The Olive Shoot looked great at our follow-up ultrasound this afternoon! The echogenic cardiac focus is there, a small white spot in one of the heart valves. But the doctor said that as much as 30% of the population has these calcium deposits, and he saw no other markers that indicated any reason to be concerned. All the other organs and bones measured as they should at this point. The sonographer (who took all the measurements first) said the Olive Shoot currently weighs 1 lb 6 oz; the doctor estimated 1 lb 10 oz.
This ultrasound was a fairly different experience from the one at 22 weeks. It was much more business-like; the focus was on getting all the right measurements rather than on showing us the fun stuff, and the staff didn’t interact with us a whole lot. But the sonogram itself was much more vivid, which was fascinating. We could even see individual vertebrae in the spine. Also, the Olive Shoot is no longer breach. (In fact, I think I felt the flipping this morning; right around the time my alarm rang, baby got quite active with movements that seemed like more than just the usual kicks and stretches.)
At first, Olive Shoot was face-down, so we could only see the back of the head. But after enough prodding with the ultrasound wand, baby got a little restive, punched a little bit, and turned just enough for us to see the face. Then, at the very end of the ultrasound, the doctor switched the view to 4D and got several great pictures of the face. I have quite the cutie-pie growing inside me! As soon as I have a chance, I’ll scan some of the images and post them here.
Thanks to all who were praying. The Lord sustained our peace throughout the wait and during the sonogram. We’re grateful to have confirmation that the Olive Shoot is healthy!