Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Halfway There Photo Shoot!

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On Monday, we went to get our second trimester screen with a perinatologist. As of that same day, I'm 20 weeks pregnant! Halfway! I seriously can't believe it. At this time last year, I thought all of this would never happen for me.

At the appointment, the ultrasound tech did a lot of looking and measuring and it was so incredible to see everything. We could even see the blood pumping through the cord and into the baby! We have two ultrasound pictures so far, one at 7 weeks and the other at 11 weeks. We walked away from this appointment with about 15 photos, though!

Want to see a few? I hope so!

I think this is 3D (or 4D, as it on the upper right of the picture), which is very cool because I wasn't expecting to get that fancy with my $10 copay. Can you see the face? It's sort of smushed into the placenta (I think) and there's cord floating around so it's a bit hard to see.

Here's a nice profile shot. Love it!

My favorite - a little foot!

Here you can see the hand with five fingers!

This one is strange, but I think it's pretty cool. You can see the lens of the eye. It's a small circle and the little mouse hand is pointing to it. See it? Looks like the Terminator.

And here's a view of the face from straight on, which looks like a sideways skeleton.

We told her we wanted her to write down the sex for us, so at the end she had us look away while she looked at the genitals and filled out the cards I made. After she was done, she gave us the envelopes and said that she printed out a picture and put it inside for us! We didn't even ask for that, but I'm so glad she did because we were a little sad to be missing out on seeing the genitals. That seems strange now that I'm writing this, but it's our baby and we wanted to see everything that we could!

I took one of the sealed envelopes to Crumbs Bake Shop today and ordered the cupcakes we will use to tell our families over the Thanksgiving. Our envelope is hidden because I don't trust my husband to not peek before his birthday (I trust him with important things, don't worry). I have a feeling we'll open it the night before his birthday/Thanksgiving because we won't be able to sleep! Come to think of it, I probably won't be able to sleep either way. If we open it before bed, all I'll be thinking about is baby clothes and nursery decor and imagining what our little one will look like.

While it's hard to wait an extra week to find out the sex of the baby, I'm really glad my husband and I will have the moment alone to share. It's less pressure this way and we'll really be able to enjoy the moment without thinking about what everyone else is feeling. Only 8 more days!!


Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

OMG, I just got chills all over. First of all, that is SO neat that they did a 3D / 4D picture for you!! And your baby (I almost said little girl for some reason?!) is SO cute!!!! Look at that adorable face, holy cow! I did a 3D Ultrasound at 24 weeks with Carter and got some of the best pictures, I did another at 32 weeks and he looked smushed and weird. I think they almost look better a little earlier. You both have some amazing willpower. I am DYING over here and can't wait for a text on Thanksgiving (you will be texting me I hope!). I can't wait to meet your baby! I love her / him already!

Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

I seriously can't stop looking at the pictures without a big smile on my face, and now I'm starting to cry so I need to click away. LOVE.

Angela said... [Reply to comment]

I am so so happy to see these pics!! This is your baby, Amy!!! :-) It happened for you!!! :-D After all of the stress, the disappointment, etc. YOU are carrying your baby! He/she even has 5 fingers on one hand! ;-) I love seeing sonogram pics. Everyone always thinks it's weird that I can SEE sonogram pics (the non 3d/4d kind) but I think they're so cool! I could tell as much as my aunt who is an ob nurse back when I was 9 and my mom was pregnant with my youngest sister! :-) They're just so darn fascinating! 20 weeks! Yay! Only 20ish more to go!!

I can't wait to hear the gender. I have my suspicions, (And I've only been wrong once!) but I'll keep them to myself until after you announce it. I'll let you know if I was right or wrong! ;-)

Congratulations on rounding the 20 week mark! :-D


Amanda @ The Fix-Its said... [Reply to comment]

How exciting!!! I'm guessing GIRL, but I've had such a bad track record lately, I shouldn't even guess at all :)

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

@Michelle <3

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

@Angela Thanks so much for your support!

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

@Amanda @ The Fix-Its Thanks so much! Maybe you'll be right this time, you have a 50/50 chance!

Jackie said... [Reply to comment]

These pictures are so cool! I don't even know exactly what part of the baby is what, but I do know she is HUGE!! WOW! I would have never guessed he was that far along!! This is so exciting!!!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

So exciting!! I love hearing about the exciting gender-reveal moment! Can't wait to read how it goes!

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