Friday, July 16, 2010

Happy Ultrasound Day! (the whole story)

Some days I'm absolutely spent and it's only 8:30pm.  Then there are nights like today when I'm still kicking at 11:30pm,  hmmmm?  I don't get it but at least I'm not going to bed by 9pm every night!  Since I'm finally awake, coherent, and not at work, here's all the beautiful details.

Ultrasound day was as wonderful as I had hoped it to be!  I met Tim in the lobby and we walked up together.  It felt kind of full circle as we waited in line to let the receptionist know we were there.  You could tell by the paperwork that the couple ahead and behind us in line were having their first visits to the office.  I prayed that they could find what they were looking for here as well.

Margaret was going to perform our scan and I've had her before and like her a lot.  She's always very sweet.  She chats a little but not a lot, which is nice considering you're half-dressed.  Of course the day Tim came with, it didn't go as smooth as usual.  Nothing bad, just a few hiccups.  First off, it took a little while for her to come back to the room.  You can imagine Tim, with ADD, in the room checking out all the new things he hadn't seen before.  When she came back, she started to get settled at the ultrasound machine and made a funny face and excused herself again.  I bet Tim that for some reason she didn't like it and was going to transfer me to the other room.  Him, not knowing there were multiple ultrasound rooms made a joke about me walking through the halls wearing my lovely blue sheet.  So I pointed out the bathroom door that joined both rooms.  Good thing she came back fairly quick, otherwise I'm sure Tim would have scoped out the bathroom too!  Sure enough, we were swapping rooms because she preferred the other setup. 

We get settled and she starts going into her spiel.  Took a look at our chart....two blastocysts...going to check ovaries first......then look for the measurements then will show us the screen shots.  Alrighty, I patient.  Except as soon as she started, the screen was barely tipped towards us and I saw it.  I gasped!  I was so nervous that I was going to be Rachel from Friends and not know what I was looking at.  But when I saw it, I knew exactly what I was looking at!  It was so beautiful, so so beautiful.  You could see a sparkle on the screen, a little flutter, just a glimmer, and that was the heartbeat.  So beautiful.

After letting us enjoy our sneak peek, she got back to business.  Checked out my ovaries and they are looking almost all healed up from the surgery.  Good news.  She then came back and did her measurements.  Baby W is a whopping 6.2 mm long, only a quarter of an inch!  It's truly a miracle that something so tiny has a heartbeat you can see on a monitor!  It brought tears to my eyes, I didn't know if we would be lucky enough to see a heartbeat since we're so early on.  She pointed right at the flutter and measured the heartbeat.  A solid and beautiful heartbeat of 120bpm.  You could see the wavelengths on the screen, it was amazing.  Then something I wasn't expecting again, she turned on the audio!  Something that is so so tiny, and we could still hear it.  It was breath taking!

By far my favorite Drs appointment!  Afterwards I think we were both so relieved and excited, we were pretty much speechless.  Margaret printed off our pics and sent us into another office to wait for Dr O.  He came in and said everything looked great!  Gave us some basic do's and don't's, got us our next steps, then asked who our OB was going to be.  Tim and I smiled and told him we were hoping he could point us in the right direction, we hadn't found any we liked enough to return to.  Luckily he had a few names of some good docs.  Then he gave us our estimated due date....March 8th.

We are so excited!  Some times it doesn't even feel real, we've waited so long that its hard to comprehend that we're not waiting anymore.  We are truly blessed!  Blessed with each other, our families and their support, our friends and their prayers, our doctors, etc.  Truly, truly blessed.  A new stage in our life has officially begun.  I'm always on the lookout for cute blogger backgrounds and when I found this one I knew it was time for a change.  A change in our life required a new look.  It was pretty yet still science experiment-esque with the graph paper background.  When the title of the design was I'm so Lucky, I knew it had to be.


Moe said...

Yay!!!!!! I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to hear more details when you're ready to share. :)

Michelle said...

I can't believe it! March 8th was my due date! That means we got pregnant on the exact same day!!!

I'll start praying that your pup (ha ha! get it "baby wolf") comes a week early on March 1st like mine did : )

Nick and Kristi said...

What a beautiful pic!!!! and so awesome and big relief to see that heartbeat:)

Anonymous said...

All I can say is God is good. Woo Hoo! :)

Tammy V. said...

YAY!!!! I bet you just look at that ultrasound picture constantly. :) Congrats once again Angie, I'm so happy for you. And yay for us having babies at almost the exact same time!! I see lots and lots of play dates in our future!

Heather said...

This is so awesome! I'm glad your ultrasound went great and baby is healthy and growing!