Baby P - looking at us.
Baby P's Feet
On Wednesday November 12th, 2008, Steve and I went for our ultrasound.
We were both SO excited to see our Baby P. The last time we saw Baby she/he resembled a Gummy Bear more than a person.
We have decided not to find out the sex of the baby. We are greeted by mixed reviews on this by family and friends. Most have a very strong opinion of this on one side or another. I was not the kid to snoop through bags before Christmas or unwrap and re- wrap gifts just to see what I was getting. I like a surprise. Steve was the kid who opened presents before Christmas, so, Steve took some convincing - he thought he could know and not tell me. But, then he too, was won over! (Thank you Adam & the ED gang for your persuasions!)
Our ultrasound technician & midwives were excited by our request to not know the gender. "There is no medical reason to go and look for the baby's boy or girl parts - we can't change the sex. Let's enjoy the surprise! " They said. They also made every effort to not know the sex either. And so we did not go near the nether regions....which is why we have pictures of body parts but nothing full length to show off.
Much to our delight Baby P gave us a show! What a wiggly baby. We watched baby yawn, swallow, look right at us, give us a peace sign, rub it's eyes with both fists, stretch so that both arms raised over head and push back at the ultrasound wand with it's feet.
Baby P is measuring a week larger than our dates but they say it's not enough to move the due date. Baby has a pretty head & spine according to the ultrasound tech. We saw left & right brain, four chambers of the heart, kidneys, ribs and the umbilical chord attached to baby's belly.
Baby P 's weight is approximately 10 oz. If you made the hang loose sign with your hand you would have Baby P's length head to toes. Pretty Cool!
Everything at this point looks good - we were told. But, we knew that already because Baby P gave us the Thumbs Up!
We have another ultrasound at 28 weeks to determine the position of the placenta - I am carrying low which at this point is no cause for alarm. But, If baby does not move up there is concern the placenta will grow over the cervix which would mean I would not be allowed to labour. This has an 80% chance of correcting itself. Pretty good odds we think.