Friday, January 28, 2011

The BIG 20 week ultrasound!!!

OK- so I know that most people reading this already know the outcome of the BIG ultrasound, and may have already seen the pictures. But I still wanted to write a post for this day. This was on Dec. 28th-exactly a month ago today- I cannot believe that! Part of the reason I have not written this blog post yet is because the day was so so so emotional, I feel it's very hard for me to even write about it. The day was wonderful- but I was an emotional wreck! 

This day was the Christmas gift that Ryan and I were waiting for! It was already special because Ryan's parents were in town for Christmas and were able to be there with us. Ryan's sister, Camille was supposed to fly out the day before, but thanks to the wonderful snow storm that hit the east coast- her flight was cancelled. I was thrilled, absolutely thrilled that she would be able to be there with us too, it really made the day so much more special for me. 

Our appt. was scheduled for 1pm. Of course, I had a terrible time sleeping the night before. I was having crazy dreams that kept waking me up. I was feeling all sorts of things. ABOVE and beyond anything else I was freaking EXCITED! I couldn't wait to see our baby again, I couldn't to see how this baby was doing, and of course I couldn't wait to find out if we were expecting a boy or a girl. But at the same time I was nervous! I can't explain why- but I was. For the obvious reasons that I wanted everything to be ok, I just wanted to hear that we had a healthy baby growing in there!

Ryans parents and sister waiting for the appt. 

My parents waiting...

Ryan and I waiting. We are very excited and very happy- even though we don't necessarily look it in this  picture!!! 

Once we were finally called in for our appointment, I told the ultrasound technician that we had quite a few people coming in the room with us- luckily we were in a large enough room for everyone. With Ryans parents and sister, my parents, my grandmother and 8-year-old cousin, I was worried 9 of us would be too many for one room, but it was perfect.  I was so happy to have all of them there. 

When we got into the room layed down on the bed and everyone gathered around- I couldn't see the screen so I asked the technician if I would be able to see- she kind responded in a snotty way and said "Well as long as I can see" and slightly turned the screen my way. I was thinking-  UHHHH--HELLO?!? What pregnant woman would NOT want to see this?! I realize this is your job, and you do this ALL the time, but this is MY first time, MY first child, I WANT to see everything! I politely told the woman that I was very interested in everything that was going on and I would appreciate being able to see everything and asked if she would explain everything as she was going along. Thank-you-very-much. 

The ultrasound was long! We got to see so many great things. She pointed out the spine (which looks so cool, like a strand on pearls), the kidneys, we saw the brain and all that fun stuff. We saw baby's little hands and legs.  When the tech first started looking around the baby was facing my spine, so the tech said she'd check back in a bit and hopefully the baby would move so we could get a view of it's face. A little while later she went down to check baby's "area" of course, babies legs were crossed, so she said we'd have to check back and hopefully the baby would move. I was like, "come on, baby, we wanna see your face and I'd really love to know if your a boy or a girl". Although the ultrasound was long, and I was lying in an extremely uncomfortable position in order to see the screen, I LOVED every second of it! I was just in complete awe that all of these images were coming from INSIDE of me- they were images of MY baby, OUR baby- a baby that will be little pieces of me and Ryan. It was a crazy feeling. Finally we got to see the baby's face and even though it looked skeleton like I still thought it was the cutest little face ever! Thank goodness baby moved around we got images of the face AND of course- the most exciting part- we found out--

It's a GIRL!

I was so excited to hear this- I started crying. I had pretty strong feelings that the baby was a girl- and YES I have plenty of witnesses that will tell you I made that guess weeks before the ultrasound. We would have been beyond happy either way- it just felt SO good to finally KNOW for sure. 

After the appt. Ryan's parents had to head out to catch their flight. It was as always, hard to say goodbye. But I am really so happy that they were able to be there with us for this wonderful milestone in our pregnancy. I have such a wonderful family and I feel so blessed to be able to bring a new life into such a loving family.

We only got 4 pictures from the ultrasound, but I LOVE them, SO here she is- our Baby Princess...

Her little arm and cute little hand!

Baby girl facing us! In my eyes, thats the cutest little face ever!

Profile shots, in the first one her little mouth was open! So cute.  Love the second one- I cannot wait to kiss that little face!

We went straight home after the appt. I was completely exhausted. Since I had not slept the night before, then the whole morning I was nervous and laying in an awkward position for an hour during the appt, also since I was so nervous, my body had been tightened up all day. Plus I had felt SO many emotions in such a short period of time- I WAS physically and mentally exhausted. The rest of the day was a nice, relaxing, lazy day.

I feel truly blessed with this little lady that is going to be making us a family. I cannot wait to meet her! 

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