am attributing my lack of weight gain in the past 4 weeks to my serious lack of appetite. I have always wondered what that was like (having no appetite) and now I know. In particular, I have serious meat aversions. Dan grilled a few weeks ago, pork steaks, brats and steak kabobs. It sounded good in theory, but to actually put it in my mouth? Not so much.
Anyhoo...BIG u/s is on Thursday. To say I am on pins and needles is an understatement. I have no real feelings as to boy or girl, so we'll just have to wait and see. I know several of our peeps definately have an opinion on what they hope McBaby will be.
Once we know boy/girl, THEN I can start planning the nursery and doing other fun planning things.