I had a OB appointment early this morning before heading into work. Although this was only a monthly checkup, I am actually really excited about it since it has been nearly two months since I had an appointment, and the same amount of time had passed since I had physical confirmation of the child in my belly. From the prior pregnancy, I knew that I would at least get to hear the baby's heart beat, and have yet another confirmation, that it is alive and well. For some reason, I had this thought that maybe I had made up the whole pregnancy in my head and that the appointment today was going to confirm that there was no baby after all, even though I had a first ultrasound pictures of a blob to prove it, and the subsequent flutters in my belly since then. But it's always nice to be reminded, so I actually looked forward to this appointment with great anticipation.
Because I changed health care provider between the first and second pregnancy, the whole process of pregnancy check up is new to me with a new provider, even though I have gone through this whole thing once already. When I arrived at the appointment and performed the usual pee in a cup and asked all the questions that had been in my mind, I was surprised to see that an ultrasound machine was wheeled into the room so that I can see the baby yet again. With the last pregnancy, the one and only ultrasound that I received was at the anatomy scan appointment (also known as the appointment where the sex of the baby can be determined). Already I liked the current health care provider since I received an ultrasound for every visit so far, with the next visit being the anatomy scan, which is another guaranteed look at the baby. Obviously I don't expect to see the baby with every single visit, and I was told so by the doc, but having a glimpse of the baby three time by the time I turn 20 weeks is pretty awesome, and after that, I should have daily reminders that the baby does in fact exist and is growing by the thumps and kicks I should feel against my rib cage or other parts in my belly.
For some reason, probably because of the surprise of it all, I got a little emotional in seeing the baby this time around on the screen. Maybe it is because the last time I saw "it", there was only a blob on the screen with nothing more than a little heartbeat that can be made out. Here I am at 7 weeks later, and I can made out the perfect profile with arms and legs that move, and a strong heartbeat to go with it. In fact, just to give me another confirmation of its existence, as I see the movement on the screen, I also felt a movement in my belly at that exact moment. March 28th just cannot come soon enough so we can see our baby again. And currently, we are set on not finding out the sex of the baby, but only time will tell in these next four weeks what we will decide on. But for now, these pictures will have to hold me over until the next time I see my baby on screen in 4 weeks.
|January 6, 2012 - 8 weeks gestation|
|February 29, 2012 - 15 weeks gestation|