Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Happy 12 Week Birthday, My Lovely Cashew!

Today was our ultrascreen. Yes, the one that had most unfortunately gotten canceled last week. First, I have to confess to something. I had my first pregnancy-hormone nervous breakdown today. And to make matters worse, it was in the OB waiting room!

Here's the story...a few weeks ago, I confirmed and double-confirmed with my insurance company that they covered the ultrascreen (the u/s and bloodwook). I was reassured and double-reassured that yes, it was covered, and yes, it was covered if done in my OB's office. Needless to say, I show up today and the front desk lady who refuses to smile told me, "that will be $175!" I said, "oh, no, you must be mistaken...blah, blah, blah..." That led to an immediate call to my insurance company where I was AGAIN reassured that it was covered. That didn't seem to matter to the front desk lady who refuses to smile. Tears followed. Husband consoling followed that. I don't know why I lost it. I'll blame it on the pregnancy hormones and the fact that our a/c just broke in our house and that is at least another $1,500 out of pocket. Yuck. Finally, a nice front desk lady who did smile said they would bill the insurance company and, if they didn't cover it, than I would just get a bill. A fair compromise in my mind.

So that leads to the good part. We got a good long look at the cashew at 12 weeks. The ultrasound tech took some measurements that are supposed to show the risk of having different genetic issues and all looked good. That will be coupled with the results from the blood test to give a probability of there being an issue. Not that it would matter; this is our lovely cashew come hell or high water! And gosh be darn, it is an honest-to-goodness baby! Not just a blob. It has a head. Arms. Legs. And I think he/she waved at us! It was unbelievable. Check it out for yourself below. One good looking cashew in my book. I've loved the baby all along but today I think I fell in love!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Darn labor!

No worries, I'm not going into labor! But someone else did and it really screwed up my day. Hubby and I finally decided to do the ultrascreen prenatal test, which includes bloodwork and an ultrasound. While we are not real gung-ho about genetic testing, we decided to do this because 1) our insurance covers it and 2) it gives us another ultrasound before the big one at 19 weeks (thanks, Tara, for giving me the idea to check with my insurance company).

So today was the big day. I was so excited about it and looked forward to it the whole time in Vegas (which I survived - another story, another time). Our appointment was at 8am in the city so hubby and I drove in together...we got about 20 minutes along when we got a call from the doctor's office. Apparently the sonographer went into labor - which I guess she believed was more important than my ultrasound - and therefore my appointment was cancelled. Darn!

I know, it's not as big of a deal as I'm making it to be. Just a little disappointment along the road. The appointment is rescheduled for next Tuesday. Guess I should be a pro at waiting by now! I can't wait to see the little cashew at 12 weeks!