The ultrasound went okay today.
I actually did alright with the amount of water I had to drink. It's always delicate balancing act... enough water early enough so that the tech can do their job, but not so much so early that I'm in agony while they do the scan.
Why in the world do they tell you to have finished drinking your water an hour before your appointment? That's when I started drinking my water, and I had 8oz less than what they 'require', and I was still feeling my back teeth floating about halfway through the scan.
One funny moment... the technician asked me to go and empty my bladder 'by about half' because she was having some problems seeing the placenta. I'm sure I looked at her like she had two heads. By about half?!?!? Who the hell can do that? I can't do that on my best non-pregnant day. When I gotta go, there ain't no stopping the flood waters. As a result, I don't know if she was able to get a clear look at the placenta or not, so this may have been yet another 'inconclusive' scan.
(As an aside, I was fully prepared for the tech to have to do an internal scan. And as much as I dislike 'Wanda' I would rather that she have done that and get a conclusive answer about where the placenta is situated. Oh well.)
We didn't get any new pics of the Halfling, and we didn't get to see much when the tech turned the screen our way (we saw the skull, the heart, the spine, one arm and one leg). Even so, my mood did improve a bit after the scan was done. I think it was just a relief to see him/her, and presumably all is well. I'll be calling Dr. W's office on Friday to get the low down. I expect, if the tech wasn't able to get the info she needed, that I'll be going back to the medical imaging center in another couple of weeks.
You may remember that I have had our children's names chosen for quite some time. At least their first names. I graciously let my Beloved choose the middle names (*snicker* as if I haven't vetoed some of his suggestions). I have some pretty strict criteria for our kids' names...
- They will be gender specific. (both my Beloved and I have gender abiguous names, and it has caused no ends of problems for both of us all our lives)
- They will not have bizarre spellings. (I remember trying to find keychains and other personalized items as a kid and never being able to find things for girls with my name and spelling.)
- They will be old-fashioned sorts of names, not anything terribly trendy. (I was always one of at least three people in my elementary school with my name. I hated being referred to by my last initial. Even in my Beloved's family, they always add my middle name when referring to me, as I share my name with one of my BILs.)
- They will start with a vowel. (Just a personal preference)
Why do I mention all this now?
Well, we've had our names for this Halfling set in our minds for well over a year (the boy's name was actually chosen several years ago). Earlier in this pregnancy, a rather big name celebrity used one of my chosen names. Until then, I hadn't heard of anyone using that particular name in quite some time. Now it's popping up on tv shows (character names). I'm afraid that it's going to be a trendy name in the next couple of years. On top of that, I just recently saw the list of last year's most popular names in Alberta... and our other name is now in the top 25.
Okay, I know I'm being ridiculous. I should just name this Halfling whatever I want, and not care about how many other kids have the same name. But it bugs me just a bit.
Yes, I know I'm neurotic. Forgive me.