Yesterday was our big anatomy scan! It has been about 14 weeks since our last ultrasound when little babe was just a little gummy bear. I had no idea what to expect, what our child would look like or what we may see. I did come prepared with some questions for the ultrasound tech, or more speculations. From what I have felt are kicks, I was curious to see if baby's little feet were down, kicking me lower.
What I didn't expect was how miraculous this exam would be. It is so incredible to see your child inside you, moving around and kicking so strong. We were able to make out beautiful little legs and arms moving around. It was amazing to see little bones and muscles making quick jabs. We had a quick frontal view of the most precious little lips and nose that just melt my heart and make me so excited to meet him/her. The tech confirmed in fact that our baby is breech, meaning feet down kicking right on my cervix and bladder just like I had suspected. She mentioned that my placenta is fundal anterior, which means high and in front. It isn't concerning, but it does mean that I may not feel as much movement. Luckily, those little feet are kicking me below my placenta right now so I can feel tons of movement.
Our little one has already started showing a little personality. Our first born may be a little stubborn like his parents. Babe had it's back towards us most of the time, so it was very difficult to get a good shot of the face or profile. Every time the tech almost had the shot she needed, baby would move to another position. Baby was moving around a ton during the exam, but then slept most of the afternoon, what a tiring show this little one was putting on.
The tech estimates that I am actually further along than we originally thought. While our first ultrasound gave EDD of 02/11/16, they are now thinking closer to 02/01/16 given the head measurements from the exam; however, baby's belly measurements are still showing more in the 21 week range. We either have a child with a massive head or a little skinny mini. I am thinking with Marc and my body types, that maybe we are closer to 22 weeks 4 days as the ultrasound revealed. With my cycles, we have absolutely no clue when we conceived so it is all speculation.
We stayed strong and did not find out the gender. Many times the tech had us turn away as she confirmed the gender. Marc and I still feel like it's a boy, especially now that the heartbeat this week was 129 at the ultrasound. I took a silly little gender quiz this week that asked me about 16 questions - from my facial skin, hair, belly and body changes, heart rates, cravings, etc. Overall, the quiz came back 50% chance boy, 50% girl (helpful!), although it did say based on the combinations I answered it would give me a little more preference towards boy. I guess we will see in early February (or late January now!).
Honestly, this exam has left me so excited to meet this little one. I can't stop thinking about the precious little one we saw on that screen. It is still hard to connect the fact that what was on the screen is actually the same little one inside my belly. It will be so special to actually get to see our baby face to face, to kiss those little lips and snuggle that little body. Keep growing my precious little one, we cannot wait to meet you!