So apparently Chalula/Rhonda (still don’t have a name…) doesn’t like to be woken up. This morning I went to my regular appointment and made the mistake of being late and not grabbing something to eat or drink before I went. This meant that she was still asleep when I got to the ultrasound.
She’s been awake at pretty much every ultrasound I’ve gotten so I never realized that they actually track movement as well- so the tech started to try and wake her up. First she pushed the wand up and down on my right side where her bottom is. She kept on sleeping. Then the tech moved to the other side of my belly and did the same thing to her feet. That helped a little- she woke up as long as her feet were being bothered and then went right back to sleep when the wand moved.
Since there hadn’t been enough movement she had me try and lay on my left side. Easier said than done. You try moving a giant belly covered in gel while on an exam table, doesn’t work very well. No luck- but I knew it wouldn’t work as well since she usually responds more on my right side. After a little bit we tried on my right side and when that didn’t work the tech pushed her bottom one last time. I guess the baby figured out that we weren’t going anywhere and she’d be bothered until she did some aerobics in my belly that she started to cooperate.
Then the tech laughed and said the baby was showing off for us by immediately practicing her breathing and moved enough for the tech to finish the ultrasound. Last 6 weeks, 5 minute appointments. Today, 25 minutes.
But wait, there were more appointments today. The last two weeks she has taken longer to respond during her NST’s. So I was hoping things would go more quickly today. I had a lunch break between the ultrasound and NST so I made sure I got a great lunch and drank a ton. Thank goodness it worked. I guess she had a slow start but my doctor said she went crazy for the last half. No checking on Amy 20 times before removing the monitors today!
Lastly I went to see my doctor. I was curious about my measurement from last week- I saw a different doctor and he measured me at 35 centimeters, I should’ve measured 32. I asked if they measure differently and he said he was wondering about the same thing. If the measurement was right I grew 3 centimeters in a week. Today I’m 36 centimeters so I finally get a growth ultrasound now. He said my fluid levels are right where they should be so it’s possible that I either have a longer or fatter baby.
Overall the doc said everything looks fine and everything is growing great.
Comparison note: With Lucy at this time we were in Denver getting tests done to rule out Down’s. It’s nice not worrying about that now.