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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Oh, Its Really In There

I had been counting down the weeks and days until my baby's ultra sound since mid-February.  Having not been far enough along to hear the heart beat at the first appointment I had no proof other than my ever expanding waist line that there was a human being growing in my abdomen.

When the moment finally came where I shimmied onto the table in the dark room and bore my belly so that it could be smothered in clear blue jelly.  Seconds later the probe was place on my belly and this is what I saw.

You're looking at the back of the baby's head here.  That's the ear on the side of it's head!

And it was at this moment that I melted into a puddle, right there on the ultrasound table.  As corny as it is I was overwhelmed with happiness to the point that tears came to my eyes.  Clear as day, there it was, a miniature human being about the length of my middle finger swimming around my abdomen.  This is real. I thought.  

The baby actually wasn't just swimming around, but moving like crazy.  It was as if he or she were trying to defend itself against the intrusion of the ultrasound probe with kicks and jabs and twists and turns every time the prob pressed into my belly.  It was at that point, watching the little kickboxer in action, that I began laughing and once I started laughing I couldn't stop.-- How could this baby be moving THAT much and I not feel a bit of it?! -- The ultrasound technician was slightly annoyed since all the laughing made her job nearly impossible so she gave me a break, told me to drink some water to help with the baby's position (apparently a full bladder puts the baby on better display) and she would return in a couple minutes.  

Five minutes later my laughter was stifled and the baby was no less active, still squirming in protest to the prodding as soon as the technician went back to work.  Now that I was laying still the technician really hoped that the baby would follow suit so she had me try a couple positions to get a better view. 


"Lean this way."  she'd tell me and I roll to the right.  "Ok, now lean that way" and I'd roll the other way.  After numerous times of rolling this way and that she paused with frustration of not being able to obtain the measurements she needed.  "Can you straighten your legs out for me?"  the technician said this was the baby's response.


I couldn't feel a thing, but clear as day on the screen the baby stretched out its legs are far as it could and arched its back.  Whether it was just a stretch or in protest I am not sure, but I began laughing hysterically again at the baby's action mirroring my own. 

Shawn pointed out how the baby has already picked up one of his traits... the ability to be easily annoyed, as evidenced by the protest we witnessed to the ultrasound probe.   Whether that's true or not I still haven't stopped smiling.  It's pretty darn real now. 

15 comments:

Kimberly said...

what an exciting moment for you and your husband.

Rosanne said...

I remember that feeling of wonder when I first saw my baby on the ultrasound. All of a sudden it WAS real. What a glorious feeling! Are you planning on finding out the sex of your baby?

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Rosanne, we are planning on finding out and hope to at our next appointment near the end of April!

24atheart said...

Oh Jen, how exciting! Now I have tears in my eyes. Yes, this is real and it has only just begun. I framed my little punkin's first pic and hung it on the fridge. I still have that little framed ultrasound picture, 26 years later in my jewelry box! It's a moment you will treasure forever. Enjoy!

Kristin said...

:-) Gotta love when they have personality in the womb. Sam still does things at a year old that I witnessed him doing on the ultrasound. What a precious moment for you!

Mel said...

It is so amazing to see that little human being on the screen. And yes, they do have traits there that they carry on into the real world. My daughter was curled up in a tight ball for the ultrasound, and she is still VERY shy. Waht a great first for you, one you will never forget!

Jordan von Trapp said...

Hi Jen!
I am pretty new at this blogging world and am just learning how many cool blogs are out there - I just now came across Pioneer woman & right away your "cabin fever in VT" tag caught my eye so I clicked on you :)
I have seen & admired NEK photography on etsy (I am a photographer too). we live in the Mad River valley but drive up to Jasper Hill often, I <3 the kingdom. Congratulations on the baby! keep up the good work! jordan von trapp / www.saucyvermont.com

thesedaysofmine.com said...

I'm smiling! It's always wonderful to see ultrasound pics, and know how excited the parents are. I also have the ones of my son 30+ years ago. YES, they were doing ultrasounds THEN!

Misty Dawn said...

What a wonderful post. You had me smiling and laughing! I'm so very happy for you.

Rachel Roushey said...

It's hard not to laugh when you get to see the baby moving all around! I'm glad he or she is growing well and that you were able to see him/her even though you can't feel him/her yet. It makes it more feel even more real, right?

Thanks for you comment earlier today on my eagle shot. I have been trying to get a good shot since the fall and never was happy with one because they were always too far away or when I would try to get close they would fly off. Luckily I had my 300mm lens with me and he was just posing for me left and right. :)

~A said...

That is sooo exciting!! Congratulations!!

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Hi Jen, this is my first time here and I'm so glad I stopped over! Congratulations on your pregnancy! No better feeling in the world than seeing that baby moving and growing inside:)

Beth said...

Congratulations again :) It really does make it real, doesn't it? I still remember my son's first sonogram, and that was over 8 years ago now. He was not nearly as active as your little guy (or girl) but I got the most beautiful, clear profile picture of him. It's always amazing to find out there is a real, tiny little person in there. So happy for you!

Fire Wife Katie said...

Yay! Hi there, little person! Nice to meet you! :D

Dianne said...

You'll remember that incredible moment for the rest of your lives! I'm expecting a new grandbaby in September also. Can't wait!

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