Friday, February 13, 2009

Oh BOY... Half Way There!

19 Weeks

(Face and chest... look close, you can see left eye lid & lips)

Today was our BIG ultrasound!  We've been looking forward to getting a longer look at our new little one.

Our doctor made it a fun visit, although she was about 2 hours late.  It turned out ok since Aunt Carolyn was here to play with the kids, and Patrick was with me. (Thanks Carolyn, what a big help that was!!)  We left to eat lunch together and returned for the scan.

After my 'trial' week of increased activity the doctor measured the cervix again and said it looked great!  I can continue moderate activity being careful to not "over do it".  

(Face/chest and both arms up by face... waving!)

The baby looked good.  All of his measurements were right on target!  He was moving a lot and we saw him waving his arms/hands near his face several times.  He even touched his hands together.  She focused on his face for us so we could watch him open and close his mouth... probably swallowing fluid or practicing his breathing.

(Close up of face/abdomen.  Hands up by face)

He's definitely a boy!  She got several clear shots.  We are excited to enjoy another son!  Abby remains our Princess.

The doctor did find a blood clot on/near the placenta.  She called it a Subchorionic Hematoma. There was no active blood flow to it, which she said was a good sign.  It's possible this is the reason for the bleeding several weeks ago.  Although most of these types of bleeds reabsorb on their own and don't cause further problems, it depends on the size of the clot and some other factors.  She is sending us to UAB in Birmingham for a Level II ultrasound.  A perinatologist will review this more detailed scan to give us a better understanding about the bleed.

 Hopefully it will turn out to be nothing more than something to be monitored periodically.

I told Abby and Josiah they were going to have a little brother.  J smiled big, looked at some of the pictures and said he "liked that."  Then he told me he liked the name 'Jonah.'  We haven't really thought about names much lately, but I suppose now would be a good time to start.

(Ankles crossed/ abdomen and cord insertion... future belly button)

I'm thankful to be having more good parts to my days.  The nausea still hits hard sometimes, but it's much more bearable with good moments in between!  Thank you Lord!!

I think we are finally entering the Fun part of pregnancy.