On Friday we had a 13 week ultrasound.....the primary purpose of which was to get the nuchal fold measurement and then I could do blood work to help assess the baby for chromosomal abnormalities. The ultrasound went as well as possible (with a very very small qualification). The heartbeat, activity, development, measurements...all great great great. But would you believe that little Blobbie (named from the blastocyst stage) REFUSED to get into the proper position to have his/her nuchal fold space measured. The tech and I tried everything for about 45 mins....gentle jostling, peeing, jumping jacks, rolling over...NOPE. We have a stubborn baby! We like to describe the embryo as a "fighter" but Friday was just comical. I truly hope that me and HB's hardheadedness are not cumulatively represented in this child....or else....we're in trouble! HB and I can both be very stubborn--I pretend it's "determination". The U/S was saved on DVD and was amazing. There was tons of movement at the beginning (before they were trying to get the critical measurement).
SO...we are going back again on Monday to try again. Blobbie gets one more chance to get this right. They won't even do the blood work for the chromosomes without that measurement because its all an integrated risk assessment calculation.
They did a doppler in the morning (at my Pap smear appt) and it took the nurse a little while to find the heartbeat. The nurse said she is also 12 wks pregnant and can't find her own baby's heartbeat! As she was searching...I thought "maybe it's good I didn't get my friend's doppler yet...because I would have gone CRAZY if I couldn't find the heart beat."
I had one weird moment at the OB. They had a free "Gerber baby kit" at the reception area for expectant Moms (has formula and breast feeding tools). But it took a few moments to convince myself that I could take one....and that I SHOULD take one. It was hard. I've bought a few second hand maternity clothes...but this....this was FOR the baby. But this is where I am....
HIGH FIVE for arriving at the second trimester!!!!