Hi there! We had the first big ultrasound/sonogram… which leads me to a rabbit hole. The terms ultrasound and sonogram are interchangeable in most prenatal examples. The ultrasound is the actual procedure using high frequency sounds waves, and sonogram refers to the picture of the baby created from that procedure. Which term do you prefer or use? I like ultrasound for some reason. OK, back to my original train of thought. The first big ultrasound was Wednesday, May 31st just over a week ago and right as I was coming down with a behemoth cold. It zapped what was left of my depleted energy, then took my voice for a few days, and finally settled into an ugly sounding “get away from me now” cough for a few more days. Thankfully, today was a good day and looks like the worst is over. Yay! Due to being in my first trimester, I was pretty limited on remedies. So, I drank as much water as I could along with a little vitamin C, Zinc, and plenty of naps/earlier bed times. I’m very thankful my girls were relatively good for my several randomly timed naps and they only made normal messes, nothing lethal.
On to the good parts! The ultrasound went really well. I told Dr. Vaughn that I was going to be taking video for the parents and he said “Go for it! Do whatever you want.” He found the little one (singular) pretty quickly. After taking a few key measurements it was time to get a heart beat confirmation recording. This little one was drumming right along at 163 bpm. After a brief discussion about what to expect next, I was free to dress and start uploading my video so that Amy and Al could get an instant replay and pop the champagne.
For now, I will continue my weekly blood draws to monitor the two hormones that I am putting into my body, Progesterone (P4) and Estradiol (an estrogen), and to follow-up with a growth ultrasound about two weeks out. If numbers continue to look good and the ultrasound goes well, I will begin to wean off of hormones and “graduate” to my OB/GYN’s office for “normal” prenatal care. It is exciting to get to that point but it will be a bit of an adjustment for Team B as we go from constant detailed monitoring to monthly prenatal appointments. The next big thing won’t be until the anatomy scan around 20 weeks gestation, which would be the second half of August. It sounds so far away but I know it will be here before any of us know it.
In the meantime I am definitely fluffing up. It’ll be fun to see how quickly I go from “fluffy” to “pregnant”. There is a difference! I’d rather look pregnant than look like I ate a whole platter of burritos and have the gas gut to match. With each pregnancy it seems the body pops faster so I have a feeling it won’t be long before I’m sharing weekly comparison pictures.
In the world of baby development, this Friday will mark 9 weeks gestation.
Here are some fun facts about the 9 week mark:
She’s now about one inch long, the size of a medium green olive (but no martinis, please). The head has straightened out and is more fully developed and the ears are continuing to grow, making baby look more human. Plus, toes are visible, and all of baby’s essential organs (heart, brain, kidneys, liver and lungs) have begun to develop.