I waited until today to update because I had my level 2 ultra sound this afternoon and figured that I would wait to write so that I could give the news either way. Luckily this weekend went by pretty quick with our preparing to move. We're pretty excited to get all moved into the new place. We still have quite a bit of packing to do including but not limited to the entire kitchen, all of our clothes and the linen closet. Ah well, we have until Thursday evening!
Get to the baby details, right? So, our appointment was at 3pm and I had to work until 2:30. Around 1:30 I started feeling very anxious to where I could literally feel my insides shaking and I felt very nauseous and just couldn't sit still. Morgan was able to come so we met there before our appointment. Of course I was assuming the worst. I think I was most scared of them pushing the amnio or just assuming that I was going to do it and I would feel uncomfortable telling them that I did not want it. I really need to learn how to be my own advocate and not be afraid to speak up.
So anyway we went back to the examination room and as soon as the ultra sound tech came in I asked about the amnio and when that would be brought up in the appointment. She said she would do the ultra sound and the doctor would come in after he reviewed the ultrasound and talk to me about the amnio. Well, she did the ultra sound and unfortunately most of it was out of my line of sight but Morgan was able to see the whole thing. I saw some of it. She did her measurements and later showed me certain things. The baby weighed 5 ounces which is right on with where it should be. Most of the measurements (head, brain, legs, arms, etc) were right on with where I should be and put me around the 45th percentile, so pretty average. She said that things looked fine but that she would have the doctor come in to look at things.
The doctor came in and said that he thought everything looked great and talked to me about the amnio and the risk associated with it. He said that according to the ultra sound, he would decrease my risk from 1/170 to 1/300 and that my risk for miscarriage with an amnio was 1/250 - 1/300. We had decided prior to the appointment that unless there were severe markers during the ultra sound, we wouldn't do the amnio. The doctor said that they look for 5-10 markers of down syndrome and the baby had 0. This was great news and it felt as though 500 pounds had been lifted from my shoulders and my chest.
Sooo, more news. During the ultra sound she asked if we wanted to know what we were having if she was able to tell and we said that we did. She pushed a little bit and all of sudden says "theres a little boy in there" - WHAT!? A boy!? Morgan literally said "What did you say?" HA! When the doctor came in he asked if she told us what it was and we told him yeah, it was a boy, and he was like, "of course, theres the penis!" - it was pretty clear as day. I was told to look for a hamburger for a girl and a turtle for a boy, it surely did look like a turtle.
We were soo sure that it was a little girl. We both initially really wanted a little boy but after almost every single person told us we were having a girl and the first ultra sound indicated that it was likely a girl and the heart rate was always high, we thought for sure. We're both ecstatic that we're having a little boy. I'll be honest and say there's a little part of me that is sad that I won't have the little girl I had been picturing since we were convinced it was a girl. We were likely going to name her Margaux. But, it's not a girl. I'll get over not having a cute little tulle skirt on the first birthday :) But yes, we're very happy that it is a boy and most of all, that he seems to be very healthy and baking well. I can't really express how happy we are.
So, we also bought the crib and changing table this last weekend. I found one that I really like and it was on sale so we grabbed it. It should be delivered later this week. Morgan says we can't put it together for awhile. The only reason we bought it this early is because of the deal we got on it. I'm very excited :D
Let's see, what else. I am definitely starting to show now. It still looks similar to a beer belly, but its growing outward nonetheless. I bought a pair of maternity work pants this weekend and they were so much more comfortable than my pre-pregnancy pants.
I'd love to scan the ultra sound pictures and post them but we already packed up the scanner. I will be sure to post some later on. I am a little sad that this is my last ultra sound since they consider this to be my 2nd trimester scan and will not get one at 18-20 weeks like others usually do. I think in 10 weeks or so we will pay for the 3d/4d ultra sound so that we can have more pictures and something on CD to show the baby later!
That's about it for this week. I have an appointment Friday afternoon with my midwife. I think we are just going to go over the results from my exam today, should be a quick appointment. Hopefully I gained a couple pounds so my midwife is happy. I do feel relieved that although I haven't really put on much weight, the little one is the right weight and height. That's what matters.
I'll do my best to upload pictures next week. We'll see how the moving and unpacking goes!
See you next week
xo, mommy to be (to a little boy!!)