We had our ultrasound on Monday. *FINALLY* I think it got scheduled back in July. Isn’t that a horribly long time to wait? July – October? Granted it was the end of July through the very beginning of October, but still!! I left work early (which worked out well since I stayed late a few times last week) and picked Tyler up and we headed over for our last visit to Park Nicollet, at least for this child having thing.
[ Have I mentioned that in a previous post? We toured both Methodist (Park Nicollet, where I’m going right now) and St. Joe’s two weekends ago (Health East) and were both left feeling like Methodist was not the place for us and both really enjoyed St. Joe’s. I’ve had my records transferred and have my first appointment at a Health East clinic on Friday but still went with the ultrasound so it would be done sooner. :) ]
Per ultrasound protocol, I drank a lot of water before the appointment and did not go to the bathroom. Boy was that not the least bit comfortable. Ugh. In fact it was terrible. Luckily about half way through the tech wanted the little guy (or girl) to change positions so she told me to go to the bathroom. Oh, relief! :)
The ultrasound was quite long and we saw and learned much more than I anticipated. We saw all of the usual parts: head, facial features, arms, legs, and tummy, but also went inside each of those appendages and into all of it’s organs! I wasn’t expecting such detail. Our tech measured the thickness of it’s skin around it’s skull, parts of it’s brain, the chambers of it’s heart, all of its leg and arm bones, and even it’s kidneys! We could see the heart beating and see each of the chambers. We saw it’s fingers and toes. We saw something in it’s tummy which means the digestive system is working correctly. It has a chin, it doesn’t have a cleft lip, it doesn’t have club feet, and all of it’s measurements are in line with a 9 1/2 week baby (with the exception of the legs which are measuring 20 weeks). We saw it scratching it’s ear and the back of it’s head. In one of the photos below it’s hand is resting under it’s chin. Overall the ultrasound was a lot of fun and everything seemed to be pretty normal! :)