I was grinning like an idiot

Today, we had the now monthly checkup for the pregnancy and baby.  It’s now at 15 weeks and 2 days, well into the second trimester.  It was nice to sit in the air conditioned clinic while it was 35 degrees outside.  The wait was around 1 1/2 hours.  When my fiancee’s name was finally called, we went in.  I went in with her this time, as I wanted to see the ultrasound in person.  Let me tell you, that experience left me grinning like an idiot.

It was incredible to see the baby moving.  So active!  Now at 8.31cm from head to butt, the baby is getting big enough to start showing a bit.  I could see everything, from the face, the tiny fingers, hands, arms, legs, feet, the beating heart, and even the bones and stomach.  Everything is there, looking very much like a little baby should through ultrasound.  It was amazing seeing the arm and leg bones, the spine, the ribs, the hips.  It was surreal.  The baby was moving everything.  Its head was turning, the arms were moving around, the legs were kicking, the entire body was twisting and turning.  We even got to see the baby rubbing its face with its arms.

What I won’t say is the baby’s gender.  Not yet.  We know what it most likely is, but at this stage, it’s not completely certain.  So, until we have a more confident answer, the baby is going to still be referred to as “it” instead of “he/she.”  It feels strange to call the baby “it,” though.  Hopefully, we’ll have a much clearer picture about the gender next month!


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