Today was the NT/Abnormality scan, or as it’s known in these parts “yet another ultrasound”. Not that the outcome is bad, it’s just the procedure. Early morning, full bladder, blood stabbing afterwards. Yay?
But on the hand– YAY! A nice healthy fetus with a heartbeat of 159. Totally normal, as per the sonographer* . Everything looks fine. All the bits and pieces seem to be in place. I didn’t get to see the ultrasound itself– the technician forgot I was in the waiting room. Or more likely didn’t even know. I guess the father being there to help and support the mother is still a rarity these days? What the heck, men? Seriously.
Heather will just be extra sure to mention I’m in the waiting room for the next ultrasound on Oct. 15. That’s the Anatomy Scan– count all the fingers and toe and measure everything. And, possibly, find out the gender. Given that the NT scan is normally an optional procedure, this means the upcoming ultrasound is the one that, for a normal pregnancy, would be the first “regular” one. I suppose that is the one upside of having gone through all these extra treatments; the monitoring that comes with them did give us a nice early glimpse of Itty Bitty.
Today is officially, according to the ultrasound tech, 13 Weeks. The count we were using previously was off by 2 days– not that it’s an entirely accurate science any which way. But this does mean that, by anyone’s methodology– this is the official start of the second trimester. Anyone who was waiting for the “traditional” time to celebrate– go ahead.
Below is Itty Bitty at 13 weeks. You can make out the spine, the start of the leg bones, the heart (including both chambers), and the brain.
* Firefox’s spellcheck wants to correct “sonographer” to “pornographer”. =(