*Warning – Ridiculous amount of happy pregnancy gushing ahead*
I figured out a magical cure for bad days: Ultrasounds. I wish I could schedule one for every bad day, because this one turned my (work-related) frown upside down faster than you can say, “And there’s the heartbeat.” (158 today!) (Also–knock wood because I know all too well from personal experience that not every ultrasound is a happy one.)
Is it weird to be totally in love with a genetic evaluation? Because I am in love with the NT scan. That was seriously so cool. 20 minutes in a dark room with my baby wiggling around on a giant screen mounted for my viewing pleasure. Brain, heart, spine, bladder—I got to see all of the parts. It was amazing.
The NT measurement itself was well under the point that causes concern. I think she said they want a max of 3 and ours was 1.4? Something like that. I honestly don’t remember. I was too distracted by wiggling arms. We’ll have to wait until my doctor reviews all of the anatomical scans to see if there’s any cause for concern regarding anything else.
To top off my complete baby high, Catch and I agreed on a girl name yesterday, and I am over the moon with what we have now. We’ve had a boy name picked out for years, but the girl name was more complicated. In the end, she randomly agreed to my absolute favorite name in the world, even though she had said no previously. Perhaps the last 10 weeks of physical misery I’ve been experiencing helped weaken her resolve.
So not only do we have fantastic names picked out for this little monster, but I am starting to believe that we could actually have a real baby in 27-ish weeks. And a wiggly one at that! PLUS, I finally got the ultrasound picture I’ve been hoping for—goodbye alien seamonkey, hello baby!
My brother had this to say:
PS – I am having a really hard time referring to this baby in neutral terms because in my mind, “it” is totally a “she.” I’ve felt that way since the very beginning, and so has Catch. Unfortunately, we have a long wait ahead of us to find out for sure!