I had my first prenatal visit this afternoon. We were a little scared going into it. The last time I had a prenatal visit we found out that our almost 7 week old baby had died in utero at five weeks and I had a miscarriage within days of that appointment. So needless to say the past memories of these appointments all hold heartache and we were apprehensive.
Today wiped every past appointment clean… I think it might have been one of the very best days of my life!
We walked in and waited anxiously for my name to be called. I was asked into an office where I filled out all the required paperwork to see my new doctor and all the time I was scared to death that this would be my only appointment. When they finally called us back I spent about 10 minutes going over my medical history with the nurse and explaining about my previous experience with fertility doctors and my 3 miscarriages. Then my new doctor came in. I’ll just take a moment to say that I love him and all of his office staff! It was a lovely experience all around and that makes me so happy!
After a few questions and a little more background my Dr. decided that I really needed to have an ultrasound to make sure everything was okay and to get a, once and for all, accurate time frame for this pregnancy. I was so excited! I just knew that seeing my baby and knowing for sure that everything was okay would be a huge relief.
So they led us back to the sonogram room and I experienced the kind of sonogram you see in the movies! It was so surreal! From the darkened lights to the ice cold gel on my stomach it was exactly like every movie portrays it… and then our miracle happened.
There on the screen across from us was our baby!
Here’s a version with parts labeled so you can see our little Laubester more clearly!
It was an amazing experience. As I was laying there while the Dr. took measurements we could actually see the baby waving it’s little arms and legs around! Then the Dr. asked us the best question…
“Do you want to hear the heartbeat?”
We both nodded yes and the room was filled with the sound of our baby’s heartbeat. Racing away at 175 beats per minute. It was one of the most profound moments of my life. Ryan and I were struggling to not just break down in tears at the very sound.
Here is one last picture. As you can see I’m a little ahead of what was originally thought. I measure exactly 10 weeks today which makes my due date June 4th of 2010. That means my first trimester ends on the 25th of November (Crazy that’s only 19 days!) and we’ll be able to see if this little Laubester is a boy or a girl on the 15th of January!
See the squiggles on the bottom of the picture? That’s the baby’s heartbeat!
Thank you each and every one of you for your prayers for my and this baby’s health. Ryan and I can feel your prayers daily. Even though we were so nervous today going into this appointment there was an unexplainable underlying peace… We can’t wait to share this journey with you!
Ryan and Courtney