Making a Mama: Is My Ultrasound Cuter Than Drew Barrymore's?

Late last week Drew Barrymore was spotted clutching ultrasound pictures, spurring an onslaught of pregnancy rumors. Even if the newly engaged actress isn't confirming anything, she must be bursting with excitement if those pics are of her baby-to-be.

I had my 12-week ultrasound last week and I can tell you firsthand that seeing those first baby images on the ultrasound makes everything feel more real. Before I got pregnant, I always thought I'd be elated and beyond thrilled every day of my pregnancy. Yet despite caving into a nap every afternoon and feeling too queasy for the gym, in the early weeks, it was really hard to fathom that I was even growing a baby. It didn't feel real to me.

Sure, I had early sonograms at 6 weeks and 8 weeks where I "saw" my baby, but I have to admit, that little blur and the flickering of the heartbeat was entirely underwhelming. I know, I know, many moms cry over these moments -- but really, for me, it was hard to put blur and baby together to come up with any sort of emotion.

All of that changed last week though when my husband and I saw the 12-week ultrasound images. Finally, the blur took the shape of a baby. We could confirm he (we think Baby is looking boyish, don’t you? And pretty cute, right?) has two arms, two legs, a little nose and a mouth. It was such a relief to get a good look at what's going on in there, and to see that he was indeed alive and kickin' even though I can’t feel a thing yet. Seeing our first baby pics was reassuring, heartwarming and trippy all at the same time.

iVillage Making a Mama blogger Julie Seguss loves all things health and fitness, and holds a personal trainer certification from the American Council on Exercise. She is expecting her first child, or second if you count her very spoiled French bulldog. Find more from Julie at Inhabitots and Momtourage

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