Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Update from the doctor!

At 3 pm today, I arrived at the doctor armed with my calm hubby and your prayers to keep me sane. Well, as sane as I get. Let's keep it real.

Within minutes, I got a peek at the little bean who has now sprouted little legs and little arms and is pretty darn cute if I do say so myself. Every time I see the little one, it takes my breath away.

"Wow," I said, breathlessly, "that's amazing."

"It is, isn't it?" said the sweet ultrasound technician.

I know that she doesn't always get to relay good news, but what a job, to see real-life miracles every single day.

She said that my baby looked "beautiful" and that it's heart rate was very strong, at 178. Yes, I know, you are sure that's the heart rate of a girl. Or a boy.

I asked about the bleed, and she pointed it out. Disappointed that it hadn't healed, I asked if it had gotten bigger. She wasn't sure, but I thought it looked a little larger than last time. She said that those bleeds are actually fairly common, and because it was clear, it didn't look worrisome.

However, I forgot about the bleed when she smiled and pointed out that baby was moving...a lot. I admit that B is better at seeing ultrasounds than I am and he laughed and pointed it out too. I must have been focusing on the bleed, because I missed it. She held the wand super still and coaxed, "C'mon, punkin," and the babe wiggled. My heart sang. She admitted that at this point, it's involuntary movements, but seeing my little one wave its little arm buds at me was awe-inspiring, just the same.

Baby is measuring at 9 weeks 2 days, which is exactly where it should be.

After that, we saw the doctor, who remains hopeful about the bleed. The bad news is that it has gotten minimally bigger, meaning continued Progesterone and staying away from the gym. The good news is that he's not worried and seemed pretty sure that my body will reabsorb it by 12 weeks. I get another doctor's visit in three weeks, and I'm starting to enjoy this every-three-week thing. Not having to wait and wonder certainly helps my anxiety level.

Oh...and I lost a pound. I'll chalk it up to the fact that I am not giving in to every ice cream craving like I did with L, and not losing muscle from sitting on my booty rather than hitting the gym.

So thank you for your prayers and positive vibes. There's not a doubt in my mind that they helped my situation. If you don't mind, keep 'em coming. Thanks, friends!


Anna said...

What a wonderful relief! I was thinking of you all day and am so happy things are just as they should be. I don't remember which one has the faster rate, boy or girl...do you have a feeling of what he or she is?
This is so exciting! I'm so happy that the news was good!!!

Abby said...

Yay! This is great news - will continute praying!

Samantha said...

Yay for little PUNKIN'!! And YAY for you!!

Jen said...

Oh good!!!!

Katie said...

I loved this post...so heartfelt and beautiful and I'm soooo glad that Baby R squared is doing GREAT! :)

Husbands are the CUTEST in ultrasounds, aren't they?!?!?

Janet said...

Yay! Glad to hear everything is going well.

longbrakeliving said...

Aw, so glad to hear everything looks okay!

And Yay for great ultra-sound techs. They are the BEST.

Brittany Ann said...

Go Baby R! I'm glad he/she is looking like a little punkin! So sweet! So much love for this little one, and he's only 9 weeks old!

Blair said...

YAY! Sending you hugs!

Notes From the Grove said...

That's wonderful news! I know you're worried about the bleed. Have you ever looked into self-hypnosis? A lot of women use it to give birth, so I'm wondering if there might be anything out there for self-healing. I know you're open to stuff like that and you're one of the only people I'd ever even feel comfortable suggesting it to, lol.

I'm so excited to follow your baby journey, Gina! Thank you for sharing!

Lil' Woman said...

Continuing to send all the hugs,love, and prayers to you and the baby!

Karen said...

I'm so glad things are going well! That's great news!

Michelle said...

So glad things are still going well!