I was a little nervous over the weekend that things weren’t going well because I wasn’t feeling particularly “pregnant”. I hardly experienced any nausea and food did not gross me out so I was eating just fine. Until Sunday night, that is. I had a hard time eating my bbq chicken, which I love. All day yesterday I felt pretty crummy, too. Oddly enough, it perked me up to feel sick all day. I didn’t enjoy it, per se, but I knew that it must mean that things were still going good in my uterus.
Things were going great in my uterus, actually. I had to go to my scan alone this morning so I was a little extra nervous. I have a new mantra that I repeat over and over when I start to get too antsy about things. It goes like this, “Baby is fine, baby is fine, baby is fine.” It did me wonders this morning. Unlike my first u/s I was not afraid to look at the screen when the wand went in. I was, however, frantically searching the screen for evidence of life. And then there it was…our little gummy bear and I saw the heart just beating away. I think my first words were, “Oh my gosh! It’s so big!” And then she said, “And it’s moving around.” It sure was moving. At my last scan it looked like a lightning bug with its whole body flashing but this time, it had an unmistakable heartbeat inside its little body.
At that point Dr. M came in and had me in conversation while she was taking all the measurements. He was asking me about my OB and said that I should call them today to make my first appointment! I have officially graduated! I asked what the heart rate was and he told me 158bpm…perfect. And then I asked him if I was measuring at 7w5d and he said I was measuring fine at about 7w2or3d. I made a mental note to try and not worry about that. After he and the tech left the room (and gave me my 2 pictures) I got dressed and glanced at the screen. I scribbled down the measurements on a scrap piece of paper so that I could reference them when I got to work. I sent BJ a text that the baby was doing great and was BIG and then I went to see the nurse. As I was waiting, my old IVF nurse walked by and I flagged her down. I showed her the scan picture and she was so happy for me. She gave me a hug and had tears in her eyes and congratulated me. It was a very nice moment. I saw the discharge nurse and she gave me some papers (some of which were mailed to me with my medication weaning schedule) and a referral for a scan with a Maternal and Fetal Medicine facility. Dr. M said that he would refer me just because he could and he knew that another u/s would make me happy. I’m to call them tomorrow to set up an appointment. And then I went over to pay my co-pay for the visit. The receptionist did a double take and said, “Oh, you are graduating so you don’t need another appointment.” And then the other lady behind the counter said, “I wasn’t expecting that! Congratulations!” I said thank you to both of them and was on my way.
I told BJ all about it on the drive to work. I told him that once I have a successful first OB appointment he will be free to tell whomever he chooses. And then he asked me again when I’ll be showing. Seriously, the man asks me this question at least every 2 days. He’s a trip. I think it will make it more real for him to see my growing belly. The one co-worker/friend that knows for sure what is going on got to see the picture. She’s very happy for me and thinks that everything will be fine from here on out. I certainly hope so.
I did a couple of quick searches for CRL at my stage and have decided that I’m not measuring 7w2or3days but rather right on track or even a day or 2 ahead. I’ll have to look some more tonight when I’m at home to make sure. I’m a numbers person so doing this helps put my mind at ease a bit.
Here are the numbers I wrote down from the screen:
CRL – 15.7mm
GS – 13.1
I called the OB’s office but she is so busy that they are going to have to call me back to find a time when I can come in. Wow…there must be a population boom going on in my county. I can’t wait to put that appointment on my calendar!