The ultrasound

This morning was our big 20-week ultrasound! For some reason I was nervous for it. Nervous-excited I guess.

Unfortunately, about 15 minutes after our scheduled appointment time, my doctor came running out through the waiting area and told us she had to go do a delivery. Obviously, you can’t plan these things, so we patiently waited for another hour or so, and before we knew it, it was time for the big show.

It’s always so incredibly exciting just to hear the heartbeat, so seeing the baby and hearing the heartbeat at the same time was such a treat. How strange to learn exactly what position the baby is in, and where his or her head and legs are positioned inside me. It makes it so much more real.

My favorite picture from the ultrasound is probably this one, of a tiny foot.

I also love how in this one you can see the little fists positioned above the head like a boxer.

Overall, I was surprised by how… abstract the images on the screen were. It took some pretty tough concentration from us and detailed explanation from our doctor for us to have any idea what we were looking at. I wouldn’t say it was disappointing, because it still was an amazing experience, but it was a bit less clear than I was expecting.

Of course I realized as we were walking out that I forgot to ask her to turn on the 3D capabilities! That would have been exciting to see.

We will actually be getting one more ultrasound, because my doctor wants to check and see if the placenta has moved away from the cervix later on in the pregnancy (she is confident that it will move). That will be a quick and easy one, but still something to look forward to.

We did not, as I mentioned before, find out whether we’re having a boy or a girl. I was warned that sometimes the doctor still looks to see the sex, but ours didn’t (or if she by any slim chance did, she didn’t tell us and we couldn’t tell), so it kind of makes me happy that we’ll all be surprised at the same time (and we aren’t missing out on some secret that anyone who looks at my file will know).

On the way back from the doctor, we spotted a baby rummage sale, which brings me to my next milestone of the day: I bought my first baby items! The sale was all very pink and girly clothing, so I only found a few gender-neutral items, but it was still quite fun and exciting (plus, I love a good deal). I’ll share some pictures tomorrow.

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