Last week we had our mid-pregnancy ultrasound and it was soooo much fun! My mom and dad and Ryan's mom were able to come and watch as well. We got there and the first thing I said to the tech was that we didn't want to know the sex. At which point Ryan piped in and said.... "Well, can you at least write it down and put it in an envelope for us?" That by the way was not in our original plan. So she was careful not to zoom in on any body parts that would give it away. At the end, she started to hand me the envelope that had the sex in it and I wouldn't even take it from her. She gave it to Ryan. I made him promise me he would not look and I told him I didn't even want to know where he hid it. So the envelope is somewhere in our house but I don't know where and surprisingly, I haven't been tempted to find it. I am still excited to find out at the birth.
The tech scanned for about 30 minutes and she pointed out all the body parts. At one point she showed us a hand and it was waving at us. That was the point I started to cry and I realized, there is an actual live baby in there now. So surreal. She would explain things and measure them and each time I would ask "Is that normal" after a couple dozen times, Ryan told me to relax and that everything looked fine. I need him to keep me in check sometimes.
She also told us that the baby is measuring about a week early but that was only because the leg bones were measuring so long. Imagine that, Ryan and I making a human that has long legs....nah! :) She also told us P-Nut is weighing in at 14 ounces. I went home that night to see what the average was for a 20-week baby, yeah it is 10 ounces. Needless to say I think we will be having a rather large bundle of joy. I was 8 lbs 2 oz when I was born but Ryan was a preemie and weighed about 6 lbs so its hard to gauge what the baby might actually weigh.
Below are about a third of the pictures we got. They are on our refrigerator now and I find my self just stopping and starring at them.
4D - My dad said "She is showing off her guns" I said - you think its a girl now, and he said "Oh Yeah, I am pretty sure I am having a granddaughter" Like father Like daughter I guess.
This is looking down on P-Nut's face and 2 little hands
Most precious chubby little foot I have ever seen. And we counted - all 10 toes accounted for
My favorite - the profile. I couldn't believe how detailed this was. You can see P-Nut's HUGE brain, nose and lips.
I loved seeing these pictures and I am sad these are the last ones I will get until we actually see P-Nut in person. We are considering going to a place in town that will do ultrasounds for a fee just so we can get another glance.
We are 21 weeks today, officially on the "back end" of the pregnancy. Besides the ultrasound this week, another milestone happened. On Saturday night, Feb. 16 - Ryan felt P-Nut kick for the first time. It was awesome! I could tell the kicks were all more "forceful" than usual so I went and laid by him just to see if he could feel it. And right away P-Nut kicked a couple times in a row, like he/she knew it was Daddy. Such a neat experience for both of us.