All the Sun For You

A mom, two boys, a husband, and a whole lot of adventure!



I had my 12w scan today for NT testing. It did not go well for the reasons that the technician wanted. The baby did not cooperate for the neck measurement after 30 minutes of trying everything, including a trans-vaginal scan. It did go well for my own reasons – well half of my own reasons, anyway!

First, we still have a heartbeat. I always worry about that. HA! Second – because of the trans-vag scan, we got GREAT 3D photos of this baby! We got a 3D photo of Matthew at this stage and although a super cute photo (he looks like a little boxing avatar in it!), it’s not nearly as clear as today’s photo. You can check it out on my pregnancy page, if you so desire.  We did go in asking if we could check out the gender of the baby and she said that if she could get the angle, that she’d go for it.  Well, she didn’t get the angle.


But – because she also couldn’t get the NT measurement, we have another scan on Wednesday.  We shall see if baby cooperates this time.  It really needs to because we’re at the end of the window for NT testing.  I strongly believe in first and second trimester screenings for ME.

If we can’t get a hint 0f the gender on Wednesday, we’ll likely do an elective gender scan in a few weeks.  I just need to know what this baby is (and so does B – he’s been anxious).  I’ve been dreaming that it’s a “lady baby,” as SRB likes to say.  Names are in the works for both, but knowing will make those discussions MUCH easier in this house.

The receptionist greeted me by name today – that was nice but so strange.  They have hundreds of patients (15 docs in the practice) and I was just shocked to hear, “hi, Courtney!” from the receptionist.  She has always been my fave, but I didn’t know she knew me by name.

I didn’t get to see Dr. H or Nurse A today, but I see them in two weeks.  Everyone at this clinic is so nice that it actually makes trips there FUN.

The gal on the way out gave me the “new mom kit” with formula (which is fine by me, because you NEVER know!) but the big thing is that it had one of those fancy nursing bottles in it!  Score!  I noticed a bunch of the bottles on the counter and asked if those were the ones we’ve been waiting for in the US (they weren’t – I forgot that those were Medela and these were Lansinoh) and the gal said she didn’t know, but to take one.  And then she said, “take one of these kits too – there’s a bottle in there too so now you have two!”  And with that, Baby #2 now has his/her first item acquired especially for him/her  🙂

I love this clinic!

Maybe on Wednesday I’ll have some exciting news to share… and yes… if we know, we will share!

Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

18 thoughts on “Shoot!

  1. I’m gonna be so jealous if you find out what you are having before me!! Patience, I gotta have patience to get through these next few weeks. But I will also be SO excited to find out if Matthew is having a little brother or a little sister. That’s great that your clinic gives you all that stuff, I don’t get anything other than a bag full of pre-natals which I toss them all b/c I can’t swallow pills.

  2. Yay for free bottles! Those things are expensive. Also, YIPPEE for a healthy growing baby above all else. 🙂

  3. Blerg! I’m sorry you had to get DildoCam AND didn’t find out anything! (I mean other than the whole healthy baby bit…YAY!)

    Which Medela bottle are you waiting for in the US?

    • Great news – the Calm.a is now available in the US! It’s designed for breastfed babies and is REVOLUTIONARY! I will get a few so that we have something to fall back on when Mom needs help! We will also buy some of these Lansin.oh Momma bottles that the Dr. gave us – great reviews on Amaz.on for breastfed babies.

      DildoCam gives you better photos, so don’t be sorry 😉

      • I was wondering if that was it! I only ever bought one nipple, and this was it. Loved it! RECOMMENDED.

      • THANK YOU!!! I am excited about it! When Matthew was born, we couldn’t get it here. It made me sad. Now I’m happy!

      • Heaps of the girls on my birth club swear by it. We use a Mam bottle & Molly loves it.

      • Interesting!! I’ve seen those in the stores here but figured they were just a “gimic” to get us to buy more bottles. But, then again, I had it easy with Sofia as she’d take anything (my Dr. Brown’s are still in the box!). That’s really cool, though, that they are designed for breastfeeding babies. And YAY that you can get them now!

  4. YAY! Happy you have a healthy baby in there. I can’t believe you guys are already anxious about finding out the sex. That just tickles me. I had ABSOLUTELY no desire to find out about Raegan. I wanted to wait. Babe threw a temper tantrum in the anatomy scan at 21 weeks, so we found out. I dreamed the whole time she was a boy with the exception of one dream where my dog was in the DR with me while I was in labor.

    Hope you get to find out sooner rather than later! and yay for new stuff for new baby!

  5. Healthy uncooperative baby, YAY! 🙂 That’s exciting that you get to have another scan in a couple weeks. I can’t wait to hear if it’s a boy or girl on board!

  6. Fingers crossed that you can find out what baby #2 is!

  7. Yay for free stuff! And big yay for healthy baby!!! 🙂 Sorry you weren’t able to find out the gender then but excited to hear what he/she is soon! Sounds like a really great clinic.

  8. Hooray for healthy heartbeat! And for sneaky second scan. I am so with you on gender!

  9. Hooray for healthy heartbeat! And for sneaky second scan. I am so with you on gender!

  10. Gender at 12 weeks!? I didn’t even dare to hope for that! They wouldn’t let me do an anatomy scan until 18 weeks at the earliest so I scheduled my appt for that exact day, Monday, 8am! (But I changed it to 10:30 so my mom could come, haha.)

    I can’t wait to find out! And yes, I say “lady baby” now, too!

  11. Yay! I’m so happy for a healthy, growing, strong (stubborn) baby in there!! I didn’t think they could even make a guess about gender this early! Wow!! But that’s cool that you get another scan for the NT measurements and maybe then the baby will give up the goods!! Oh, wait, I’m just now re-reading this. Wednesday!?! As in TODAY?!?! YAY!!!!

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