so BLAH. we went to the ultrasound, and, yes, it is always fun to see little baby-creatures - but when i found out basically NOTHING that i didn't know i'm not too pumped about it! so, yep, just 17 weeks along - i guess i'm just fat or something. :) and we couldn't get a good view to see if it's a boy or girl. so i came out knowing nothing more - although everything did look great on the ultrasound, i.e, 2 hands, 2 feet, 4-chamber heart, 2 brain hemispheres, etc, etc. so that's always good to see. the little creature was moving all over - but never in position to tell gender. but that's really okay because i have to go back in 3 weeks and get some spine and heart measurements since they can't do that at 17 weeks.
BUT the good news about the whole thing is that it will actually end up costing us less than a regular ultrasound. the tech, who i think also works in billing, said she'd bill it as a partial (or something like that) ultrasound and then the next one will be a follow-up. those 2 ultrasounds cost less than a regular one. not a huge savings, but a savings none-the-less. so perhaps a blessing in disguise we think!
so we'll all have to wait around another 3 weeks to see - miles says it is a boy and we should name him "grassy." perhaps. . .