Tuesday, January 23, 2007

20 weeks and one day—more than half way there!

This morning Susanne and I went for our 20 week ultrasound and were treated to the sight of our little one happily kicking away and saw other assorted views of his/her kidneys, heart, brain and other vital organs—oh and his or her cute little button nose. The room we were in had a television monitor that was linked to the ultrasound machine. That was something I hadn’t expected and I thought that was pretty cool.

Speaking of cool…poor Susanne was freezing! It was pretty cold in there, and I noticed that the women waiting for their ultrasounds after we were done had been given blankets to put over their thin examination gowns. That would have been helpful.

We pretty much expected that our ultrasound technician would communicate and sort of give us a running commentary of what she was taking pictures of throughout the process, but this did not turn out to be the case. And unfortunately when she did speak it was difficult to understand her—she was sort of a mumbler. She’d locate things, zoom in and type a word on the screen to indicate what it was (renal for example) but I think that Susanne and I were both a bit bummed out that she couldn’t have had a better bedside manner and let us know what we were looking at at all times. Apparently the baby was lying in a transverse position towards Su’s back and getting some of the shots was hard. Maybe she was just concentrating. After she was done she had the doctor come in and he took several pictures as well. He was more talkative which we both appreciated.

On a positive note, the doctor said everything looks pretty good and after he reviews all of the images taken he’ll send a report to our birthing center. They’ll call us if there is anything they want to talk to us about.

When Su dropped me off to walk the rest of the way to work I was right by a Borders and decided it was time to buy a few books to start reading to our little one at night (we are waiting until the baby is born to find out boy or girl.) One book is called “I Love You All Day Long” and the other cracked me up because it’s called “Is Your Mama a Llama?” I think I’ll tape this great picture of Su and a llama we took at Machu Picchu onto the cover. Ciao for now! -Monica

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