Consider the size differential in peppers. Ridiculous.
The biggest news of this week was that I had my regular doctor's appointment and anatomy ultrasound. When they scheduled my ultrasound for the same day as my appointment (to cut down on visits) they let me know that it was on the early end. But it was amazing how much we were able to see. Fingers. Toes. A nice healthy spine. Shaking hands. And more. And most importantly, everything looks normal and is measuring right on track. And baby was a jumping bean and would just not hold still. A huge change from 6 weeks ago when baby was comfortably asleep (or so it appeared)
Once the ultrasound technician finished the rest of the anatomy, she confirmed whether or not we wanted to know the gender. And then she let us know... It's a GIRL!!! (Cross your fingers that she got it right!) We didn't get great pictures because she was so fidgety, but here's a couple anyway.
We are so excited. Somehow this latest development makes things less abstract. It's hard to explain, but we are now thinking about specifics. I immediately started cleaning out the room that will eventually become the nursery, and we can now use pronouns. We've taken to calling her Whatshername until we start picking out names to try out for size.
The other big news this week is that we are looking at daycares. Insane, I know. But once our respective leaves are over, we'll have to take baby to daycare a few days a week. I've found that it is must easier to think about all of this in purely abstract terms; it's less stressful that way. We work opposite schedules and Rykert works 12 hour shifts, so we only really need part-time care. Unfortunately, not all centers offer part-time options. Which means we had to get in there as early as possible to reserve a part-time slot or we would end up paying for more care than we will actually need.