On the 23rd, Paul picked Flossy and Ginny up from Baltimore and drove them down to Arlington to spend the night with us and go to the sonogram with us the next morning. All of us went to the doctor's office (Maternal and Fetal Health at VHC) and they were kind enough to drag 3 more chairs into the room so that the whole family could sit down. By the way, the chair hauling was performed by our technician who happened to be at least 5 months pregnant (has to be a cool job! She checks her baby out once a week!). She moved the chairs while Paul was in the waiting room, so if you want to yell at someone, call her staff...
After answering some questions and filling out some paper work, the technician slathered on a healthy dosage of jelly and our baby appeared on the big screen. We were immediately shocked because s/he looked like a person! It had only been 5 weeks since we were staring at a turtle/UFO looking blurb on the screen. Now, we could clearly see a head, body, arms, and legs. Our baby's profile was also there for our viewing pleasure - a little nose and forehead. The baby seems to already have Paul's energy level - s/he was bouncing around as if it were a trampoline. The baby seemed to "go to sleep" for a minute or so and would then start bouncing and moving his or her arms and legs again. We heard the heart beat again as well - all good signs that the baby is doing just fine.
We were there for a nuchal translucency screening to assess our baby's risk for Down Syndrome. Although we won't get the official results for over a week, the doctor said that everything looked good.
After the appointment, we went up to Great Beginnings in Gaithersburg, MD (http://www.greatbeginningsonline.com/). It's one of the largest baby stores in the country, so we thought it would be fun to check out the stock when Ginny and Flossy were there. After a lot of debate, we settled on a Munire nursery room set and put the order in. It takes 10-14 weeks for delivery (!) so we still have some time to get the room painted before it arrives. We made one other purchase... Baby Bargains! It's our new favorite source of baby-related information.
We had dinner at Paul's cousin Danny's restaurant, Crush (http://www.crush-restaurant.com/), near Towson Town Center and told Danny, Michelle, and Paul's aunt Bonnie, who were all working, our baby news. (If you live in Maryland and haven't been to Crush, you should go! The menu is fantastic and we've never had anything we didn't love.) It was great to spend Flossy's 91st birthday with her and get to see the fourth generation of Paul's family all in one room. A very exciting and tiring day!