Friday, April 29, 2011

11 Weeks 5 Days checkup

Well last Monday was my monthly checkup at the doctor's. My husband has been coming with me to my appointments so far but today he said he wasn't going to be able to make it so I asked my friend from work to go. My appointment was at 2:15 and about 1:30 I had a missed call from my husband so I called him back and he said he could make it after all. I was very glad he was able to come since I like for him to be at all of the appointments for support.

Shortly after I arrived they called me back and had me pee in a cup as usual. She then checked my weight, 200 lbs, and my blood pressure, 116/20, I think I can't really remember but it was good. After asking me the general questions she told me that all of my blood tests came back fine so there was nothing to be concerned about. She asked if I was interested in getting a blood test done that may or may not show some problem with the baby. Basically you take the blood test and the results are either positive or negative for something but that doesn't mean that the baby does or doesn't have that something wrong with them. I figured it would just cause me more stress and not really be useful in any way so I decided not to do it.

After I was done talking with the nurse I went to the office where Mark was and we hung out until the nurse came in to try and listen to the heartbeat. As I was only 11 weeks and 5 days I knew it was possible to hear it but there was still a chance we might not be able to hear it. The nurse had a hard time finding the HB so after what seemed like a long time I expected her to say maybe next time but she got another nurse to come in and try. This nurse came in and found it right away. Little bird's HB was 160 again. Yay!

After the nurses left we waited for the doctor to show up. This time I met with Dr. Washington who is the same doctor that delivered Brinley. She is a very nice lady and she has somewhat of an accent so it is hard to understand her sometimes but I like her. When she came in she said, "Wow that was fast!". We spoke with her for a little while about how things were going with the pregnancy and any concerns that she may have. She said that instead of when I get to 30 weeks we will wait until I'm 34 weeks to have me come in for the non-stress tests every week. She also said when I reached 39 weeks and if everything was still looking good with the baby that we may go ahead and induce me so that means I would have the baby the week of Nov 2nd - 8th. I'm almost hoping to have my baby on Halloween!

Now that I am 12 weeks I tried the home Doppler the other day and couldn't find the HB but Mark came in and found it almost immediately but we weren't able to get a reading of how strong it was on the Doppler.

So everything is looking good with this pregnancy so far! Nothing to worry about from the blood work I've had done and the baby's HB is still looking good.

Monday, April 25, 2011

“Hope” is the Thing with Feathers

For my english class I have to find a poem to write a paper on. I found this poem by Emily Dickinson titled "Hope" is the Thing with Feathers. I chose this poem because my "Hope" is this baby which I have lovingly referred to as little birdie. The storm in the poem is my Brinley love who came and went so quickly in my life. For me Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in my soul. I will be posting my paper here after I get it written.


 “Hope” is the thing with feathers

By Emily Dickinson
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.

Also I will be posting my paper here after I get it written.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

For Real

I've been sick all week so it has taken me 4 days to get this posted.There is something about being pregnant that tells germs it is time to make a home in my body. This is the second time I've been sick since finding out I was pregnant just 4 weeks ago. Sneezing, coughing, stuffy/runny nose, and an ear infection have been my companions this week. I'm ready to kick them out!

I went to the doctor last Tuesday to get an ultrasound done since I was absolutely sure I wasn't eleven weeks pregnant when I went to the doctor the week before. Turns out I was right. The ultrasound of little birdie showed a strong heartbeat of 160 bpm and the forming of a head and body. We got to see he/she move a little while doing the u/s. It is so weird to see something moving around inside of you when you can't feel it.

So it turns out that I was 8 weeks 6 days pregnant when I went on Tuesday. That makes my new due date November 9, 2011. So here is our little birds first picture!

The tech thought she would be funny and make it look like twins with the picture below. :-D

So according to the technician everything looked good but I won't know more until I talk with the doctor. My next doctor appointment is on April 25th. I hate that I have to wait a month between each appointment right now. It is so loooonnnnnggg to wait.

The only thing that concerns me about the visit with the technician was that she got a shot of a cyst on my right ovary. It is probably nothing to worry about but I can't help but worry. My sister had a cyst burst on her when she was 17 and I know it caused her a lot of pain. Other than that I feel much better now that I know the baby is doing fine.

Keeping my fingers crossed til the end.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Heart moniter

A wonderful friend had a home heart rate monitor that she has let me borrow. It is still too early for me to hear a heartbeat of little birdie. Not sure if this is the correct model but this is what the monitor looks like.

She also gave me what was left of her gel but it wasn't much so my dad and step-mother bought me some more. 

I can't wait till I can use it and hear that little bump, bump, bump. A big thanks to my dad and step-mom for sending me a life's supply of ultrasound gel. :-) And a big thanks to my great friend April for lending me a little peace of mind during this pregnancy. 

I love you all!