Friday, February 29, 2008
18 Week Ultrasound (and Happy Leap Day!)
What an ultrasound can tell you:
It can measure the back of the fold on the neck to tell me whether the baby has a risk of Down's Syndrom (no results yet)
It can tell me how many fingers and toes my baby has (10 and 10)
It can tell me he is "very active"
It can tell me that room is getting a little tighter
That he weighs 8 ounces (two more than he is supposed to!)
That he has long legs and is measuring a little bit ahead
That he is, in fact, a boy
What an ultrasound can't say:
How he will sleep through the night
How he will smell
How much hair he will have
The way I will feel when he first arrives
The color of his eyes--will they be blue like Sam's?
The sound of his voice
The texture of his skin
Whether he will have a small birthmark like Sam
Whether he will like music and wiggle his bum like his sister
What his future profession may be
How he and his sister will be together
How when I hold him, I will melt into motherhood for the second time, when it seems completely impossible right now.
I am getting ready to meet this little boy as I enter the second half of my pregnancy. I want to know all this and more. I can't wait.