Pedro was nice to the ultrasound tech today and he even let her take some images of his face! I think he liked her because she said nice things about his cuteness. Braden thinks that the tech was just sneaky/stealthy (read: she didn’t push very hard) and therefore Pedro did not detect anything to attack. Whatever the reason, we are happy to see his wee little mug:
And here is his weapon of mass destruction (my ribs cringe at the sight…)
The tech calculated his weight at 3lbs. 9 oz. Apparently that is more than a large jicama, but less than a pineapple (if you like to think in terms of produce, and who doesn’t?) A pineapple is much cuter than a jicama, but I doubt either of them would be as good-looking as Pedro is going to be in his Angels gear and various duds from the grandmas and others. (thanks ♥)
Now about his heart. Today they could see that the right side is significantly enlarged. The regurgitation of blood from the right ventricle back into the right atrium is causing the atrium to fill up and expand. While it is no surprise that this is happening–everyone had hoped it would be later in the pregnancy (or not at all, please!)
I *think* this next image shows the problem. I could be way off because we weren’t looking at anything in particular when the doctor told me about the enlarge-ness. But I believe these measurements of his heart show a large circle to capture the circumference of the whole heart, and a smaller circle around the right side of his heart:
We’re still crossing our fingers for a full term baby. Starting after my St. Joe’s ultrasound next week, I’ll go into the OB’s office twice a week so that they can keep a close watch.
In the meantime, it’s a really good sign that Pedro is so active and it should be easy to tell if his heart starts slowing him down. I’m not so sure that this little dude would let anything deter him from his regiment of kick-boxing and aqua aerobics, but I’ll notice if he does actually get quiet.
This last image is just one that I thought was interesting–it shows the blood flow to and from Pedro via the umbilical cord: