We had the 20 week ultrasound Friday. We only got two pictures off it, which I’ll scan later. We have to come back in a month because she was curled up in a ball for most of it so they couldn’t get good images of everything. They aren’t worried though. Everything looked good. Brain parts, nose, lips, soft palette, kidneys, arm and leg bones, and feet. Not sure what else they want to see, but hey, another chance to look at her!
I wish we had a better way to predict when these solar storms were going to hit so we could schedule around them. She’s already anxious when they kick up because she sees how the shields shake while being bombarded by these waves. Add to that the ultrasound, she just curled into a ball instinctively, even though she very much wants good pictures too. This has come up over the last week or so unexpectedly.
It turns out, most babies wait to fully ensoul until after the 20 week ultrasound, when the health of the body is confirmed. They don’t want to have to ensoul just to leave again for a serious defect. Strangely enough, they can’t really tell themselves. So Peanut has also been waiting to make sure everything is ok. That left us really confused about her lack of cooperation at the ultrasound, until Carrie realized the solar storms were causing problems for her.
Now that we know her body is sound, even with the lack of info, she seems more relaxed, at least about her body. These darn storms are still flared up so she’s not happy about that. Yesterday my wife had a brilliant idea though. She sat next to me and showed Peanut how all of our shields were vibrating in response to the storms. Then she told Peanut to drop her shield, seeing that the other shields were fine. Then she dropped hers, showing that my shield was sufficient to hold. Then she had peanut put her shield back up and mine dropped. Then she saw that her shield was fine too. It helped her understand that vibration wasn’t a big deal at all. Now she’s much more relaxed.
The other complication was that we were told Peanut was showing signs of being a bit stubborn, waiting to ensoul so she could keep the extra communication she has with us now. In theory that’s fine, but apparently that means the transition after birth is harder, leaving us with a collicky baby. Not ok. In the last day or so she’s been talked to by her guides though, explaining that birth will be harder on her and us if she waits. Last night she said she wants to be an easy baby and wants to ensoul. She’s just waiting on the sun to settle down it seems.
This was a total unknown before this week. I had no idea a lot of babies worried about the health of their body (assuming they weren’t choosing a life with a physical issue), and that the ultrasound was important to them. Or that they would wait to ensoul to make sure the time was right. I mean, I knew that babies chose different times to ensoul, but didn’t know how they made that decision. This sheds a little light on that process.
Soon things will change. Once she ensouls, we have no idea how much feedback we’ll get from her, so she’s trying to tell us a lot while she can. Here’s a summary.
Foods she likes: Fruit! Eggs! (Pretty sure she’s fine if I live off this lol) She likes beans, nuts, chicken, and turkey, because they make her feel strong (protein) but she doesn’t like that something dies. That’s why she prefers eggs, nuts and beans. The fruit just makes her happy, especially applesauce. She actually prefers the natural sugars than things like chocolate. That all makes me happy because the food kids are exposed to in the womb influence their food choices later on. I hope that means we’ll have an ethical eater in general. *edit* I forgot she also mentioned bread, crispy bread which we think means crackers. She likes that it makes her home stop moving around. We interpret that to mean I stop either being nauseous or grumbly.
Things she likes: MUSIC! She wants music all the time after she’s born. I’m not sure how we’re going to pull that off for our own sanity. There is an mp3 player for kids that has a speaker. It might work to give her music while we’re watching other things.
She loves it when I rub my belly. It comforts her, in addition to easing sore muscles for me. Knowing that encourages me to do it a lot more. For instance, during these solar storms she’d have her sleep interrupted. All I had to do was rub my belly for a few minutes and she’d settle down pretty fast. I’ll be using that a lot more once she’s kicking harder.
She’s requested that we hold her a lot after she’s born. She doesn’t want to lose the sound of heartbeats. It’s a good thing we already decided to do a lot of carrying because she clearly wants it.
And as she’s mentioned before, she loves the laser ‘star’ projector, so she’ll want that around (though she won’t be able to see it for a while.)
I think that’s the important stuff. We’re halfway through this. I’m simultaneously excited to meet her and scared to go through this phase. I still haven’t made it to yoga since my cough hit harder again Friday night. But now I’m feeling better again and expect to go this coming weekend. I really want to work on stretching these muscles safely.
Today I finally cooked two types of pasta dishes, so I now need to get them all put away and ready to bring for lunch. The only other trick is to remember to freeze leftovers before they go bad. I put too much time into making food to waste it. And now, it’s bedtime. Well, soon at least. I really want to start taking the train to work this week and stop paying so much for gas.