Tuesday, September 15, 2009

20 Weeks!

Woohoo, finally an update in a timely manner!

First things first...things are going well! I can feel little thumps when I rest my hand on my belly, but the kicks are so sporadic that Eric hasn't felt it yet.

Now for the exciting news...we had the BIG ultrasound today. You know, the one where they measure everything and look at all the organs to make sure everything is developing at the same rate and that there aren't any unwanted holes or limbs. There's one brain, two eyes, two kidneys, two legs, and the spine is curved in all the right places. Peanut is measuring at about 19 weeks (that's still the 50th percentile) - Alex was on the small side as well, and as long as it's within a week or so, it's still considered normal! He's about 12 oz at this point :)

Oh, and did I mention it's a boy? I had another dream last night that it was a boy, and I think deep down I knew that he was a boy, no matter how hard I wished for a girl! Any disappointment was short lived - after all, a healthy baby is really all a parent can ask for! Plus, I think Alex would really like a little brother, and we have pretty much everything we need already. Maybe we'll just have to try again for that girl in a few years :)

Unfortunately, the CD they gave us doesn't work, so we have to make do with the few pictures they printed out for us.

Here we go...it's a boy! Not quite as clear as Alex's display of manhood, but we trust that the ultrasound technician knew what she was looking at!

Here's our little Skeletor, heehee! Alex thought he looks a bit like a dinosaur.

And the heartbeat is a healthy 150 beats per minute, just like Alex's was! It's always a relief to hear that whooshing noise :)

There's one concern - they were only able to see one blood vessel in the umbilical cord and there are supposed to be two. While this is a soft marker for Down Syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities, the doctor is confident that it's nothing to worry about, especially when you consider that it's the only marker and everything else looks like it should. However, to be on the safe side, they're sending us to a different office (with newer machinery) for another level 2 ultrasound in the next couple of weeks. There's a good chance that they just weren't able to see it due to the angle. And even if there is just one vessel, there's still an excellent chance that he'll be born without any problems.

But in the meantime, the only thing we're worrying about is picking a name! If you have any suggestions, please send them in for consideration :)

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