First Trimester Screening: A Motherhood Moment


Most of the parents I know eschew the first trimester screening. Before Julianna, that was me, too. I was not at any particular risk for having a child with chromosomal abnormality, and what was I going to do with the info, anyway? Besides, I knew the tests often gave false positives.

After Julianna, we decided that it was worth an ultrasound and blood test to put that niggling “what if” doubt out of our minds for the rest of the pregnancy.

I’m now 36 (right? Hang on, let me do the math. Right, 36. Coming up on 37.) So now I am in that so-called risk category. But I still have no expectation of finding anything unusual when I go in for a screening. Well, that’s not entirely true. I have a little pessimist’s streak in me that whispers that I’m going to lose the baby, and I’m going to take my kids with me to look at pictures of the baby, only to find that there’s no heartbeat. But I rolled my eyes at myself, packed up the kids, and trekked over to the hospital clinic.

Here’s how my kids entertain themselves in waiting rooms:

Fourth floor windows overlooking the interstate = Heaven!She had to introduce Jessie to everyone in the waiting room

And then, of course, there’s Miss Munchy:

She had to introduce Jessie to everyone in the waiting room

Alex did take some pictures in the ultrasound room, but I exercised my mommy rights and deleted them all. Because they made me look bad. Deal with it.
However, THIS cutie:

Of course I'm biased, but isn't this the cutest ultrasound you've ever seen?

This little guy/gal doesn’t need any such protection.
And following this ultrasound, watching how much moving this baby is doing, let me just say: I HAVE been feeling this baby move for the last two weeks. Even if I WAS only 10 weeks along.
One more picture to share, just because it’s so stinking cute:

Jessie needs an ultrasound, too.

Yes, I Have My Hands Full. And I thank God for it.

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16 thoughts on “First Trimester Screening: A Motherhood Moment

  1. Emily

    I definitely know the woman that Julianna is talking to in that picture! I work with her and most of her family and she’s amazing! 🙂 I’m so glad that things went well Kate.


  2. Tara

    Praise the Lord for your beautiful little miracle!! It’s the 6th most cutest U/S I have ever seen (I have 5 rememnber?) LOL

  3. Congrats! What a lovely moment, seeing your baby moving around for the first time. I’m with you on the screening. I did it the first time—even went on to an amnio—and will do it again if we have a second.

  4. Congrats on the conception, Kate! Been out of blog land, so have been missing your news. Beautiful ultrasound pic—beautiful baby! Blessings, Jodi

  5. I can’t really comment on whether your ultrasounded baby is cute, but that is incredibly detailed for so early on. Wow! I guess I never knew *when* the other ultrasound photos I’ve seen were taken.

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