I went to my potentially-super-long 18-week anatomy ultrasound today and thankfully the baby “cooperated” so it only took about 40 minutes. (They book you in for a 2-hour time slot in case the baby does not cooperate!)
At this appointment, all sorts of scans are done. The tech consistently pushes pretty hard on the belly so thank goodness I’ve mastered the art of water-drinking prior to ultrasounds. Because I’ve always had a useless bladder, my routine is this (and it’s worked out perfectly both times to date):
Eat breakfast with absolutely no water. Pee as much as possible to empty out the bladder. Gain thirst until half an hour before ultrasound. Quickly chug a small bottle of water. By the time the perenially-late appointment actually begins, the water will have been in my system for a good 45 minutes to an hour, and I most likely won’t break out in cold sweat trying not to pee my pants because I drank too early.
We’ll find out the analysis of today’s ultrasound at our OBGYN appointment on Wednesday. Unfortunately the ultrasound picture was far too sketchy for me to determine whether Future Child is a boy or a girl (talk about one big monochromatic blur; I think “Fifty Shades of Gray” should really be about ultrasound imaging. At the very least, it would result in far more sophisticated content.) Hopefully the images are clear enough for the doctor to determine the sex. On verra.
The greatest thing about today was that we got a couple of incredibly clear shots of Future Child’s face. My mom, Yann’s sister, and I all think he or she looks like Yann so far. I guess sommmebody’s got strong genes. Let’s hope the baby has Yann’s sniper vision and not my Asian blindness.
I was also immediately reminded of this:
I watched Kubrick’s Space Odyssey series when I was young and really didn’t understand most of it, but this image has always stuck in my head. And when I saw Future Child on the screen, I was like “Hmm looks like Starchild”. Or a waxy alien.
Here’s another angle:
Which reminded me of this:
Upon looking into Future Child’s face, I’m feeling a mixture of wonderment and awe. It’s crazy that this lifeform has already become so developed, especially since I’m not yet showing too much. I’m fascinated that the baby has taken such shape. Weirdness!!
*I’ve decided to expand my post titles beyond horror and into the sci-fi genre. These may or may not include horror-sci-fi combos like EventHorizon.
**For those of you not obsessed with Pompeii, this is a cast made by archeologists who poured plaster into holes left by victims after their bodies had already decomposed. Although they’re not actual mummified bodies, the details preserved by volcanic ash right down to the texture of clothing fabric are absolutely mindblasting and well, incredibly sad.