We’re at 27 weeks, 5 days, and today we had the 28-week ultrasound, performed by radiology to take all of the official growth measurements. After our previous horrendous experience, we chose to drive slightly farther out of our way to go to a different radiology facility. Today we tried the radiology department at the hospital where the babies will be born, hoping that we would have a better experience than at the 24-week ultrasound. I realize it’s totally possible we could have gone back to the same place as last time and maybe would have gotten someone really nice this time. But the experience was so horrible, it really wasn’t even worth chancing getting the same technician as last time. Clearly it was horrible since I’ve mentioned it like 15 times.
Well today’s experience made up for it, for sure. Our technician today was very nice and patient, and she even paused to allow me to write down the measurements of the babies. I think Molly’s “kill her with kindness” technique was very effective. So much that we got photos!
Position wise, they were both breech (feet-down)! So far Baby A has stayed on hir own side (Molly’s right side) and Baby B has stayed on hir own side (Molly’s left side), though they both seem to be switching in terms of head-up or head-down between each scan. But today Baby A was not only feet-down, but hir was also in a transverse-ish position, too, with hir head slightly to the left of midline. Poor Baby B must have been even more squished with Baby A encroaching on hir space! Seriously, they need to pick a position and stick with it. Preferably head-down, guys.
While we should get the final report from our OB at the prenatal appointment next week, we did see that both babies appear to be measuring normally. All of the measurements below for both babies correspond to between 28 weeks, 1 day and 28 weeks, 6 days (at least according to their ultrasound machine)…that’s up to a whole week ahead of where we really are! At less than 28 weeks, there’s over 5 lbs. of baby in there! Most singleton pregnancies don’t reach that fetal weight until around 34 weeks! For me, that really puts it into perspective.
- Heart rate: 132 beats/min
- Biparietal diameter: 7.11 cm
- Head circumference: 25.92 cm
- Abdominal circumference: 24.06 cm
- Femur length: 5.28 cm
- Estimated weight: 2 lbs. 10 oz.
- Heart rate: 139 beats/min
- Biparietal diameter: 7.18 cm
- Head circumference: 26.1 cm
- Abdominal circumference: 24.45 cm
- Femur length: 5.30 cm
- Estimated weight: 2 lbs. 12 oz.
They move so much! One of them kept swallowing and sticking their tongue out as we were watching. It is amazing just how human they look on the ultrasound scans now. To think that we’re going to meet them in two and a half months or less. That’s about the same amount of time between insemination and the magical 12-week mark. That time period seemed to drag on and on, like 12-weeks would never come…but I have a sneaky suspicion the next two months will go by in a flash.