The cordocentesis was more painful this time (but not nearly as bad as the amnio) because my stupid uterus is kind of a pissy one and likes to spasm and contract a lot. I can't really blame it. It has had about five needles poked into it. When it contracts with the needle in, it feels like a charley horse with a needle stuck through it. They couldn't get the right spot and had to stick me a few times. But, they did manage to finally get it in the right place and were able to draw some vials of the baby's blood. The doctor said these procedures should get easier and easier as the baby gets better (I guess the cord gets bigger too).
So far, the baby's sex has not been revealed. Although I swear I have seen all kinds of girl and boy parts floating around in there. Some weeks I see one, and some weeks I swear I see the other. I hope it isn't some kind of combo! But, the results from the amniocentesis were are all good (no chromosonal defects), so I'm thinking that everything must be normal in there. I just can't tell what is flashing by on the screen! They are very careful about not showing us too much (which, actually, is starting to piss me off. My curiosity is getting the better of me!)
Anyway...here is a picture from during the transfusion two weeks ago. It is really kind of hard to describe, but the gray blob on the top and the right is the placenta, and you can see the long white needle poking through it, coming from the right side of the photo. The round ball is some part of the baby (head? abdomen? I can't remember.) The group of white lines on the right of the ball is the umbillical cord, where the needle is headed.
****Update to the Update*****
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! We don't need a transfusion this week (or hopefully ever again, but can't say that for sure yet)! The normal hemoglobin number is something around 10 or 11 and the baby had a 9.5. But the GOOD news is that 70-80% of the red blood cells are actually from the baby itself! We still go back next week (holy hell is this getting old) and if things have changed drastically, we'll need a transfusion. But, nothing has changed drastically in two weeks now, and with those new baby blood cells coming out, I am hoping we're all clear.