We had the second official ultrasound yesterday. To be honest, the unofficial one was by far the most exciting - back at 12 weeks the baby was baby-shaped and small enough to see all at once, and active. Yesterday, possibly as a result of all the kicking it had been doing in previous days and all the food it had been making me eat, it decided to sleep most of the day. When the picture came up, we got an ariel view of the head, and that was mostly it. We have a couple of head shots showing one eye, but neither of us can really work out the angle as it was explained to us. We saw an arm and a leg and the torso and the heart, and everything's in the right place and the right size, so that's great. But it didn't leave us with much of a sense of the Baby as Person. (I typed "Parson" there first. That would be interesting.)
In fact, even though I'm still small, the baby is measuring ahead of its dates - we were told that the due date according to size, or however they work this out, would be April 29. That's a little more than a week before the real due date. I'm hoping it's just a growth spurt and things will even out - I don't want a gigantor baby, and I really hope this isn't an indication that I have gestational diabetes. I'll be happier when I've finally done that screening test - next Wednesday - and hopefully ruled it out.
The tech was surprised that we didn't want to know the sex, and made us look away when she measured the femur, in case there was anything there to be seen. Then she said "So I'm the only person who'll know...". Heh. Later, when we got a quick shot of the legs as she swept the sensor over that side again, I sort of thought maybe I was seeing something, um, pokey; but I didn't look to hard. Still, I think I need to assume it's a boy, because I'm still not used to the notion that it might be, and I don't want to be disappointed on the day, if it is. And as the tech pointed out, not knowing will stop me from buying too much stuff, because there's a lot less gender-neutral stuff out there. This is a Very Good Point, as now that I've started buying clothes I'm slightly afraid I might lose the run of myself - and my credit card - altogether. It's all so cuuuute.
In other news, we bought a bed frame so that the bed will be at the right height for the co-sleeper to be attached to it. It feels very strange to be so far off the ground. And we booked a weekend in Austin at the start of April, in a nice B&B that doesn't take children. And thus, our child-free holidays will have their swan song.
Also, my hips have started to hurt in bed. It's very strange and distressing to me that I'm actually sort of relieved when it's time to get up, because by then I just can't get comfy. I think there will come a time when I get up and spend the last few hours of the night on the sofa, where I can sort of curl up and thus alleviate the pressure on my hip bones.