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19 weeks, 1 day
|This was the day of our big "Anatomy Scan" ultra-sound
exam. During this examination, the nurse performs an ultra-sound with what
is essentially a checklist of parts, and organs to look for.
For example she found and printed images of the chambers of the heart, the diaphragm, the stomach, the kidneys etc
Let me say up front, that I knew the viewing audience would be waiting for images since I haven't had any for quite a while. Well, this is a busy exam, and it took the nurse about 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete, and the babies were not co-operating! So even though I asked for images, she was not able to get a good "profile" shot.
BUT she did come up with this little gem from a quickly turning "Boris":
Yes, you may (or may not) have guessed. That is an image of a 19
week old "foot". That's all you can see in this image! Right there in the
middle in that black patch, heel on the right, and toes on the left!
Okay on to the details of the anatomy scan. The scan generally went well. Abigail was "on top" or "up front". Kind of hard to describe, but she was the easier one to view. Boris was in the back of the bus, and it was a little more difficult for the nurse to get at, but she was still able to complete her checklist on both babies. The measurements indicate that the babies are a good size for their gestational age.
Now the nurse checks for everything, so since we requested NOT to know the sex of the babies, when the time came, she told us not to look at the monitor, and she went about her business. We looked away, she didn't! SO, they probably know what we are going to have, but we don't know, so as far as we are concerned, it could still be 2 girls, 2 boys, or a boy and a girl. We'll just have to wait to see what we get. We decided we still want to be surprised.
But as I alluded to above, all was not perfect. All body parts were
found to the nurses satisfaction, but she did find one abnormality.
The doctors did not seem too concerned, but did talk to us about it. All evidence in the ultra-sound points to a healthy baby. In fact, the head doctor said: "If he were here today, I'd introduce you to Dr. So-and-so, whose son was born last year, and had a "2 vessel" umbilical cord, and he is perfectly normal.
So, wanting all the information I could find, I have searched the
Internet, and come up with the following information.
Here are the sites I found that are reassuring:
The Three-Vessel Cord
- Atlanta Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Umbilical Cord - Stanford University School of Medicine
cord - Stork Net - "parents help site"
vessels in his cord - Ask the Midwife
So I have done some homework, and we feel a little more reassured.
I'll keep you informed.
Last but not least, the second bear should be arriving any day now!