Our appointment went well overall. While we were in there for quite some time, the baby decided not too cooperate. I looked at the husband and said "No denying this child is yours, so uncooperative!!!"
At the very beginning, we told the student tech that we did not want to be told the sex, but to please right it down on an index card, fold it, and then put it in the envelope (which we provided of course).
We started off with a student technician. She had 30 minutes and then her supervisor would come in to take over. She asked if we did any other testing earlier and we said "no." She seemed very confused and asked us why. We simply said, we were told that those tests were merely statistics that without an amnio wouldn't tell us anything and that this big ultrasound should indicate with better precision if we really did need an amnio. She just nodded her head.
Our baby was breech, which we were assured could change many times til the end of the pregnancy. The baby's head was right below my belly button which made a good visual hard. While checking out the heart, the spine kept creating a shadow. And with all that movement, the student tech had a hard time to get measurements. But alas, she got most of them. However, because our child was being so uncooperative, i laid on my left side while we awaited the supervisor tech.
Halfway through, the student tech started referring to the child as "He".
Before she stepped out again, she asked "so are you pro life?" because she was still confused about why we didn't do any early testing. After she left, that made me worried. I didn't understand why it was such a big deal that we didn't.
Then the supervisor tech came in and tried again with the heart. The supervisor tech was able to get some more measurements but it took some maneuvering. At one point, i went to my right side to give the tech better access and hopefully encourage the baby to move. The little one was squirming so much that towards the end of that 90 minutes, the baby went into child's pose and just laid there.
The student tech asked the supervisor tech "did you see down there?" and the supervisor tech said "yes, i already did". However, later she did go over that area again and asked "you guys don't want to know but do you want to see that area?" I said "well, if you need to that's fine, but we don't need to." HOWEVER, i got a glimpse of something.
A distinct Hamburger. A perfect little outline of a hamburger. Almost too perfect. And not in between legs either. Hmmm... (they say if you want to know your baby's sex, a girl would be like a hamburger bun and a boy would be like a turtle) was I imagining things?
The Dr. then came in and the techs left. The Dr. wanted to get a better glimpse of the heart since the baby's squirming made it difficult to see the heart valves. She was very nice and we finally got all the images of the heart that indicates a HEALTHY and beautiful heart!
Now if you have been through an ultrasound, you know that sometimes they zoom out and sometimes they zoom in. At one point, the Dr. zoomed in and I still thought i was seeing an overall glimpse of the baby. I said, "Is that the butt?" and the Dr. responded "No, its the heart!" and once the "butt" started beating, i instantly knew it was the heart too.
So there you have it. We had a beautiful hour and a half of just watching our baby squirm and protest. They sent us home with five images, of only one I really liked.
|a perfect little head. Also in the image is the fetal nasal bone, which i later googled to learn that an absence of such could indicate Down's or Turner's.|
|The feets (i think both are visible?) Is there something between those legs?|
|A clenched fist and arm, with a slight image of the face.|
|A nice top image of the face. A bit skeletor like, but apparently this is normal.|
|A blurred image of the face, kind of looks like a ghostly skeletor.|
Overall, the appointment was ok. I think I was hoping for more information but that's the type of person I am. Constantly probing for more info! I wish they had sent me home with a full body image or other images, b/c i know we took so many more - but I am happy we got to see the baby for as long as we did.