Friday, August 6, 2010

Ultrasensational Ultrasounds

If you had told us 6 months ago, a year ago, at any point really, that we would be having identical twin boys, we would have laughed in your face.

In the last few months we've had some time to process the reality a bit and I must say, there are some wonderful advantages of adding two babies to the family at the same time.

For starters, we get a peek at these guys every 3 weeks. And soon every week.

Every ultrasound appointment I feel like popping some popcorn, bringing it to the office and just kicking back and watching the show. (That is of course when I'm not sick with worry that the babies are okay - or that the Dr. tells us there's one more hiding in there!)

From where Chris and I sit we can watch the sono on a flat screen TV, and we have the Dr. right there to give us the play by play.

At the first few appointments we were mostly just listening for steady heartbeats and checking brain development, but then we moved on to gender determination and positioning and blood flow.
My favorite part is watching what they're doing in there.

Chris and I joke that they have a construction project underway. Maybe a baby pirate ship, possibly an ark, new shelving unit...who knows. But they are busy.

Already we feel like they have personalities developing so watching what they're up to on the big screen is indescribably exciting.

We thought for today you might enjoy just a taste of what we've been treated to for the last couple of months.

I've edited down the 22 min. long videos to some of the "best of."

This is both babies at 16 weeks - after about 3 sec. you can see them punching each other.

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Then at 23 weeks Dr. W was trying to get some measurements on Baby A, when who comes intruding in on the shot? Baby B.

(Baby A is on his side looking away from the camera, the shaking is my belly bouncing because I'm laughing.)

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And then there's our sono from yesterday.

I was fascinated when Chris and Dr. W helped me make out the lips and nose. You can see him circle around the nose with his cursor because I needed some serious help seeing this. Chris saw it right away.

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And then there's the 3D.

It looks a little sci-fi like. Dr. says the waviness is caused by the fluid and such. It's still a little early for 3D so you have to look close, but it's Baby B's face.

Chris thinks he has his nose. You can judge for yourselves.

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Baby A was being shy but we'll try to get him next time.

We're happy that everyone is healthy and we're on track for a late October delivery.

Lots more glimpses into the worlds of Baby A and Baby B scheduled between now and then so be looking for more videos soon!

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