Tuesday, July 31, 2012

10 Week Appt With OB

Hello again!

Yesterday was my first appointment at the OB. It went really well! I was able to ask all the questions I had about working with her, the hospital, and a few pregnancy related things. I am glad I have an OB who I can talk to and not be blown off! While we were there, she did a quick sonogram to verify all the dates so, once again, I recorded it. Unfortunately there is no cell service inside the building, as it's right in the same building as a hospital, so I wasn't able to call them while we did the sonogram.

Baby looks great! We're measuring 10wk4d, which is a little ahead of schedule and great. Gummy Bear's heart rate was 171 beats per minute, also fantastic.

After the appointment, I took a picture of the OB to send to Katie to "get to know" her, and the Dr. called her to introduce herself and ask if there were any questions. I was really glad she was able to do that. I'm her first patient who is a surrogate, but there have been a few to come through the group practice, and there is one working in the practice, so I know I'm in good hands.

As for me... Last week was a very tough week for me with morning sickness. I was pretty weak, very nauseated, and threw up several times. Thankfully, Saturday was the last day taking the progesterone shots and the estrogen pills 3x a day. Sunday was a really good day, I barely had any issues with any morning sickness, although heartburn is still a very prominent issue. Monday was good until night time when I had more heartburn and a little nausea, but still not even anywhere close to as bad as it was last week. I'm so thankful for it easing up now. I'm ready to enjoy this pregnancy to the fullest!

Next appointment with the OB is on Monday, August 27 at 12:30. We get one more sono then, and then the next sonogram after that will be at 20 weeks unless there are any issues. I know Katie is hoping to join us for that sonogram, too, so I'm looking forward to that!

Until next time, Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

8 Weeks 3 days!

I've been quiet since the last ultrasound, but thankfully that doesn't mean anything has been wrong. I've just been super exhausted and pretty nauseated, so updating the blog was pushed out of my mind for a little while... but we had our 2nd ultrasound today and I was so excited I wanted to update you as soon as I could!

I again called Katie and Kevin and got them on the phone with me and then figured out how to use the camcorder on the phone while we were talking, so I got the whole thing on video!

The baby is perfect. Measures 8wks 3days exactly, and has a heartbeat in the 170s. We've graduated from lima bean to gummy bear! Gummy bear was wiggling his/her little hands at us today, showing off. Here's the video! Enjoy!

I will stop meds on Saturday the 28th, and you have no idea how ready I am for that! Whew. They make ALL those pregnancy symptoms about 10x more than they would be without the symptoms.  I also get to schedule our first appointment with my OB for sometime in early August. I can't wait! My OB has been rooting us on since we first started looking at helping couples via surrogacy and I know she will be so excited that we've made it this far!

I will update this post when I get a date for our first appointment. Until then, have a great week!

Update: First OB appointment is on July 30 at 2:30pm! Woohoo!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Houston, we have a heartbeat!

Today was our first ultrasound! 

I called Katie and she conferenced Kevin in so we could all "be there" together. It was a great appointment! We saw (they heard) one healthy heartbeat at 117bpm and a baby that measured 6wks 3days exactly! 

Immediately when they started, I saw two sacs. Unfortunately one did not have a fetal pole. So we learned right away that there were two originally, but its likely that one stopped developing at some point. It was a much smaller sac, so it was probably something abnormal that stopped the growth.

It's all good though, we have one healthy peanut who's growing just fine!!

Congrats, Katie and Kevin!

I tried to video the ultrasound but what I was using ended up turning against me and only getting the last 8 seconds of the ultrasound which was me putting it down into my paper covered lap. :/ Sorry, no video this time!!

Next ultrasound is on July 17th!!