If you asked me to describe my son today, I’d tell you that he’s a stubborn and/or shy wiggle-worm.
And then I’d tell and show you that he is absolutely gorgeous.
See what I mean?
It’s a little hard to tell, but in this photo from his 4D ultrasound his lips are just ever so slightly turned up in a smile.
Isn’t technology incredible?!
My grandmother told me recently that when she was pregnant with one of her six children her doctor predicted the baby’s sex simply by feeling her stomach. I was too befuddled by the idea of it to even ask her whether or not his prediction turned out to be correct. Apparently, he became well-known in the community for his technique.
Today, we would find that totally ludicrous. But back then, the doctor’s guess was as good as any.
My grandmother’s story made me stop and think about how spoiled we have been in this pregnancy. For example, we have been able to listen to his heartbeat any time we want with our home doppler. And get this – we have been listening to it since the 9th week of pregnancy. After finding out we were pregnant at 4 weeks, we spent only 5 weeks wondering and worrying about our baby’s health before we could detect his heartbeat at home any hour of any day. I can’t even tell you how much peace of mind that has brought to us along the way.
And then there are the ultrasounds. Because of previous complications, we have had quite a few – especially during the first and second trimesters. The quality of ultrasounds today is really impressive. We found out at just 15 weeks that we were growing a baby boy. And, of course, the ultrasounds were also able to reveal to us so many details about his development along the way.
Hearing him and seeing him throughout this pregnancy has helped me feel connected to him. It’s proof that he’s really in there. We really did create a little person! It makes me wonder how differently parents experienced their pregnancies prior to the development of technologies that we have today. Did they feel more removed from their growing babies?
Anyway, let’s get back to the 4D ultrasound. They’re still pretty expensive, but we just couldn’t resist the urge to splurge. We’ll only be pregnant with this baby once. We made an appointment for 30 weeks, which is supposedly the best time to see facial features.
However, babies get a say in whether or not they show you their facial features. And our guy was just not in the mood. It took us more than half an hour to get him to cooperate.
I turned from my back to my right side to my left side to my back and so on. Each and every time, the baby turned with me! All we could see was the side of his head and his hand. He has the cutest ears, by the way! We tried to shake him up by walking around, using the bathroom, and drinking cold water. He was still not having it.
The ultrasound technician was ready to give up. He asked if we wanted to come back on another day. We opted to try for just another few minutes and then just wrap it up. Sure, we hoped to see his face more clearly, but we thought the glimpses we’d had were cool enough. Sometimes babies don’t cooperate, and that’s okay. Besides, we had a great time watching him wiggle around.
But in those last few minutes, our son decided it was finally time to throw in the towel and let us see him. It was like he knew that we were about to give up, and he thought he’d throw us a bone.
He moved his hands, and there he was. Our boy. His eyes and nose and lips and cheeks. So cute! We managed to get a handful of really great photos of him. My favorite is the one I shared above where he appears to be giving us a little smile. I used it to make photo tiles for our family members for Christmas.
Seeing their reactions was almost as great as the ultrasound itself.