They did break out that ancient ultrasound machine again. Mongo was swimming around when they first showed him on the screen! It was adorable. You know, if a little oblong blob can be adorable. Then he settled down and we did see the heartbeat and all is well. Morgan was thrilled since this is only the 2nd ultrasound he has seen in person.
That said - lets make a comparison.
The above is the best the OB office could do with their outdated ultrasound equipment. (Note the old GE logo in the lower right hand corner. THAT is how old this thing is.) Now, when Mongo was moving a little you could tell what was his head and what was his body. In still form you can just see a blob in a bubble. Although I think I do spy two little feet at the left side of the blob! This is at 9 weeks 1 day.
This is the ultrasound from the specialist office done 2 weeks ago. Let me say that again. 2 weeks ago. And look how much more definition there is to the body of the baby. You can make out the head, what I think is the placenta, body, limb buds. They are a little sketchy, but they are there and you can see them. It's amazing the difference newer equipment can make.
Which leads me to another reason why I am transferring offices. The specialist was explaining to me how using these outdated ultrasound machines can actually be dangerous because things can be missed. She didn't go into much detail because she didn't want to scare me. But things can be missed. Comparing these ultrasounds really made me understand what was meant by that.
Even though the next time I see that specialist it will be for the ultrasound that measures the neck to see if the baby has Down's Syndrome, I am looking forward to it. I look forward to having a detailed ultrasound picture of the little one when he is at a stage where he looks really human.
I swear, this is going to be the most frequently photographed kid ever at birth. Getting this many ultrasounds is not the usual. In that respect I guess infertility moms are a little lucky.