On Monday March 16 at 29 weeks and 2 days into my pregnancy, I got to see my baby’s facial features thanks to modern technology! Ivy, in my opinion, looks like her dad. Obviously, I never had a baby before, but from what I’ve read and heard from experienced parents that have had a 4D/3D ultrasound of their unborn, they are usually pretty accurate as to what she is going to look like when she is born. Even though, her dad and I have went our separate ways indefinitely, I’m not disheartened by this outcome in any way.
My obstetrician told me that she measured at 3 lbs 11 oz and 16 inches long. Although this is still considered normal, it’s above average. I am so happy to hear this because as every impending mother new and old alike can agree, your baby’s health is your main concern for 40 weeks.
I was looking through the few pictures my parents had stashed away awhile back and discovered a gold-mind of my awkward progression through the years. It starts off with endearing picture baby pageant picture (which I won 1st place because my dad had enough money to buy it the trophy) and ends with my 3rd grade picture which makes me look like I’m already 15.
10 year would be embarrassed, but I think I was just a classic case of ugly duckling syndrome with a touch of eating my feelings. I don’t think there is anything to be embarrassed of be able to admit that I was not the cutest kid on the block AT THE TIME!
So, I got my second ultrasound yesterday, November 20th! I actually saw my little nugget moving! It was ‘jumping’ in there and moving side to side. The heartbeat was at 150 BPM, but contained static because of the active movement. Doc said my placenta was really thick, and it was providing a lot of blood flow to peanut. She also assured me, “These are great signs of a healthy baby!”
I had not even noticed it before, but I felt a weight disappear. After my brother eventually passed away from his esophageal atresi at 20, my niece’s hip dyspepsia and my nephew’s hydrocephalus, I suppose it was always in the back of my head that there was a strong possibility of having complications occurring during pregnancy or birth. I do feel extremely relieved since she said it.
I got home and probably stared at my u/s pictures for an hour, and noticed my baby’s profile was my profile in my own baby pictures. My dad says it has my grandfathers ears, “the espendez ears” he says. So happy and blessed.