Let me just begin this post by saying that I am not a big fan of the 3D ultrasounds that are available to pregnant moms and dads nowadays. I don't mean to judge anyone that gets one (really, I don't!), but as far as I'm concerned, they seem extravagant and completely unnecessary. (To be fair, my opinion is primarily based on the fact that my insurance does not cover any part of a 3D ultrasound; in fact, they barely cover the regular, 2D kind, and I'm a total cheapskate.) So — extravagant and unnecessary, yes. And frankly, they always look a little freaky deaky to me anyway.
But today, during my repeat ultrasound (I had to have another one at 24-weeks to check up on a potential issue with the location of my placenta, but thankfully, that's all good), the tech all of a sudden threw an alternate image up on the screen, right next to the grainy one I was used to seeing by now. I asked her if that was 3D. She said it was and that because the baby was facing up at us, she thought she might be able to capture a cute shot of her face for me. Before I could object, she landed on this image and took a still photo for me.
And it probably looks freaky to all of you out there the way the rest of ya'll's babies look to me in 3D. Especially that strange growth that seems to be protruding from her forehead (which, I was assured is just the placenta and uterine wall that she was nestled up against.) But because this little face belongs to MY little girl, my heart melted a little bit when I saw it. It was like getting an actual little glimpse of this new person living inside my womb...one that looks MUCH more human and realistic than the traditional 2D ultrasounds.
I think she looks an awful lot like her big brother. I know she is absolutely beautiful. I already love her so much. And I can't wait to meet her!