We had our first real ultrasound yesterday. I didn’t know there were different types of ultrasounds, but I guess the one we had at the OB’s office was a smaller version of a real ultrasound. For this appointment, we went to an actual ultrasound clinic. Instead of a tiny little computer screen, we had a big screen TV at the foot of the bed displaying our baby.
My wife is technically a high risk pregnancy since she is a type 1 diabetic. She’s had diabetes since she was a little girl, so it’s nothing new for her. However, the doctor wants to make sure everything is good with the baby, so we had this ultrasound much sooner than normal. Every picture we’ve seen of the baby so far has been so small and low resolution that it was hard to tell we were even looking at a baby. This time, it was very clearly a baby. We saw arms, legs, head, spine, etc. We also saw the baby actually move around. It looked like hiccups, but the ultrasound tech says all babies twitch like that.
One thing that happened yesterday is the tech tried to take a 3d image. of the baby. If you’ve never seen one of these images, here’s a stock image from Google:
I haven’t seen one of these pictures that I like. They’re always grainy with that weird orange/yellowish tint, and the baby’s skin always looks like melted candle wax. Maybe I’m a little old school, but I can wait until the baby is born to see the face. We’re also going to wait to find out the gender, so I’m probably not the target demographic for finding out every tiny detail about your baby pre-delivery. I enjoy waiting for the surprise.
The whole baby thing is becoming more and more real everyday. My wife is starting to show, she’s moved into the second trimester, and I have to talk to HR about paternity leave. It’s simultaneously exciting and scary. I know it’s not a big deal for people who already have kids, but it’s my first time. I don’t feel ready, even though we’re in a really good spot. We got married, finished school, and both have decent jobs all before getting pregnant. Materially, we’re ready for this. I just don’t feel like I’ve done enough to prepare. I’m reading a couple baby books and I started working on building a crib (expect progress posts coming soon), but I don’t know if I’ll ever feel like I’ve done enough. July is fast approaching, and while I may feel a bit underprepared, my wife and I couldn’t be more excited.