Friday, August 12, 2011

8 Week Appointment

Well, we survived our first appointment with Dr. C!   I was pretty nervous, I'm not going to lie.  I think every mom is probably nervous the first appointment.  I mean, all you have up to this point to show you are pregnant are a few positive tests and lots of nausea.  I was prepared for a long wait, but it really wasn't bad.  The drive isn't too fun, but I don't think there's anything we can do about that.  We knew by choosing Dr. C that the drive would be an hour.  It's not bad when I have Daddy B with me. :)

So Dr. C came in and pretty much just talked to me.  He was wearing the bracelet!  That was awesome!  It took him a minute to remember that we were the ones who gave him the bracelet and then when he realized, he said "I bet you thought I wouldn't be wearing it, didn't you!" We admitted he was right but he told us he hadn't taken it off, like he promised.  When I told him about my mom's accident and that I wanted an ultrasound to ease my stress, he understood.  He doesn't like to do more than the one ultrasound at 20 weeks unless there is a reason, but he said he knew where I was coming from and decided to write an order for it.  Then he said, "Erin, why are we wearing these bracelets?  To trust God!  We have to trust God with your baby, no matter what is going on."  I LOVE that I have a doctor who believes in the same God I do.  It makes this whole process mean so much more!

Daddy B and I both really loved their sonogram room.  At my last doctor, we just looked on the little ultrasound screen to see the baby but at this office, it is a separate room and the ultrasound is up on a large flatscreen TV on the wall.

Without further ado, meet our little baby bean:

I measured 8 weeks 2 days and the heart rate was 167.  The little head is at the top and the little tail that is quickly disappearing is at the bottom, if that gives you better perspective.

Next appointment is September 9th at 12 weeks!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hard first couple of months

I've had a hard first 8 weeks of this pregnancy.  Sure, I've had the usual symptoms, but the biggest thing is that two and a half weeks ago, my mom was in a near fatal car accident.  I spent 2 weeks at her bedside in San Antonio but am happy to report she is doing relatively well and is expected to make a full recovery in about 6 months.  She is finally headed home today after 16 days in the hospital and I came home on Sunday to try to let myself get some rest.  I'm heading back down on the 15th.

Seems my bracelet applies to more than just baby-makin' and birthing, huh?

I had a really hard time taking care of myself while spending so much time at the hospital.  I definitely need a week's rest before going back to help shuttle my mom to all of her appointments while also taking care of her at home with Baby C close behind.

Daddy B and I are excited about our first appointment on Friday, which is one of the reasons I decided to come home.  I might see about getting some Zofran.  The nausea this time is just horrible.  I'm hoping I can have an ultrasound to see the little bean.  I'm not a huge fan of multiple ultrasounds if they aren't necessary, but was happy when I had an initial one with Baby C at 10 weeks (to see there was actually something in there!) and then the anatomy one at 20.  I hope to do the same this time, although we aren't finding out what we are having!

We already had a girl name picked out from when we were pregnant with Baby C and want to use it this time around and I think we finally agreed on a first name for a boy.  Still working on the middle name but I'm really excited about our first name choice!  It's perfect!

After the appointment Friday, I'm going to start looking in to doulas.  I'm really looking forward to interviewing with some women and finding the right fit!

Overall, the pregnancy seems to be off to a good start.  I wasn't planning on sharing the news with nearly as many people who now know, but while my mom was on her high levels of morphine after her vent was removed on the third day, she told EVERYONE.  haha!  I don't think I'll ever let her live that down!

I'm looking forward to updating this weekend.  Hopefully I get around to it on Saturday because Sunday is my birthday and I plan on doing as little as possible.  :)