For some reason, one of the first questions we were asked after announcing our pregnancy was whether or not we were going to have a 3D ultrasound done. I don’t think it was something that either Jamie or I had contemplated much before we were asked, but our immediate response was to say, “I dunno…they seem kind of weird…” Outside of that moment, we didn’t give it too much thought until the team from UC Baby Calgary reached out to us to see if we might be interested in popping by for a session to check out the process. It was so kind of them to invite us and despite our initial hesitations, we had to admit that we were totally curious – so we agreed!
On May 19, at just about 30 weeks pregnant, Jamie and I popped into UC Baby Calgary for a lunch time meet n’ greet with our little man – and he did not disappoint. Before I get into that though, I would love to tell you about the experience itself. In light of the fact that 3D ultrasounds exist purely for entertainment, the focus is on getting some really cool and clear images and videos for mom and dad and family. As such, they want baby to be as active as possible so prep work is required. The first thing the team recommended was to hop myself up on a bit of sugar before coming in. Historically, babies tend to move and groove after mom eats or drinks something sweet. So I took on the not-so-challenging task of indulging in a cream soda slurpee (my highest rated preggo craving) on the way to our appointment.
One of the coolest offerings of these appointments is that you can bring a whole crew of people with you. They have space for about five to eight people in the room, which is totally unlike any other medical ultrasound, to which you can only bring one or two other people. I can imagine that this would be a total hit for grandmas and grandpas-to-be. Our situation was a bit unique though, in that, at the time of our ultrasound, my mom and dad were in Scotland, my in-laws were in Victoria, my little sister was in Berlin, my big sister was in Amsterdam and my sister-in-law was in London, UK! “No problem”, said UC Baby, “they can watch through the live stream” (!!!!!!). This was a total surprise to us, but UC Baby allows your friends and family to simply click on a link and watch the whole ultrasound as it happens…it was so awesome. In addition to seeing the images as they happen, they also have a little microphone set up so your live streamers can actually hear the conversations in the room. Though they couldn’t talk back, they got to hear our ultrasound tech, her assessments of size and weight and our comments along the way. For our family who doesn’t live in Calgary and who hasn’t been able to be with us every step of the way, it was a really amazing thing for them to be a part of and we are so thankful that they had the opportunity to share this with us.
Throughout the course of our time there, we got so much more than we expected. In addition to being able to count every finger and toe, we got a real sense of our little mans personality and I honestly think we may have gotten closer to his name just by seeing his face. This was a huge win for us because Jamie and I have really been struggling with names. Though we both have excellent taste when it comes to baby names, we just couldn’t figure out how we would ever narrow it down to just one. Our plan up until that point was to each pick four names, give ourselves two vetoes on the other persons list and then head into the delivery room with our top four names. It was looking like the best option for two people who couldn’t quite agree; but, when we saw that little face, two names raced straight to the top. Full disclosure, I used to think it was a bit funny for people to say they had to “meet their baby” before deciding on a name. In my – less than informed – opinion, you picked a name and the child became that name and not the other way around. Now though, I think I might have been totally wrong! He has such clearly defined features – mommy’s mouth and daddy’s everything else – that we could pretty clearly see the names that he is not.
Aside from his physical features, we got to spend close to an hour with him and we feel like we got a real sense of his personality too, and he is so chill! I’ve suspected as much because of the way he is in my belly, but we definitely got that confirmed. You’ll hear a lot of women talking about the way their baby kicks. You’ll hear them say “oh, she’s gonna be a soccer player”, or “he’s gonna be a boxer the way he keeps me up at night”. All I’ve been able to speculate is that he will love yoga! It’s rare for me to get a full on kick in the ribs, but he is a master stretcher and roller. On that day though, all he wanted to do was sleep. The ultrasound tech that we were working with was quite adamant about making him move and getting his arm away from his face. I wasn’t a huge fan of the belly jiggling and the suckers and Pepsi – especially since I’ve been quite gentle with everything in this pregnancy – and let me tell you, Little Titty was not terribly impressed with that part either. We got lots of really cute photos of his face, but we got quite a few that could definitely be describes as a bit “irritated”. I can honestly say that I did not care one bit whether he moved or not – I was just happy to sit there and watch him sleep – a definite sign of things to come.
All in all, despite the jiggles and the sugar crash, it was a really amazing experience and Jamie and I – and our whole family – want to thank the UC Baby Calgary team for inviting us to experience this and for getting us closer to our babe than we ever thought possible. When we were leaving the office, I asked Jamie what he thought of this ultrasound versus all the others we have had and he said, “it’s like watching hockey in the 60’s, versus watching hockey today. It’s night and day!” It’s hard to imagine feeling any more connected to this little love bug than we already are, but somehow that time and those images made him feel so much more real to us.
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