I only have a moment, but I wanted to thank all of you for your kind comments and support. It really means the world to me (and to John).
We had our appointment this afternoon. Everything looks good! We heard Bumble's heartbeat, which was measuring in the 150-160's - AND we got to schedule our big ultrasound, set for December 21. We're quite excited! It was amazing how much faster the nurse could find the heartbeat and how much stronger it sounded in just two weeks.
We'll get the results of the quad screen by next Friday. The doctor also ordered a comprehensive metabolic panel due to some crazy muscle stiffness I've been experiencing throughout my body. It's the strangest thing - when I start to move, my muscles stiffen up for a bit before I'm able to move normally. It's most noticeable when I stand up or when I start going up stairs. My legs will stiffen up and I'm not able to easily bend them for several seconds. I have also noticed it in my neck, arms, and hands. Once I get going, I'm fine, but it's pretty annoying. I know I'm well hydrated, so that isn't it. Do any of you smarty-pants have any idea what this could be? Have you ever heard of anything like this?
Oh - I should also mention that I used to get this in my legs, mostly when I was exercising a lot (like when I was training for a marathon), but it generally goes away when I'm not doing such intense activity or weight training. I've asked several doctors and my chiropractor about it and no one seems to have a clue what it could be. It has definitely been the most noticeable and significant during pregnancy though.
And I'm most definitely feeling Bumble move now. The most noticeable movements have been after eating a bit of very rich brownie - I guess the caffeine really got the kid going. But I'm also feeling more subtle movement after I eat or have juice, or when I lay down to take a rest.
I think we're off to a good start to the weekend.
edited to add - I did a little research, and what I'm experiencing seems an awful lot like this. Funny how I've tried to research this before but adding "pregnancy" into the search made it much easier to find information.