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Having electricity is a wonderful thing. [Sep. 28th, 2004|11:13 am]
Yesterday, I had my (second) ultrasound done. I was supposed to drink 3 full glasses of water one hour before the appointment, but I was feeling a bit "eeh", so I only drank 1. ^^; Thankfully, the technician got a decently clear image of the baby anyway.

You could see the different parts of its body clearly. I thought that was neat. This ultrasound, compared to the one I had at 9 weeks, made the baby more of a reality to me. You could see its head/face, spine, and feet. I kept saying the kid has something against me already, before birth, because it wouldn't open its legs. (I later told my mom "Well in 15-20 years it'll want to open its legs, why not now?" "VANESSA!!!" "Hey, i'm just being honest!" Hah.)

After getting the necessary information from the ultrasound, the technician said she'd be back in a little bit, to try and determine the gender once more. She later came back with the ultrasound supervisor, I guess, and kept poking me (which I did too when they left the room prior) to make the baby move (its legs). With no certainty, both thought it is a girl. Hsiaokwai wasn't too happy hearing he might have a daughter (he really wanted a son, and so did I, only I did because girls run rampant in my mom's side of family). He kept joking around he'd buy it a bucket for tub and cardboard box for crib. What a punk! If we get another ultrasound later, hopefully they can tell for sure. I don't really care either way.

You know, I'm very glad I have Medicaid (or insurance at all) at the moment, because the ultrasound cost $800 dollars. o_O; Just for one ultrasound! Fucking christ.

We received a keepsake photo of the baby from the ultrasound. To be honest, I can't stand looking at the ultrasound photo. I know that it doesn't really look scary inside me, but in the picture, you can see its eyesockets. x_x;; Plus the head and spine. The eyesockets really bother me. ^^;

So yes, Saturday was my 20th birthday, ruined by a hurricane. That night, our power went out, so having nothing better to do, we went to sleep. However, during the night, he woke up and brought a cake he baked for me with candles on it. It was a gesture that I found really sweet, but I couldn't really feel like that, because I was half-asleep and cranky at the time. I still appreciate it, though. :)

Yesterday, mere hours before our power finally came back on (seemed the entire county but us had theirs back), I was reflecting on something. Every job i've had, every attempt I've made previously to move away from my mom's house, they've always started and ended before or after my birthday. Never during.

So, for just my birthday (not the entire year), here are a few milestones:
- Keeping a job through my birthday.
- Living in my new chosen residence through my birthday.

This is a major milestone in itself, considering there has been none before:
- Keeping a boyfriend/significant other through my birthday (now it'll be a double milestone when we reach New Year's *wink*).

So, even though my good start to 2004 was a tad messed up (by crashing my car which set off a financial mudslide), it's slowly picking back up again. Now, if I could not be so lazy, it could pick up even faster. ;)

[User Picture]From: aerialmelodies
2004-09-28 09:41 am (UTC)
At least the baby is healthy and so are you! :) I never knew what to think of ultrasounds either. I thought it would be neat to see the baby moving around inside me, but then when I look at other people's ultrasound pictures it looks creepy. Like the whole see-through baby thing... hmm. ^^; Anyway, hope you had a very wonderful birthday, and it's too bad we had to miss you this year!! Maybe next year we'll all manage to get together - and see the new addition perhaps? ;) <3!
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[User Picture]From: shinwachou
2004-09-28 02:03 pm (UTC)
My birthday was far from wonderful, but I think we're going out to dinner this Saturday to help make up for it.

Yeah, i'm sorry I had to miss Atlanta again. :( I've only missed once before, and it was AWA 7 I missed last time (I don't remember if I knew you then).

Well, as for next year, Atlanta is a maybe. Because sometime in August, we're going to Canada to see my mom's family (gotta catch my Grandma before she dies ^^;;).

Hopefully things will work out, and i'll see you next year. <3
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[User Picture]From: xochitl
2004-09-28 11:09 am (UTC)
lol same here. The idea of being pregnant creeps me out. o.o I think I was born without a motherly urge or something.
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[User Picture]From: shinwachou
2004-09-28 01:57 pm (UTC)
lol The idea of pregnancy itself doesn't creep me out at all. Of course, for many years I thought I didn't have ANY maternal urge, heh.

I wasn't scared by seeing the baby on the ultrasound procedure, I actually said "ooh" when I saw the head, spine, and feet (especially the feet). But when you're looking at it with 2D sound waves that really only show body outline and the skeleton, it'll look creepier than it really is. ^^;
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[User Picture]From: crysalis
2004-09-28 11:53 am (UTC)
I've never been good at making out the baby in ultrasound pictures.. everyone is like "look there's its foot" etc and I just don't see it. It's like those puzzle pictures you're supposed to stare at forever, I never see the hidden pictures in those either, lol.

But anyways, congrats.. that must be pretty exciting <3 Glad to hear your birthday wasn't a total disaster either. The cake thing sounds very sweet!
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[User Picture]From: exploding_girl
2004-09-29 07:09 am (UTC)
Happy belated birthday, Lovely Girl!

I'm glad everything is going good with the bub. Girls are rampant in my family too, there's no escaping it.
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[User Picture]From: shinwachou
2004-09-29 03:25 pm (UTC)
Well, the thing is, my mom's got 3 brothers (and 2 sisters, but she's the only daughter to have had kids -- me)... it's only my generation and the next (me and my cousins and our kids) that have all been girls, it seems. ^^; Only one boy (a great-grandson for my grandmother) has been born. :x
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