Sorry it’s been such a post drought. Everything is going wonderfully. I think there’s still a small part of me that doesn’t want to get too attached to this pregnancy (even though it’s far too late.) Bad things happen to good people all too often. So I think I’ve been hesitating to post. And I know I also want to spare the feelings of those still on the TTC train. Aside from all that, I totally have prego brain. Just typing this far feels like a great accomplishment. I can’t believe I’ve managed to make multiple complete sentences!
Now, onto the greatest moment yet…
Yesterday we had our third ultrasound. Even at this point, it still totally feels surreal. Here’s the chart with the stats from the past three u/s…
7/22/10 6 weeks, 3 days 3.7mm 124bpm
7/29/10 7 weeks, 3 days 13.2mm 158bpm
8/10/10 9 weeks, 1 day 28mm 177bpm
So everything is progressing awesomely!!! I couldn’t be happier! I was in awe that the baby actually looked like a baby at this u/s. We saw the arms, legs, beginnings of fingers and toes, the brain hemispheres, a jaw and an elbow. So amazing!
The greatest moment was when we saw the baby moving!!! I was shocked! It was the first moment, during an u/s, when I got teary eyed. Before this, I just believed the RE when he said that the tiny blob I was staring at was a baby. I knew he was right but it didn’t look like much more than a cute little blob. Seeing/hearing the heartbeat was really the only thing that made the blob more ‘real.’ But yesterday, seeing all those limbs moving around was just…surreal. It really is a real life baby (although slightly alien-ish!)
At one point the baby has its legs open and we got a nice view of what is growing between them. It was without a doubt what looked JUST like a penis!!! I yelled, “Is that a wiener?” So classy, right? The doctor said, “Well, it’s really early but if I had to make a determination, I’d say that is the beginnings of a penis.” We promised we wouldn’t hold him to it since it is so early but we’re crossing our fingers that he’s right.
The hubs and I left the appointment elated. We talked about it for the entire hour car ride home. I seriously don’t think the words I’m typing do justice to the amazing feeling I had leaving that appointment.
The RE told me to make an appointment with an ob/gyn (hmm, guess I’ll have to get one of those) and schedule the nuchal translucency tests. We decided to keep up with the PIO injections and estrogen pills until Saturday, then Monday I’ll go in for blood work. If the placenta is producing enough hormones itself, then I’ll stop altogether. My next, and final, u/s with the RE is scheduled for 8/24.
He also gave me a prescription for Zofran. I’ve had a couple of really rough days that have kept me out of work. It’s not consistently horrible but I like the idea of having the option should I decide that I really can’t handle the nausea and vomiting on a particular day. Other than that, I’m doing pretty well. I’m still totally in shock but I think it’s becoming more real each day that passes.