I am so excited that I get to post this. This week, we had two scheduled ultrasounds. The first was the nuchal translucency scan, which determines whether or not the baby appears to have Down Syndrome. Ashley and I were not really concerned regarding this, because Down Syndrome certainly wouldn’t be something that would cause us to terminate this pregnancy, but hell, it’s an ultrasound and we’re addicted to them now! The second is scheduled for Friday and it’s our last one with ACFS (sadness!)
Today, we went in for our ultrasound and were SUPER excited to find out that we would be getting some 4D scans! We weren’t expecting that. I was also worried that our tech wouldn’t check for the sex. I’ve read a couple things online and people have mentioned that their sonographers wouldn’t even look, just because there was such a high chance of error. We were hoping we would get lucky because she is 14 weeks tomorrow and this office is using some pretty high tech equipment. We started the scan out with a very sleepy baby (usually we can’t keep it still) and she took some great measurements of the baby’s heart, head and neck. We tried really hard to get a good shot at the face, but the baby was hiding it’s face in the placenta whenever we looked. When we asked, she was more than happy to take a look at the genitals to give us her opinion. As she passed over it, we saw that there was DEFINITELY something clearly visible!! She said that if she had to give it a number, her certainty was 85% that we were having a….. you’ll see! When we switched over to a vaginal ultrasound and checked out the 4D images, it definitely showed us that we are indeed having what we thought…
A BOY! We are so overjoyed!! After the ultrasounds, we had a consultation with Dr. Russell. who is our perinatologist. When we went into the office, Ashley slammed the ultrasound images down on the desk and asked, “DO YOU SEE A PENIS!?” to which the very hilarious Dr. Russell replied, “Of course I see a penis, you don’t need a degree to see that penis!” (We’ve already been told that we’re saying “penis” too much. I don’t care at all. I love that little penis. It’s the cutest little penis I’ve ever seen!) After our excited outbursts, Dr. Russell was very happy to tell us that the scans were of really great quality, and they were able to take measurements and see things that they usually can’t do much about until the anatomy scan at 18-20 weeks. She told us that our baby is very cooperative (let’s see how long that lasts) and that when we have our anatomy scan it will mostly be for “fun” since everything appears to be absolutely perfect at this point. All the measurements were within normal ranges, and there is no reason to believe that there is anything structurally wrong. We were given a clean bill of health and a CD with about 100 pictures and video of our little handsome BOY.We are really looking forward to give everyone at ACFS a hard time, since their (VERY early) money was on girl. Here are some of the highlights from our ultrasound, and we will post some more on Friday after our last ultrasound until the anatomy scan at 20 weeks.
A side view, you can really see the brain in this one!
Looking down from above. This baby has some long arms!
4D view of the spine.
4D view of left arm, umbilical cord and genitals.
This boy crosses his legs at the ankles, something hilariously similar to what Ashley does ALL the time when she is lounging!! We were cracking up!
Brain, face and belly.
Lounging… look at those long legs!
More long legs…
4D view of the baby covering his face with his arm (looks like he has a sense of humor.)
Big, spread out fingers! (They look like a sticky hand or a frog’s foot!)
Brain from above.
Great profile shot.
A perfect profile shot, look at those long legs crossed at the ankles!! It looks like he’s blowing smoke rings (hold up there, little buddy. There is a time and a place for that and it’s called college.)
He’s shaking his fist at us for messing with him all day!