Sunday, September 4, 2011

Heart, spine, and lenses

This week, we had the Money Shot ultrasound. You know, the one where you get to see The Junk.

I'm not going to lie. I had some high expectations for this appointment. First, Andrew and I had placed a friendly wager on which sex the baby would end up being (I won, for the record). Second, this time we were promised something that looked less like a legume and more like ... something you'd put in a onesie.

(Let's be real for a moment, not even the VeggieTales had a legume. Legumes are hard to love.)

The ultrasound tech was really nice; she made sure that I was able to maintain some of my modesty, and in a moment that was *truly* worthy of an adult film, with no warning, she squirted me with warm ultrasound jelly.

"It's warm!" she exclaimed, very pleased that she didn't shock me with cold, unexpected ultrasound jelly.

I laughed my crazy nervous laugh, gave Andrew a sideways look and said, "Yes, yes it is."

So. Back to the magic.

She starts the ultrasound, and it was a lot like watching a post-modern French film. And you don't speak French because your mother told you that living in California, you'd use Spanish more. Ahem.

The tech was friendly, and was walking us through the ultrasound, pointing out things as if we could clearly discern them. Andrew, his usual helpful self, was making noises like he could actually interpret was was really just a Rorschach to me. I *might* have called him out on this. Perhaps in front of the tech.

At one point, there was clearly a foot and a leg, and I felt like a Rhodes scholar being able to point at it and I say, "I know what that is!" Truly, it's the small victories.

Towards the middle, she asks if we want to know the sex, to which we said, "Yes, please!"

She does a quick screen capture, types "girl", and there it is. Our SharkBean is a girl. Check her out:

it's a girl!
Not a shark. Probably.

"How can you tell?" I asked, because really and truly, I couldn't. So she shows us a shot which is the equivalent of SharkBean sitting on a photocopier, commando, at an office holiday party. Which I most certainly hope she does not do. EVER.

(For those of you who were hoping to see some cute baby butt cheeks, Andrew and I had a LONG discussion about invading SharkBean's privacy and posting pictures of her junk- or lack thereof- on the internet. I was rooting for y'all.)

What surprised me the most is how truly awesome ultrasounds are- SharkBean's little bones glowed on the GIANT monitor, showing us that they're all growing the way they should, and also, that she has a big head already (whimper) and the long Lockwood legs (woo!). We saw a healthy little heart, a developing brain, and eyes complete with lenses.

The pièce de résistance was towards the end of the ultrasound, where SharkBean was kicking away, and moving like crazy. Andrew looked at her hands and their movements, and I KID YOU NOT, said, "It looks like she's knitting."


  1. Yay! Congrats! :) This is so exciting! And now you won't have to change the name of the podcast! teehee. :)

  2. Lovely. I think she looks like she's breakdancing.

    Congratulations to you both.

  3. Congratulations Jasmin! Those U/S's are lots of fun! Hazel says congrats too!

  4. Makes total sense that she would be warming up her knitting glad she doesn't have any needles in there with her!...or a spinning wheel! Congrats!

  5. Holy Crud Jasmin! It brings a tear to my eye! How amazing!

  6. That did it ... tears. Happy ones.

  7. Congratulations Andrew and Jasmine, another knitmore girl to add to the podcast too. It would be wonderful if she did love knitting when she grows up wouldnt it. Glad to hear that she is growing well.

  8. Woot! Congrats on a clear ultrasound and success in the guessing game to you too Jasmin.

  9. Wow, how did I miss this??? I did it by only listening to the podcast and not reading your blog. Sheesh; I'm a cheese.

    However, to you and Andrew, Congrats. And congrats to Gigi as well.

  10. How wonderful! Congratulations on your baby GIRL! I am really looking forward to my 20 week ultrasound when I can find out the sex of our baby. I haven't had one since week 8 so am anxiously awaiting my next look in :)

    How are you feeling? What are you reading right now?

  11. Maybe it's the hormones, but this post seriously made me tear up. I'm so happy for you! You guys are such generous, lovely people. I'm wishing you guys the rest of a happy, healthy pregnancy and an easy birth.

    Oh, and you sure she's not a shark-maid? Those feet look awfully fin like ;)

  12. Aw look as those long little fingers. Glad you had a great experience with your ultrasound. Can't wait to hear more about your pregnancy.

  13. I think she IS knitting!!!!!!!
    Are you going to get one of those 3D ultrasounds in a few months?

  14. She is beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us!


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