14 weeks – It’s more human!

UPDATE: Here are the first two minutes that I was able to upload to YouTube

At 13+4 I had another first trimester ultrasound at a private ultrasound facility so that I could get a better view of the squatter, and they actually gave me the movie on a disc of the whole ultrasound. It’s much better than the few pictures I uploaded above and the equipment was vastly more sophisticated.I’ve been trying to figure out how to upload it so that you can all be bored to death with all 10mn of it (although there are actually some pretty cool things to be seen throughout it, mostly the fact that you’re looking at a humanoid thing that’s 3 inches long), so if anyone knows how to upload a ~770Mb vob file to YouTube or knows of a reliable freeware program I can use to convert it to a more reasonably-sized avi file (I’ve tried a couple and so far it hasn’t been brilliant, or it stutters a lot and a watermark appears every few seconds because I don’t want to pay $50 for a program I’m going to use 2 times).

Oh, the doctor who did my ultrasound is fairly certain that the squatter is a girl, although that’s obviously an educated guess on her part, but she does do this sort of thing all day long with pretty advanced equipment, so Afif and I have to think some more about names, because I was thinking that only a boy would make me suffer this much. We won’t know for certain until the second ultrasound, if they’re able to see clearly then, so the squatter remains genderless for now, although you have 50/50 odds of being right whichever way you guess.

Also, in case you’re wondering, I’m doing much better, thank the powers that be for small favors.

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12 Weeks – It’s Human!

Well, I’ve made it this far, though it’s been a bitch to be honest. There was violent all day long nausea (whoever termed it morning sickness is on my black list), then spontaneous vomiting, which I’m not sure is really over yet, and though the all day nausea is gone, having the ability to smell a large fraction of what dogs can smell out in the world is threatening my ability to keep food down when I go outside.

The little squatter has been working his/her way through most of the food categories in terms of size. It started out as a poppy seed, then a sesame seed, then it was a lentil, then a blueberry, then a raspberry, then an olive, then a prune, then a plum, and now here we are, and it’s about the size of a peach. A small peach mind you.

Here’s yesterday’s sonogram. To my great relief, he’s human. Everything is normal, and true to form on my side of the gene pool, his head is bigger than average for his average size body. I haven’t tooled around wordpress so I don’t know why it’s so small, but if you click on it you’ll see a large version. You may notice the 5 digits of the left hand above the stomach in one of the pictures. Afif maintains that the squatter was either holding a martini with extra olives or giving the sonogram technician the finger because she was trying to get him to move (which he clearly wasn’t interested in doing, so the latter is the more likely version of events). The white thing you sometimes see under his chin is the heart in mid-beat.

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