Towards the end of June, I had another follow up with the perinatal specialist. This time I brought all of my girls with me so they could see their little brother or sister on the ultrasound. I was a little concerned about Meagan because she freaks out when the lights are turned off, but she actually did ok. A lot of that had to do with the doctor I saw. After my experiences with Meagan and the last appointments with this baby, I told my OB about what they had said. She was not happy and told me that I had to see Dr. A from that point on. Upon checking in at the specialist, I asked if I was seeing Dr. A and they said yes.
I knew from the minute he walked in that it was going to be a great match. The very first thing he said to us was "I know we aren't going to find out gender, but I'm going to call your baby 'he' until the birth because he or she, I can't say 'it'.... there's a person in there!" Yep. My kind of doctor :) He talked to all the girls about what they were doing this summer, wished them luck at Nationals, and asked them if they were excited about a new brother or sister. Surprisingly, Meagan didn't freak out either. I think she could tell his sense of calm, and also that he was genuinely interested in our family. He talked to Meagan and told her she was pretty and directed her attention to the big screen on the wall so she could see the baby. Meagan was hilarious - she kept saying "wohhhhhh" and "hi baby!" It was the cutest thing ever. The rest of the girls were equally excited and noting every part of the baby and were completely amused by the baby rolling around, stretching out, and ultimately, resting his/her hands under the chin as if we were taking a picture. Dr. A said all looked ok so far, and we would go ahead and have another scan at 18 weeks to look at the brain anatomy in more detail. He told the girls if they had any Irish dancing shows locally to tell him and he would definitely come. We left with a good feeling, the girls were ecstatic having seen their sibling, and Meagan of course continued to ask for "the baby on the movie."
After the appointments, we hurried home because we had a lot to pack. Nationals was in just under a week and we had to pack the car to leave. We brought Meagan's wheelchair and walker so for longer distances she could rest, but in the hotel she could practice walking and keep up her progress. We stopped on the way up at my parents' house to see my brother and nephew, and also take a little break so I made sure to get out and walk as much as my OB instructed. Meagan had fun at Nana and Pop Pop's on our stop over.
For Meagan, it was a very exciting week as well. Since she can't walk, we all know how obsessed she is with the Irish music and rhythms. She loves looking at the dresses, shoes and all the dancing. She would clap every time dancers took the stage and ask when the music would start. She got a lot of practice in her walker around the hotel. One night she met a few dance teachers from Chicago who talked with her a little bit. Every time we passed other dancers or dance families they would smile at her, or tell her encouraging things like "good job!" or "wow you will be dancing in no time!" It was so nice to see and hear all the positive responses directed towards Meagan. She was extremely spoiled (in a good way) the entire week with the positive attention and motivation to keep moving. She even got to spend some time with Emma and Erin as we went over scores one night. Meagan was in heaven spending about an hour with them talking about dance, playing with them and flipping through their phones looking at videos and pictures. We are very grateful to have such warm hearted teachers.