Tuesday, July 8, 2014

13 weeks and NT scan

On Thursday we were having a BBQ at work for 4th of July.  Since our appointment was at 3 and we had to stop and check on our friend's guinea pigs beforehand we had planned on leaving work after the BBQ.  At noon the office staff headed downstairs to eat.  Well, the warehouse staff had already gone to town and by the time we got to the food there was only a meager amount of sausage and peppers (yuck!) and salad left.  Awesome.  Dave and I just left, figuring we could pick something up on the way.  After checking in on the pigs we ended up stopping at Wendy's to grab food.

We got home and loaded up the car.  Right after the appointment we would be leaving to head down to Wildwood for the holiday weekend.  Arrived at the OB office and got situated in the ultrasound waiting room.  The tech called us back and we got situated in the room.  It was an abdominal ultrasound, yay for getting to keep my pants on!  She started the scan and baby girl was moving and flailing around like crazy!  It was amazing to see, her little arms and legs were punching and kicking and she was bobbing up and down.  The tech started trying to get the needed measurements and shots, but baby girl had other plans.  Every time the tech zoomed in baby would jump out of the way.  The theme of the ultrasound ended up being the tech jiggling the probe against my abdomen and saying "come on baby, work with me".

Baby girl has two arms, two legs, bladder, stomach, nasal bone, and a NT measurement of 1.3.  Her heart was beating steadily at 165bpm.  The tech was very happy with how she looked and printed off lots of profile shots.  Here is she is:

Once the scan was finished the tech brought us over to the lab for the blood work portion of the test.  We had decided to do the genetic disease panel called Inherigen Plus as well.  It tests for 163 genetic diseases as well as Cystic Fibrosis, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and Fragile X.  I had CF and SMA done during IF testing, but not Fragile X.  The blood draw was done quickly and it was back to the big waiting room.

We were supposed to be seeing Dr. B for the follow up.  After about 30 minutes of waiting the office manager came out and said that he was running about an hour behind due to earlier emergencies.  Unfortunately we could not wait that long.  Our hotel in Wildwood would only hold the reservation until 8pm.  We rescheduled the appointment for Monday and headed out.

The weekend in Wildwood was wonderful.  Two other couples joined us and it was a very relaxed weekend.  Arthur rained out the 4th of July festivities and everything was rescheduled for the next day.  Luckily Saturday was absolutely beautiful and we spent most of the day on the beach.  I was absolutely exhausted by the end of the weekend and very happy to get home to the kitties and our bed.  We posted our FB announcement after getting home:

How far along? 13 weeks
Total weight loss/gain? +5 lbs
Stretch marks? Nothing new
Maternity clothes? Maternity bottoms are a must, regular tops are getting snug in the chest area.
Sleep? Hard to find a comfortable position
Gender? Girl
Best moment of the week? Seeing butterfly during the NT scan
Movement? I felt some fluttering this morning, not sure if it was actually baby
Food cravings? No actual cravings, egg aversion is back though
Belly button in/out? In
What I miss: Staying up past 10pm
What I am looking forward to: Seeing my brother this weekend
Milestones: Butterfly is the size of a peach    
13 weeks


  1. she's already beautiful! Congratulations!

  2. Hiiiii baby!!! So glad that everything went well! And I love your announcement, I so want that onesie!!