I have to highly recommend that every dad out there reading this blog goes to see every ultrasound. When my wife was pregnant I could see her belly getting bigger. I knew that something was happening inside her, but it never really sunk in.
It finally sunk in when I saw the first ultrasound… Click on the picture to see a bigger view…
I outlined the uterus and the baby so that you know what you are looking at inside the womb. Ace was only 2.35 cm long in this ultrasound and looks like a peanut. Holy cow! Now it is real! There is a real live baby growing inside my wife!
Time went by and at 23 weeks into the pregnancy we had another ultrasound done…
In this picture you can easily see his head, torso, and arm. What a huge difference in 14 weeks!
And then at 29 weeks we decided to get a 3D ultrasound done. We were allowed to have 6 guests in the room with us. My wife laid on a bed in the back of the room, and the nurse operated the ultrasound machine. There were 6 theater style chairs in the room that faced towards a large movie screen on the wall. The 3D ultrasound images were projected on the wall for everyone to see. It was amazing!
You could see his facial features. You could count his fingers and toes. You could definitely tell that he was a boy!
What was cool about the whole thing is that you could see him move. You could see him move his arms and legs. He kept trying to suck his thumb, but was having a hard time finding his mouth. He would make faces and move his mouth!
It was like meeting my son for the first time!
I highly recommend that every person gets the 3D ultrasound done. Your doctors office probably will not do it. It is an elective procedure done by a third party. We used a company called Envision Imaging in our home town. Do a Google search to find one in your home town.
It was a bit pricey, but well worth it. Here is some details about the package that we got…
Advanced 3D/4D Session – $180
- 15 – 20 minute session
- Limited Diagnostic Report Sent to your Provider
- DVD or VHS of your session set to music
- Gender Determination (Upon Request)
- 2 black and white 2D pictures
- 6 black and white 3D pictures
- 2 4×6 color 3D images, suitable for framing
- CD with all color 3d jpeg images taken during your session available for $20
- Gift bag with hundreds of dollars in savings on baby & maternity items
- $25 Off Any Future 3D/4D Session
- Free return session if we are unable to obtain facial pictures of your baby
And finally here are a few pictures from our session…
Update 4/18 - I have added a video of our 3D / 4D Ultrasound at 29 weeks.
Ultrasounds are great for dads! Moms are immediately connected to their baby, but fathers are usually not really connected to the child until after birth. Yeah, we can feel and maybe see our wife’s belly move, which is totally freaky!, but it is nothing like seeing your baby before they are born.
The 3D ultrasound is pricey, but it is worth every penny. Again, I highly recommend that every dad gets to experience the 3D Ultrasound!