Tuesday, February 19, 2008

18-week Ultrasound

I think this is the first picture of the baby I've posted to the blog. This is from our 18-week ultrasound, where the doctor checks that appendages and major organs are present. (Check!)

To me, this picture is absolutely amazing. Our baby has a face! With a nose! And lips! You can see it all right there!

I know, too many exclamation points. But it had to be done.

The funniest part of the ultrasound was when the doctor (whom I'd never met before—not my regular OB-Gyn) randomly started poking my belly. Everything on the screen went all jiggly. I thought maybe she was doing it to prove that what was on the screen was live, and not a recording? I wasn't really sure.

She moved her hand to the other side and started poking my belly again. Not painfully, but with enthusiasm. Keith and I looked at each other and giggled. Finally, she explained.

"I need to measure the baby's brain," she said. "And it's turned in the wrong position so I can't get a clear image. I'm trying to get the baby to move."

Then she moved her hand again and poked right in the middle of my belly.


cat said...

Awwww! What a CUTE baby!!! ;)

Amy said...

Well? Did the kid move?

I'm going to assume the answer is "yes." : )

Anyhow, congratulations, of course, and I'm glad to hear that everything is going well, appendage- and major organs-wise.

Sister Ruth said...

Thanks for sharing the picture! How awesome! My prayers are with you.

M. Lubbers said...

Thanks! I do think the baby is adorable, but I may be somewhat biased since it is currently living inside me.

Amy: It never seemed to me like the baby shifted position significantly, but it must have moved enough because she did measure the brain.

revjeremy said...


M. Lubbers said...

An intriguing comment, Jeremy.

Are you asking whether the doctor had long fingernails with which to poke me?

Are you asking if the baby has fingernails?

Are you asking about the status of my fingernails?

For the record, the doctor's fingernails were short and unobtrusive. I'm pretty sure Little L already has fingernails and toenails. My nails were getting way too long, but I just trimmed them earlier in the week.

Thanks for asking!;)

revjeremy said...

really, the baby has fingernails?

M. Lubbers said...

Indeed! According to this article, the fingernails start to develop at week 12 and the toenails start growing at week 16.

Doesn't it seem odd that they don't grow at the same time?