14 Sep
I drove over to Michael’s office at 1:45 and picked him up.  I handed the driving over to him, since my bladder was pretty full, and I thought my nervousness at having to pee would make a bad driver of me!
We had a hard time finding a parking space at the hospital, so we ended up parking in a spot that wasn’t technically a parking spot (but someone else was parked there, too).  Thank goodness we didn’t get into any trouble over it!
Our timing was perfect: I had just enough time to check in with admissions and go over to the ultrasound area when the ultrasound tech came out looking for me.  We weren’t allowed to take pictures, so Michael brought the camera for nothing, but we were okay with that.  The tech squirted a bunch of jelly on my belly (haha), which actually felt pretty nice, as it was heated up.  Then he did some prep stuff (looking at cervix and other stuff we didn’t really know anything about) and then we finally got a glimpse of our baby!
Michael actually had a better view than I had, as he was watching the technician’s monitor, which had a higher resolution than the one I could see, but we both got a good look at the two arms and hands, two legs and feet, four chambers of the heart (163 bpm!), spine, and the various parts of the brain and organs that the tech was looking for.  I’d had some orange juice as part of my fluid intake (24-32 oz. in the 2 hours before the exam!), so there was lots of sugar in my bloodstream, I guess.  The baby was squirming like crazy!  Michael was so thrilled to see him/her kicking and dancing away.  I was feeling somewhat elated, but also somewhat mystified — it really still hasn’t totally sunk in yet!
The baby wasn’t cooperating with getting a good face profile (nose and lips); s/he kept putting an arm in front of his/her face, and hiding behind a part of the uterus or something.  The tech got me to empty my bladder (oh, thank God!) to see if that would shift the baby’s position.  He also jiggled my belly to see if that would help, but that baby was pretty stubborn.  If we had wanted to find out the sex, I think we would have got a good shot of that, but I really couldn’t see anything, and Michael looked away from the monitor, ’cause he doesn’t want to know — haha!  Seeing as that is the only ultrasound we should be having, the only way we’ll find out now is on the birth day.
The technician printed out three pictures for us.  One shows the bottom of the baby’s foot, another is a side view (with the nose/mouth part obscured), and the third is the "alien face" shot that shows the eye sockets, and a disembodied hand and leg.  I know lots of folks think this type of picture is kind of disturbing, but it still looks adorable to me!  (Oh great, I’m going to be one of those annoying moms who thinks her kid is the best-looking one, when it’s the weirdest-looking baby anyone’s ever seen.)  Normally we should have paid $5 for the pictures, but it’s obviously not a hard and fast rule; we mentioned that we didn’t have any cash, and the technician told us to just slip the pictures into my bag.  Michael, of course, felt like it would be stealing (I don’t seem to have as much of a conscience . . . !), and asked the admin person if they would take a cheque.  She waved us off and told us to have a nice day.
And that was the end of our ultrasound adventure!  Now I’m looking forward to the doctor’s appointment next week so that I can get her take on the results and also to find out how much weight I’ve gained so far.  Whoever else would be looking forward to getting weighed?

3 Responses to “Ultrasound”

  1. Meandering September 16, 2005 at 9:05 am #

    Wow. Our first baby pictures! "Hello, this is my child, Skeletor."

  2. Fawn September 16, 2005 at 9:09 am #

    If it\’s a girl, I\’m sure she\’ll be so impressed with her nickname…

  3. Marian September 18, 2005 at 6:22 pm #

    It\’s very exciting to see his/her first photos. Can\’t wait to see him/her in person.Only Michael could come up with a name like that!Take care – we\’re thinking about all of you.

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