Friday, January 13, 2012

Anatomy Scan, Veggie Pictures, and First visit to the hospital (25 weeks)

For starters, here are Meg's 24 week photos...people keep telling her she's small or tiny, but I think she looks great! I should mention that it wasn't easy finding corn in January!





















Today I woke up anxious. I don't know if it was Meg's dream (she had a dream last night that Avery turned out to be a boy) or just nerves about the full anatomy scan. Either way, I was a mess all day and counted down the hours until I could pick Meg up at work (I stayed home...I have bronchitis..yuck).

Whether she wants to admit it or not, I think Meg was a little anxious too (her stomach was hurting the entire ride home from her work to my mom's house...she claims it was the frenchbread pizza lol)

We picked Mom up around 1:30 and by 1:40 we were at the hospital. It was beautiful. HUGE. New. Confusing.

We made our way upstairs to maternal fetal medicine. Meg checked in, only to find out that we had to go back downstairs to register at outpatient services...whoops! We walked downstairs, past the cafe  (which has natural foods for me to eat...sweet!) until we finally found registration (all the while ignoring the signs that said "Pitter Patter Mall")  

Unfortunately, it wasn't the right registration booth! We had to go back the other way...when we finally reached the correct desk, they gave Meg a pager. It was like we were waiting to eat at our favorite restaurant, only there wasn't anyone else waiting! Regardless, it was kind of fun to hold onto. When it vibrated, the screen lit up and told us to go into registration room 5.

We were in there for about 10 minutes. Meg had to sign over her life and they had to enter all of her information (and mine) into the computer. They gave Meg a hospital bracelet (not sure why) and sent us back upstairs.

By the time we got back upstairs, the waiting room had cleared out. We waited less than 5 minutes before they took us back.

The technician was super sweet and explained EVERYTHING. She confirmed that Avery IS, in fact, a girl! (insert sigh of relief here!) Mom almost missed the heartbeat because she was too busy texting "Avery is still Avery" (lol my dad was so confused..."what the hell does Avery is still Avery mean?")

My favorite part was when we saw Avery swallow (I think she was smiling, but that's just me) and wave. She still had her feet and legs way over her head...as if at any minute she was going to kick the winning goal into Meg's belly! She had her hands on the side of her face, but cooperated throughout the entire scan. 

Get this though...the ultrasound technician offered to try and get us a 3D picture and the little stinker flipped over and tucked her face against Meg's back. Needless to say, we had to settle for this picture:
















The doctor said everything looked great though. Avery is right where she needs to be, weighing in at 1 lb 13 oz...about the size of an average rutabaga...(25 weeks)





















Oh, and in case you were wondering, we DID eventually make our way towards the "Pitter Patter Mall." It looked cute, but very expensive. We've decided to steer clear for the time being! 

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