Throughout this pregnancy, I wanted to make sure Christopher and I experience everything new parents possibly could and soak up all things carrying a baby entails since this will be our only child. I always knew I wanted to do a 3D ultrasound but I had no idea it would be my first taste of how children have a mind of their own.
Our first appointment was on October 20th at Sweet Pea 4D Ultrasound. Coincidentally it happened to be the day before our 3 year anniversary and exactly a year after we found out we lost our 2nd baby so it was a special day for us. I was almost 30 weeks along and we were so excited to “meet” Baby Boy.
Excitement quickly turned into disappointment when we saw that not only was Baby Boy facing my spine, but he also had his hands up covering his face and was pretty attached to the placenta (the tech called it his pillow). He did not want to be seen. At all.
For the next hour I drank cold water and orange juice, walked around, had some gummy bears, and tried everything to get him to move position.
No luck. He pretty much slept through the entire session.
Sweet Pea asked us to come back in a week so we can try again. They suggested I eat a meal and drink some caffeine to keep him awake and alert. Before our 2nd appointment, I did just that. And Baby Boy did move — his arms and legs to cover his face. Christopher even played the Star Wars theme song for him but it didn’t make a difference. He played peek-a-boo with us and we barely got glimpses of his nose and lips but did get great views of his little hands and feet. haha
Fortunately, the really sweet girls at Sweet Pea offered us a 3rd appointment. They felt so bad we didn’t get any photos or video and really wanted to make sure we were happy. We were grateful they were even willing to give us another appointment so, again, we decided to come back the following week.
Third time wasn’t a charm which brings us to our fourth appointment last Friday. At almost 33 weeks, we finally got to see Baby Boy’s face…kind of. He was still very much attached to the placenta and his hands were still up by his face but he was actually facing forward this time and we managed to get a few photos. And by a few I mean 3 good ones before he decided he had enough and hid behind his hands and feet again.
We couldn’t help but laugh at our entire experience and the first parenting lesson we learned. We may have made this child but he certainly has a mind of his own and is his own person. I can’t help but feel closer to our son who seems so introverted and shy just like his parents were as children (and still are to a certain degree). I realize this experience doesn’t necessarily mean he will be this way outside of the womb but it certainly showed us that we can’t be in control of everything when it comes to this little human. And that’s ok. It’s a good reminder that our job is to nurture and accept him and make sure he’s the best version of his true self rather than try and make him into someone we think he should be.
I’m excited to share Baby Boy’s first photos with you. Yes, they’re not perfect nor are they the best but we now have this memory and we were able to capture this moment and that’s what matters the most. I can’t wait to stare at his little face in real life and squeeze and kiss those cheeks and lips. Seven more weeks can’t come soon enough.
Smooshing his face against the placenta (his right side)
P.S. If you’re looking to do a 3D ultrasound, we can’t recommend Sweet Pea 4D Ultrasound enough. The girls there are so sweet and patient and we really appreciate how much they cared about us getting good images. They’re currently located in Studio City but will be moving to Beverly Hills in a couple of weeks. (This is not a sponsored post, by the way.)
P.P.S. Baby Boy has been head down since 29 weeks and hoping he stays that way until he comes out.