How’s Baby Doing?
Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby’s skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might actually get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.
How’s Mommy Doing?
I had my follow-up ultrasound this week. It was a very bittersweet day. I ended up heading to this ultrasound appointment on my own, as JM and I couldn’t justify having to truck Lil’ Miss C along to yet another appointment. When I arrived at the hospital they brought me back into a waiting room for diagnostic imaging. Shortly after I sat down, a couple was brought in from emergency and asked to sit beside me. The woman was clearly very upset and in distress. They were sitting there waiting to have the loss of their baby confirmed. I just wanted to get up and give her a huge hug… My heart just broke and having gone through what they were going through I could truly understand how they were feeling emotionally. I felt almost like I was raining on their parade as I sat there waiting to see my baby again. The sad part of it all is that the diagnostic imaging centre just made them wait. I went in and had my ultrasound and when I came out, they were still waiting. It was just heart wrenching to see.
In good news though, our little guy is doing quite well. He cooperated for the ultrasound tech, and I managed to get some great profile shots of him. He went from the breech position to head down in the matter of a week… Not that, that really matters at this point as they just keep on turning and moving all the time.
Here’s an updated picture (his legs are up in the air, hands above his head and his chin tucked into his belly):