Today we had our 30 week appointment. We had an ultrasound scheduled and then an appointment with our doctor. We’ve had 3 ultrasounds so far, one at 8 weeks, 20 weeks and 25 weeks. We haven’t gotten the best pictures at these appointments because Henry keeps facing towards the camera, so we have some kinda creepy “alien” looking pictures. No good profile pictures and no full body shots. Just pictures of an arm, a face, a leg, etc. So when we got into the ultrasound room we told the tech we were hoping for a good profile shot. She said she’d try her best, but when she started the ultrasound, we weren’t seeing much. He still keeps facing forward and for a second we had a good profile shot, but it didn’t last long.
She took her measurements of his head circumference, abdominal circumference and femur length. Then she said, “ok, let’s see if we can move this little guy around.” Then she flipped a switch on the ultrasound machine, and bam!! Everything switched to 4D mode and there he was. His precious little face!!!!!!! Greg and I were in total shock. We never thought we’d get to see him in 4D (cause honestly, I didn’t want to pay extra for it, and I feel like sometimes they still aren’t that great of images). But there he was, crystal clear on the screen. It was amazing. Greg and I just couldn’t stop gawking at the screen and “ooo-ing and ahh-ing” over him! 🙂 He is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. And the best part is, we didn’t have to pay extra after all. The tech said at UAB they don’t charge for the 4D images (I guess just for that last ultrasound). Oh, and at one point we could see him opening his mouth and smacking his little lips. He’d pucker them out too! I’m so obsessed with these images! 🙂
Today he measured at 4 pounds. Our doctor told us to expect about 1/4 pound each week from now until our due date. So if we go all the way to term, we could probably expect him to weight somewhere between 6 and 7 pounds. Perfect!!! I would love that. I know it sounds crazy, but a 9 lb baby is just not a little newborn. I know I’m used to the super teeny-tiny babies, and I certainly want him to be healthy and go to term. But I would be thrilled with a perfect little 6 pound newborn 🙂 He’s right at 51%ile. Oh, and after my shocking 8 pound weight gain at my last appointment, I was pretty excited to just see 1 additional pound this time. My BP is still normal at 131/75. So all is good.
Ok, now for the best part. Pictures!! 🙂 The blurry squiggly stuff in front of his face is umbilical cord. And he doesn’t have a short nubby arm (which is how it looks in some pics!) 😉