Okay, well, maybe we actually knew that already, but I this is the ultrasound scan during which people usually find out the baby's gender :-) We, however, are not. This is a rare plan these days--so rare, in fact, that in my OB/GYN's practice, which includes five doctors and hundreds of patients, there are only 3 or 4 other women electing not to find out the sex, according to the ultrasound technician. We feel good about our choice, though, after debating for many weeks (and right up until we went into the ultrasound room!) and are excited about the great surprise we're going to get come May/June.
I started feeling the baby move very sporadically about two weeks ago, but because the first movements feels like odd little flutters or bubbles couldn't be 100% sure it was the baby. That all changed just last night! As I was trying to go to sleep, Baby T was apparently waking up! This time I could tell that the flutters were definitely Baby and most likely kicks, as they were repetitive and in the same spot. I felt Baby again after getting up to use the bathroom around 1:30/2:00 a.m. and he or she was wide awake--therefore, so was I for the next ten minutes or so! It was so exciting, and I can't wait until Travis can feel the movements, too!
Baby T is weighing in at around 8 ounces and measures around 8 inches long! Baby is really growing!
Baby Tyson at 18 weeks 5 days looking...pensive?
Little fist tucked under chin and thinking hard!
Today's ultrasound was the routine 18-20 week fetal development scan. This is the time when they check that all is going and growing well, and our little one passed with flying colors. The technician pointed out to us Baby's stomach, bladder, kidneys, heart (all four chambers), cerebellum, umbilical cord, nose, lips, toes, and fingers. The only thing she kept quiet on was the sex. We made sure as soon as we walked in to let her know we are waiting to find out the gender, and she recommended that when I check in for all future appointments that I remind the nurses so that no one slips up and spills the beans. We got several pictures and had a DVD made of the 15+ minute scan. There is a definite crotch shot in the video after the tech showed us how Baby had his/her legs stretched up over his/her head, but neither of us can tell the gender from the view. Hmmmm....maybe that means girl, since there's nothing obvious to see? Although, so far, all the people who have told me their guess based on the previous ultrasound photos think Baby is a boy. LOL. We shall see.
Anyway, below find Baby Tyson's 18 week photos and some video clips of today's scan...
|Baby Tyson in profile...|
|Baby T folded in half!|
|Baby T's first footprint!|