May 25, 2017
Oh Mr. Finn. We have had SO much fun seeing your sweet face twice over the last month!
I thought it would be fun to write down about our two(very different) ultrasound experiences, for posterity’s sake 😉
As I’ve mentioned before, we used a third party ultrasound location for the first time ever with this pregnancy. (If you’re local, here is where we went!)
This has been my first pregnancy solely at the new hospital location. I delivered Abigail at a different hospital than Mabel, and with Mabel, the new post tornado hospital opened about a month before she was born. I think I had maybe one or two OB appointments there, but pretty much spent all of my time at my old office with both girls. With their pregnancies, they were willing to schedule their anatomy scans anytime after 18 weeks. So, I think Abigail was about 18 weeks 1 day and Mabel was 18 weeks 4 days.
Well, at the new office, they absolutely refuse to schedule an anatomy scan for you anytime before 20 weeks. And I just wasn’t down with having to wait THAT long before I knew who was in there! (They also didn’t offer the 10 week blood draw)
So, outsourcing it was!
I scheduled a sneak peek gender scan and expected it to be a super quick “it’s a boy/girl!” and that’s it sort of appointment, but it turns out that wasn’t what it was AT ALL.
It was literally the best $75 I have ever spent and I will spend every day recommending that my pregnant friends go for an ultrasound there. It was so, so, so special.
We showed up and she brought us into her office, where first she likes to test out the Chinese gender chart. (So funny) It was right for Abigail and Finn, but wrong for Mabel! She had a giant mattress for me to lay on and a HUGE t.v. set up in the corner so that we both could see everything easily. We discovered that she was the person who scanned Abigail for us almost 7 years ago(so awesome!) and then we got down to business!
She went right for the money shot and instantly said, “boy!” and we were both just like….”whattttt????”
To this day I wish I could have recorded Jim’s face. It wasn’t elation…it was total confusion. Ha! He so thought it was going to be another girl!
It was so funny because so many people told us how hard it is to tell when it’s a girl, but when it’s a boy YOU CAN TELL. Except we totally couldn’t! It didn’t look anything like we were expecting it to….but then she switched it to 3D and we were both like “ooooh. I see!” ha!
That was another thing, I had NEVER had a 3D ultrasound before and she made sure to switch back and forth from 2D to 3D over and over for us. It was amazing!
And after she told us it was a “he” she spent time measuring all of his parts, showing us all of his organs, let us listen to his heartbeat, took profile and face photos, gave us reams and reams of photos, printed out photos for the big sisters at home that say “I love you, sister!”, and gave us lots of time to just look in awe and wonder at our boy.
I didn’t know what this appointment would be like, but it was seriously the greatest thing ever ever ever.
(That profile looks just like Mabel’s!)
Then at 20 weeks 1 day we had our ultrasound at the hospital for my Dr’s office….let’s just say, it was a totally different experience. And made me all the happier that I had already had my special and “fun” ultrasound a few weeks earlier.
At one point during this ultrasound Abigail said, “Mom, this is so boring” (thanks, kiddo. Just witnessing the miracle of life right now, no big deal) and the tech said, “yeah, I know. This isn’t the fun ultrasound” and I was thinking, “Um, excuse me?? It’s totally supposed to be the fun ultrasound!”
This was the first ultrasound that I’ve ever had that was extremely uncomfortable/bordering on painful. Jim was like, I could completely see your uterus all balled up and it didn’t look right at all. She pressed SO hard and I have no idea why?! Baby was totally cooperative and she was able to see everything immediately….so I don’t know.
She didn’t play his heartbeat, she didn’t give the girls photos or any special attention(even though they were with us this time!), she gave me a couple crappy/blurry photos and that was it.
The highlight of this ultrasound was knowing for sure that he was measuring perfectly(a week ahead actually!), that we saw everything that needed to be seen, and that we are so blessed to have a healthy and growing little man(definitely, absolutely confirmed!) in there.
So, there are Finn’s two ultrasound stories. One super sweet and special, one super fast and technical, but either way, I am so thankful to be getting to do this at all.
I told Abigail to take one last look at him up on the screen, because she won’t get to see him again until he is born and on the OUTside!! Crazy! So, so crazy. But so exciting. We all can’t wait to see his sweet face!
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