Yesterday was the big anatomy scan, meaning that during 18-20 weeks all expectant mothers are sent for a detailed ultrasound of their developing babies as all of their anatomy is now formed. Of course they will still grow for another (up to) 20+ weeks and become stronger, but all the organs are there to be looked at.
I’ve been praying nightly since I got my positive pregnancy test that me and baby would grow and develop healthy together. For the first time I was a bit more aware that things could potentially be wrong, but I was still more excited than anything about this baby’s scan.
It’s a blessing and a curse coming from a pediatric nursing background because things like gastroschisis and hydrocephalus and spina bifida were things that seemed so common, though I knew I was seeing the rare/worst cases. I truly think God wiped my memory when we had Braden, because I don’t recall being worried at all.
I’m happy to report that our sweet baby #3 looks healthy and wonderful. 4 chambers of the heart were pumping in harmony at 144 beats per minute:
And little hands (Spock hands again!) with 5 fingers:
A cute little face (arrow pointing to the nose), view looking up the nose/lips.
And a spine, the spinal column is closed, that took a good 20 minutes of coaxing to get the right angle! Baby was SO active and was in the perfect position for the heart, but not so great for the spine.
Two kidneys, normal-sized ventricles in the brain, bowels inside the abdomen, posterior placenta, 3 vessel cord, and everything else to my nurse eyes looked great. I know that the radiologist would have come and talked to me if anything were wrong, like they did last time when I found out Ethan had a 2 vessel cord.
Baby is still measuring ahead of my LMP dates by 5-6 days depending on what they measure (brain, stomach, femur, etc.). They dated me on average at 20w1d via ultrasound but I was 19w3d according to my original dates. Baby weighs about 381 grams and I don’t think my doctor will bother changing my due date from May 7 to May 2 just because of my ultrasound, but we’ll see at my appointment tomorrow.
I figure I have a week or so spread of when this baby is 40 weeks gestation, and a 3 week spread (give or take!) of when I might have this baby according to my previous pregnancies. Braden, our first, was overdue and born at 40w4d and Ethan came exactly 3 weeks earlier at 37w4d.
We are Team Green, yet again, and didn’t want to know baby’s gender — so it will all be a HUGE surprise…all of it! I’m going in with absolutely no expectations, and I’ll elaborate on what I mean by that closer to delivery!