Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Yesterday I went for my 12 week appointment and it turned out to be more exciting than it was supposed to be. Usually during a pregnancy they only do 2 or 3 sonograms. The first is done at your 7 week appointment because it is the best and easiest way to hear the baby's heartbeat. At this point it is just a relief to know that there is something really in there and that you haven't been sick for nothing. At 7 weeks the baby looks like nothing more than a shrimp and is like the size of your finger nail. Never the less it is still exciting to just be able to see something. The next sonogram is done around 20 weeks and that is when you find out the sex of the baby. The other follows late in the pregnancy and if there are any complications there could be a few extra. But yesterday I got a surprising glimpse of our baby. Normally at a 12 week appointment they just check for the heartbeat with a Doppler (no picture just sound), but they couldn't find the heartbeat with the Doppler so they rolled in the ultrasound machine and I got to see the baby. It was very exciting and unexpected. It actually looked like a baby although it is only 2 inches long. I could see the arms and legs moving all around, but as excited as I was about I was sad because Wilbur wasn't there to see it too. I had decided after the first appointment that there wasn't any point in him going to every appointment. That he only really needed to be there for the important ones. He really missed out and it was all me fault. Poor Wilbur.