Routine ultrasound week! I’m so excited and yes, we thought about finding out the sex of the baby.
Before you bite me head off, I know that knowing the sex of the baby isn’t the most important thing, of course it isn’t! The most important thing is that Mini is doing well. That said, even though the pregnancy has felt way more real now that I can feel Mini fluttering around in there, I just wanted to feel even closer. Knowing the sex, I don’t know, to me it would allow me to imagine a face to this little one who’s so loved already. Can we just stop with all the (mom) shaming? If you think that finding out the sex is completely irrelevant, or you’d rather have a surprise, that’s great. There’s no need to tell me that it’s stupid. You’re entitled to your opinion, and I’m entitled to feel like I’d like to know. We all have our reasons behind things, and that’s okay.
The ultrasound was such a lovely experience, my eyes were glued to the screen as they (the midwife and her student) zoomed in and measured each and every part of Mini. Looking at the little heart fluttering in there, it was so great. D was with me this time too, which was great for the both of us. I could tell, even before we arrived at the appointment, that Mini was super active. The whole train ride, I could feel flutters like crazy; maybe Mini could tell I was excited. The movements continued throughout the whole exam and I could tell the student occasionally got a bit nervous about it. Poor thing. The midwife had to take over at times and they had to return to check on the heart since the little one kept moving around. Ha. It’s definitely our baby.
In the end she just said that I could wipe off the gel and that they were ready. I asked if they’d seen the sex, but the student said she’d been preoccupied to check on all the other things that she hadn’t noticed anything. The midwife said that checking the sex wasn’t included in the exam, but that she could check quickly. We’d already been there for about 45 minutes, so I think they were a bit stressed. The midwife took over and checked, at this point however, our little babe had put itself into a position with the umbilical chord between its legs, so they couldn’t tell.
I spoke to a few co-workers about this afterwards and they asked me if I’d noticed when they measured Mini’s legs. I did remember and they asked if I’d seen anything at that point (between the legs) and I didn’t. They also said that during exams like that, sometimes they determine that it’s a girl by what they don’t see and given the fact that they’d hadn’t reacted at all during the exam; it might point to the fact that Mini’s a girl. We’ll see. I’m just looking forward to Mini getting here, regardless! And I’m thrilled that the exam went well and that everything looked good!
I’m also happy that I asked them to look for the sex, even if we didn’t find out, we got the most amazing ultrasound picture! Mini is a very limber little one and D just laughed and said that it must have gotten it from me, because it’s definitely not from him. It kind of looks like Mini’s smiling too! ❤
Baby: Mini measures 25,6 centimeters from head to heel and weighs about 300 grams. During this week the baby will be developing more regular sleep patterns and you might become aware of them – especially since most babies get more active when mom tries to sleep. At this point in your baby’s development, most of the energy is utilized in gaining weight. The placenta has reached its maximum thickness and is busy supplying your baby all the nutrients and oxygen and disposing of the wastes. (Info from the Pregnancy+ app).
Me: I’ve felt better this week! Not as tired and things at work has started to dial down, luckily. My mood as been quite leveled too and I don’t know, it’s like I feel more like my pre-pregnancy self. Soon we’re halfway there and a part of me just wants to meet Mini, but there’s another part of me that doesn’t want this part to end.