Monday, May 2, 2011

Eating Crow

That's what I'm doing right now because I was wrong...we are having a BOY!!!!! We are very excited, but I have to admit that I was caught off guard when the tech told us. But there's really no arguing with this:

Keith is proud. :)

Things went very well. All body parts/organs looked good and measured on track. Baby is measuring at 13 ounces, which puts him in the 65th percentile or so. I'm 20 weeks and 2 days along, and baby is 20 weeks 3 days. My belly measured 21 cm. I'm very happy about this because I sometimes worried about how both of us would measure. In my last pregnancy Ethan and I measured behind. The fact that this baby measures right on track, if not a little bit big, makes me feel much better. There were only 2 issues that arose during the scan(though at this point neither one of them is truly a real issue). First, it appears that I currently have placenta previa, meaning that my placenta is covering my cervix. As my uterus grows and thins out, the placenta could be move upwards. We will be doing another ultrasound in 8 weeks to check this. If it still hasn't moved, we will do another a few weeks later. If by 30 something weeks it's still covering my cervix, I'll have to have a c-section. In the meantime I have to be careful not to do anything strenuous (not a problem!) to avoid causing any bleeding.

Second, there was a small cyst (a choroid plexus cyst) on part of the brain (I believe the part that produces fluid?). The tech told us that sometimes they see this at this point in an ultrasound, and sometimes they don't. Usually this type of cyst disappears on its own by 30 weeks and is not cause for concern. She and the doc agreed that since our first trimester screening was good and everything else with baby looked healthy, it's not anything to worry about at this point. They will also check for that at my 28 week ultrasound. I'm not feeling worried about it at the moment, but I'm curious if anyone else has had experience with this or knows someone whose baby had one of these cysts? (preferably positive experiences!) I looked on Baby Center and all of the posts I read from women said that their babies had one and it either disappeared before birth, or the baby was born with it and it had no affect on it. Keith and I still feel like all is well with baby, but of course we pray that this cyst is gone by the next ultrasound.

Here are some other pics that we got today:

A profile shot with baby "waving" at us:

Another profile shot:

This one was actually two shots that the tech pieced together so that we could see the whole body together:

Thank you for all of the prayers sent our way. We are feeling very blessed that things went well today, and are very excited about our little man!



  1. What wonderful news! Congrats! And I LOVE the legs crossed picture.

    We have our anatomy scan on Friday and we get to find out what we are having too. I'm super excited/nervous/excited. :)

  2. Wonderful wonderful news!! Congrats on a healthy baby boy! =)

    As far as the cyst goes, I have heard of that before, and I have also heard that it is not normally a cause for concern. =)

  3. I somehow found your blog through other blogs and was moved and inspired by your story, and have been checking in ever since. Congratulations on your little boy-to-be!! What a blessing for you and your husband.

  4. One of my close friends had the same cyst experience with her little girl. It was gone by the time her baby was born. Congratulations on expecting a boy!!!

  5. I am so happy for you Ashley, its wonderful to know that you and the baby are well, I will be praying for your little son for everything to go well.
    God bless you ,

  6. I am so happy for you and your husband that your little man is looking so healthy! What a relief! I'm sure that the cyst will turn out to not be a problem, but I will definitely pray that it goes away soon, so that you don't have to worry. Even though we had a good ultrasound, I still worry sometimes, so I totally understand your feelings. I'm constantly comparing my size and weight during this pregnancy to the last one and hoping that Brooke is continuing to grow correctly. I really look forward to seeing her again at our 26 week ultrasound so that I can make sure she is doing well. Like you and Keith, we have always felt that Brooke is healthy and will be fine, but I still worry sometimes and have some doubts creep in. It's totally normal, but try to focus on the positive ultrasound and tests and on the instincts you have that he is okay. I will continue to pray for you all. God bless!

  7. ashley!!! i've been off the blogs for about 6 months- with our new addition something had to give- and just came back to see this!!!

    I am SO SO SO SO SO SO happy for you!! God is good! :)

    i'm so excited to go back and read all about the past few months!!

    love love love

  8. Yay! A boy! Congrats~! Praying the cyst will be gone soon.