"Have you ever seen a mango dipped in cheese? Well, that's what your baby looks like this week due to a little growth spurt (she's about a half pound in weight and six inches long) and a substance called vernix caseosa."
No, I have NOT seen a mango dipped in cheese and I don't really want to imagine that right now. That description grossed both me and Karl out. But since I'm at week 19, I guess I do have two mangoes in the belly. Hold the cheese.
And here's the actual belly (complete with unfinished nursery wall mural backdrop!):
The Next Milestone
On Thursday the twins had their fetal anatomy scan, or level 2 ultrasound, at the MFM specialist's office. I had previously received a letter from the geneticist explaining that all of the blood work from the sequential screen was negative. Good news! But having that information still made me anxious to see the results of the fetal anatomy scan. I didn't get more than four hours of sleep that night.
Yet, all looked great! Baby A had a heart rate of 140 bpm and measured approximately 8 oz.; B was at 138 bpm and approximately 9 oz. Baby B has always measured several days older than A.
It's amazing, the detail you can see from these scans. Karl went with me and we got to count fingers and toes, see their little faces, watch them kick and squirm (and be a little uncooperative in the process). They were very active.
The sonographer said we had "beautiful little babies." I'm sure she says that to all the parents-to-be, but it made me choke up anyway. She also asked, several times, if we wanted to know the sex of the babies. We decided against it but we have our guesses on genders. We'll see if we're right in just a few more months.
The perinatologist asked if we wanted to proceed with an amniocentesis because, in the case of twins, the results from some of my blood work could be inconclusive. We would have to have two performed, one for each twin, since they each have their own amniotic sac. We decided against it. Our original plan was to follow non-invasive procedures (blood work, ultrasound) unless something showed up positive or worrisome. Since all of our results have been negative for genetic or physical anomalies we don't want to pursue any further testing at this time.
So now I'm looking forward to Week 20 -- the halfway mark for full-term pregnancies. Keep on kicking, babies!