baby Becher in 3D

As I mentioned in my last 3D ultrasound post, we were given a “re-do” ultrasound free of charge since they were not able to get a clear shot of baby B’s face. We decided to schedule the ultrasound while our friends Cam and Scott were visiting, and we thought it would be a fun treat to bring them with us to share in the experience!

Stacy and Cam, January 3rd

The ultrasound tech informed us that our baby is breached, which is the reason why it was tough last time to get a good picture in regards to the 3D, and again this time. On a side note, it’s too early for us to worry about the other issues (the real ones that actually matter) in regards to our baby being breached, so right now that’s not our focus. With that said, we did manage to get a few good photos from our 3D session……check out those lips!


WEEK 18

11/15/12-11/21/12

Unfortunately, there is no baby bump picture this week. And for those of you who are kind of enough to check in for weekly updates, my apologies for the delay these past two weeks. We were having some work done in our house these past 2 weeks, and that coupled with family & friends visiting for our 1st thanksgiving dinner threw me for a loop and I’ve gotten behind on the baby blog, among other things! But no worries, baby bump pictures will be back in action starting next week 🙂

With that said, we did have a rather worrisome end to this week. On 11/20, we went to the OBGYN for our 18 week appointment. This included a routine ultra-sound to ensure our baby is growing & developing on track, as well as confirm the sex of the baby. Since we opted for the early-gender detection ultra-sound at 15 weeks, we already knew the sex, but we were excited to have it double & triple confirmed! And indeed, baby Becher is still a GIRL!

The sex, however, soon became the least of our worries, as we learned that our baby has 2 choroid plexus cysts in her brain. Sounds scary, right? You can only imagine how fast the tears came flowing out of my eyes. We were then semi-reassured that everything should be OK, as the cysts are isolated, and ALL ELSE is perfectly fine in regards to growth & development. In these situations, when cysts are present, but are the only abnormality, they typically go away on their own by 23-28 weeks. Even though we were told everything should be okay, we still wanted to see a specialist ASAP.

Luckily, we were able to get an appointment within a few hours to see the same specialist (who we happen to really like!) that we had previously seen for our first trimester testing. The doctor was kind enough to see us late in the afternoon on the day before Thanksgiving so we wouldn’t spend the holiday weekend worrying. He performed a level 2 ultra-sound and confirmed that all aspects of our baby’s development are normal/excellent/perfect — but indeed there are 2 cysts in her brain. However, he assured us that these would dissolve on their own, and cause no issues to our baby since everything else is working as should be. He even pointed out how great it was that we could see our baby’s 5 fingers, because that’s a positive sign all is fine. (As oppose to a clinched fist, which could indicate a problem caused from the cysts). Even though our OBGYN told us everything would likely be okay, as well as my google research immediately done after our first appointment, my tears didn’t truly go away until the specialist promised that there isn’t anything to worry about. And while I can’t say 100% we are in the clear, since obviously anything can happen over the next 20 weeks, I’m trusting in the specialist because otherwise I will drive myself crazy.

On a final note, the specialist confirmed (for what now is the 3rd person to confirm) that baby Becher (who is now the size of a sweet potato) is a girl. Although after this week’s minor scare, our only hope is for a perfectly healthy baby – be it a boy or girl!

baby Becher in 3D!

I found out a few weeks ago that it was possible to tell the sex of the baby earlier than normal (15 weeks versus 18 weeks) with a 3D/4D ultrasound.  For those of you not familiar with the technology, the 3D part is the still photo (which is seen below) and the 4D part is the video portion which we saw while we were getting our ultrasound.  I know there’s not a huge difference in waiting 18 weeks versus 15 weeks, but I couldn’t take it any longer.  I’m a planner, I needed to plan!! So yesterday, we went to Baby Bump 4D in Cary, NC and we not only found out the sex of our baby, but we got some cool 3D pictures.  This one is the most clear, and although it’s a little alien-gooey looking, it’s amazing to actually see our baby’s face!!  Pretty cute, if you ask me…but once again, I’m a little biased!

 

 

 

2nd ultrasound

We opted to have a screening done which tests for down syndrome and trisomy 18 & 21 — both which came back VERY LOW risk! The best part about the test (besides the result) was that we got to have an additional ultrasound. I don’t care what the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting says – our baby is not a plum or a peach or any produce, he/she is an ALIEN!! Just kidding little baby Becher 🙂

Again, it was incredible hearing our baby’s heartbeat and seeing it bounce around loving those somersaults. I only wish we could take home with us a video clip from the ultrasound instead of just a picture. We of course asked about recording it on our phone, but were told taking video of the ultrasound wasn’t allowed!

1st ultrasound

We had our first doctor’s visit today (September 12th) and officially confirmed baby Becher is due April 25th. We also confirmed that there is only one baby inside of me (we weren’t sure since I am showing so early). Baby becher’s heart is beating at 158bpm and all is healthy! We also had our first ultrasound today. I always used to get a little creeped out when I would see someone else’s ultrasound, but when it is your own, it’s incredible. I can’t stop looking at our baby! (sorry to creep any of you out who also don’t like ultrasounds!)