That random white thing by the baby's face is its hand. You can also see where the leg is bent. It was probably getting ready to kick.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
12 week ultrasound
Scott and I went to the doctor today for my 12 week checkup. I was just supposed to get a routine checkup and listen for the heartbeat, but the nurse told us she could do an ultrasound as well if we wanted her to. We both said yes right away, so excited to see how our baby is growing. She started with the ultrasound, and we were shocked at how big the baby had gotten in less than four weeks. We could see its arms, legs, the bones in the legs, a knee, fingers (it was even sucking its thumb for a little bit), its mouth, jaw bones, spine, heartbeat, nose, eyes. It was so incredible. It was moving like crazy, and we think it had the hiccups for part of the time. It also kept kicking its heel against the uterine wall and bouncing back and forth. The nurse asked which one of us (Scott or me) had rhythm because the baby looked like it was dancing (we both answered right away that it was me - and it made me so proud of our little baby). I know it's so soon, but we're already so proud of our child and feel like it's the most perfect baby in the world. It was so neat watching it live inside me. (We weren't able to hear the heartbeat today, so I'm really glad that the nurse did the ultrasound first - otherwise I would have panicked, thinking that something had happened to the baby). We are both so excited and are loving this experience more and more (especially since the morning sickness is becoming less apparent and food is starting to sound good again).