Posted by: DD | March 4, 2008

no. 611 – It’s Not a Gecko

My ultrasound today did not reveal a being with a prehensile tail and stubby limbs to explain why I have felt no movement. Instead we saw measurements taken on the hemispheres of a brain; a four-chambered heart; and two kidneys. We saw kneecaps, femurs, humeri and even five teeny-tiny toes of one foot.

Murdock is measuring exactly where s/he should in gestational age and approximately 12oz. And even though a great deal of squirming was caught on the screen, I may as well have been watching someone else’s ultrasound images. It was confirmed that my placenta is indeed right on top ("top" as in the belly button would be the skylight) and it will take some considerably powerful kicks for me to feel them at first. The tech thought that I would probably start to feel them more towards the sides.

We never got to enjoy this part with XBoy. When the screen came back as positive and we were sent on a whirlwind of subsequent testing which resulted in an amnio, we were too frazzled and too inexperienced to know not to lay too much belief in the original screens, which commonly come back with false-positives.

Routine appointment in another four weeks. I feel very, very lucky right now.



  1. Oh Thank GOD It’s not a gecko! He’s talk with that accent & offer you low rates on car insurance.

    I’m so happy for you right now.
    Now quick, shoot me (ONLY ME) an email & tell me the sex.

  2. Great news! I really want to know the sex though, can you slip away to one of those mall ultrasound places and find out please? Or actually with my crap intuition I’ll make a guess and then it will most assuredly be the opposite.

  3. This is wonderful news (even though I’m rather fond of geckos).

  4. YAY!

    I’m dying to know if it’s a girl or boy. Either way, you are the lukiest woman in the world today.

  5. Congrats on a good u/s! May this be the “routine” for you from now on. 😉

  6. WOW – that’s all I got.. just Wow 🙂

  7. Yes!!

  8. Yay for not a gecko and having a reason for not feeling Murdock move! I’m also glad it was a false-positive on the screen. What a day!

  9. It feels good, I know.
    You are lucky.

  10. Lovely, lovely, lovely news, my dear. I am so thrilled for you! Happy dance!

  11. YEA!!!!! Good news and I know you are very relieved to not be incubating an amphibian.

  12. How wonderful! What a relief – enjoy it! I figured there had to be SOME reason why you weren’t feeling movement yet. That happened with me in my first pg.

    Have a wonderful day! Did they give you pictures to take home of Murdock?

  13. I am so excited for you, DD! Great news!

  14. Fantastic news, DD.

    Though geckos are pretty darn cute…

  15. Woohoo!!!

  16. A big sigh of relief! I’m happy for you!

  17. Don’t forget that placentas can move.

  18. Excellent news!!

  19. Fabulous Fabulous news!!! I’m just so happy for you.

  20. Wonderfully fantastic news, DD!!! Congratulations!

  21. How can I do the secret things I need to do if I don’t know which variety of baby it is??? Email me please, as good things may come your way. ;o)

  22. awww. that is wonderful news.

  23. Absolutely great news! So glad Murdock is healthy, and what a big sigh of relief about the placenta, too. I just love that word… routine!!

  24. Wonderful news!

  25. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  26. Tjohhoo! I love to read wonderful news..especially here :-).

  27. Yay Murdock!

  28. Wonderful.

  29. I’m so glad for the good news! CONGRATS!!

  30. Absolutely fabulous news, DD! So glad, your little baby is doing so well.

  31. Great news! So happy for you and your family.

  32. I felt a tiny bit dumb for a minute because I read 4 chambered heart and then 2 kidneys and thought “Oh no! Is the baby developing some twin thing like conjoined twins?” And then I realized I’m a moron. I’m glad all is going well.

  33. Thank goodness it’s not a gecko. I suspected a skink, but I’m also pleased it’s not either.

    Hurray for healthy, kicking baybeeeeeeez!

  34. Yay!

    I think my fave part was “routine appointment in 4 weeks”. How awesome is that?

  35. Congratulations! Hope you can rest a little easier now. You certainly deserve to give yourself a break from worry.

  36. YAYAYA!!! I’m soooo happy for you! I hope that all your appointments are like this! YAY!

  37. What a relief not an amphibian, glad to hear all the parts were present and accounted for!

  38. WOW!! Congratulations on the wonderful ultrasound!!

  39. What great news. And yes, pictures please 🙂 I wanna see your non-gecko too. What did Xboy think of the appointment?

  40. I do so love checking in on you and hearing good news! 🙂

  41. fab news, i’m so pleased! and not a gecko, what a relief!

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