Back to our regularly scheduled programming ...
I think I was a bit worried about the u/s today because I totally missed the ear.thquake. Either that or the area I was in just wasn't affected even though it was noticeable in the city. I left Virg.inia on Sunday and am happy to report that my friends are fine. But you didn't come here to read that, did you?
This u/s was far more in depth and I had the same tech I did 2 u/s ago. He was great about explaining everything and exactly what was on screen which was really nice. He clearly pointed out a 4-chamber heart so I knew that part of the scan was fine. When he was done his bit I got to go to the bathroom (and wipe masses of extra gel off the belly - this guy is crazy with the gel!) and then the radiologist came in to peek at the heart.
The echogenic focus is still there but the good news is that seems to be the only issue. The IPS screening came back negative and all the measurements are normal and all match timeline wise. There is nothing to indicate limbs that are behind schedule, which can be a marker for Down's. The radiologist says that the heart is normal, which I had expected, and that this doesn't need further monitoring as it will resolve on its own. Okay then ... I was hoping to get one more u/s to check on its resolution but if this means there is no problem then I'm okay with that.
The baby wasn't completely cooperative this time either but thankfully baby was more active. At one point the tech was moving the probe over my belly and just at that time we got a look from below right when baby decided to spread the legs. It is most definitely a boy and he showed off the boy bits ... and probably not for the last time. LOL The tech went over that a couple times just to make sure he saw what he did especially since baby seems so stubborn. He said that if he hadn't seen that he would have guessed girl. So, I'm relieved to know the first tech was right and that there is absolutely no doubt this is a boy. The issue is settled and I'm good to shop now. ;-) The stuff I bought down south is more gender neutral that a lot of other people would pick but it is nice to know I don't have to give any of it away to my nephew.
For now I'll sit tight until my next OB appointment on the 12th. If there had been a major problem I'm sure the radiologist would have said something. Instead he said I don't need further monitoring. And since I'm not doing any more testing between now and the next appointment I shouldn't have any surprises waiting for me when I see him next. Yay!