We had our First Trimester/NT Scan yesterday, and I think that the doctor was a little bit frustrated that the baby was lying in the umbilical cord, thus making it hard to get the necessary measurements. But my husband and I sure didn't mind--it meant that we got an extra long viewing session of our baby!
It amazes me how over such a short period of time, the baby can go from looking like a gummy bear to an actual human being. Since this is our second pregnancy (or fifth, to be honest), it's nice to be able to identify body parts. I know to relax when I see the little blinking heart, and to smile when I see hands and feet with distinguishable fingers and toes. But it's still too early to identify gender anatomy--I tried, and I asked. Perhaps at our next regular appointment in two weeks--I'll be fifteen weeks, which is still a little early, but maybe we'll get lucky.
It took me laying on both my right and left sides to get the baby to finally somersault into place so that the doctor could take the necessary measurements, but she finally got the shot she needed, and the preliminary measurements look good. I still have to wait for bloodwork to come back in a week or so, but things are looking good and normal so far. The baby was measuring two days ahead--which would actually give me an August 6th due date. I trust the baby will come when he or she is ready.
On Sunday we found out that a couple from church is one week behind us. It will be fun to have a friend to share this pregnancy with again, much like I did with my very-dear friend when I was pregnant with Ella. We're not nearly as close, but I still really appreciate and enjoy her and the husband. Since this is their first, it's weird to be the "experienced" one, this time time around. And yet, in a way, being pregnant just feels natural.
Yesterday's blessing was sharing the pictures from our ultrasound with Ella, and explaining all the images to her. In one picture, the baby appeared to be giving us a "high five", and Ella wanted all of us to reciprocate the gesture to the picture. It's amazing to think of her as a big sister.