Today’s big ultrasound went wonderfully. Knox looks very healthy, everything measured perfectly and they didn’t see any negative markers, which was great news for a paranoid mother-to-be. It was great to stare at him for a full half hour while they measured everything. I expected it to take longer, but the sonographer said Knox was in the perfect position the whole time, he even rolled over right when she needed him to without any jiggling. He is definitely a wiggle worm! He was kicking my bladder (so sweet) and boxing with his little fists (which Trevor loved). He likes his hands in his face, for sure, and kept holding his chin. He has five perfect fingers on each hand, even the u/s tech was amazed at how clearly we could see them all.
With all his wiggling, I was reminded that, hey, I can’t feel any of that! I asked if I have an anterior placenta, and I DO! I knew it! I haven’t felt any additional movement since Sunday, and that’s definitely why. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the placenta usually attached at the back, near your spine. In my case, it’s attached at the front, making a barrier between the baby and my belly and blocking all the movement. Of course, Knox is also breech at the moment and all his kicks are in the bladder area, so any movement would be very low down. The doctor said I should start feeling him in the next week or two and not to worry about that at all. He’s obviously very active, even if I can’t feel him!
Speaking of “him,” he’s definitely a boy! We got a few good shots of his penis, so I am glad I don’t have to return any of his little clothes or repaint the room! I am so happy that everything went well today, and I feel like I can breathe a little easier. I did gain seven pounds in the past four weeks, so I have gained about 12 total. The doctor was happy with that and said I’m doing really well. Always nice to get their approval! I talked to her about my birth plan concerns, and she was very amenable to everything, including letting the umbilical cord stop pulsating before it’s cut, skin to skin contact, and baby rooming in with us. She did say any food or drink would be very limited, but they would let me have popsicles if I felt like my blood sugar was too low or feeling sick. Better than nothing, I guess! I’ll stuff my face before we go in! Next appointment, I will start rotating between all the doctors. This is starting to feel more real!!
Now, the star of the show. These are pictures of pictures, we got a DVD of the whole u/s, so they only printed a couple:
Profile (kind of looking back, though):
Definitely a boy!