In nine months will you come greet us? I will… buy you some Adidas*
Today, we had our first ultrasound. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’ve never had an ultrasound before (obstetric or otherwise) but I was already panicking about having to go with a full bladder. Like I mentioned in a previous entry, I have issues with drinking liquids and maintaining a full bladder. If I need to pee, I need to pee 5 minutes ago! However, I am also a rule follower so I tried really hard to drink the required 1L of water two hours before my appointment… so that when I eventually arrived at the clinic, I thought my bladder was going to explode. It didn’t help that they were running 15 minutes late… and that I am not a patient person to begin with but luckily, my name finally got called and off I went.
So we get started, and Lindsay, the very nice ultrasound tech, gets me all set up… and she comments that my bladder is REALLY full. So full that she asked me to empty some of it (she gave me a cup to pee into in their bathroom – the cup was mainly so I didn’t accidentally empty my entire bladder). I walk to their bathroom and do my thing. Come back and what do you know, my bladder is still very full. However, she continues on with the scan but has some difficulty in finding my little fetus… probably because my expanded bladder has taken over my entire pelvic region. Anyway, so she asks if I am open to an internal vaginal ultrasound. I agree, mainly because I know she will let me empty my bladder at this point.
I go back to the bathroom and completely empty my bladder (or so I think…?). I head back to the exam room and the internal ultrasound begins. She manages to find the fetus and detect it’s heart rate – YAY! And… she comments that my bladder is still quite full (even though I no longer feel the need to pee – you see what I mean about having strange pee/bladder issues?!)
After she took the measurements she needed to take, she brought Bobby into the exam room so she could show us what the baby looked like so far and to see it’s heart beating! It was soooo cool!
Here is Baby L’s official first photo. I measured at 6 weeks and 2 days (slightly off from the 7 weeks and 2 days I have been going by… which is the date my last period started)
The squiggly lines with the +s on them show the baby’s heart rate.. which is at 142 bpm. I thought this was crazy and rivaled Kiwi’s intense heart beating… but a quick google search showed that hedgehogs’ hearts beat at 190 bpm.
Anyway, after having some spotting throughout my pregnancy (which continues to stress me out despite constant google searching telling me this is normal), I can finally kind of relax today after seeing the fetus with it’s heart beating
We told a friend that we were expecting last week and I was a little bit disheartened that we only get two ultrasounds in total during pregnancy in BC. I’ve been following some mommy blogs (all mommies from the US) and they get more ultrasounds… but I guess that’s because they are paying for each visit. One thing’s for sure though, I will be coming with a less full bladder at my next appointment
Here is an updated list of people who know:
– My doctor
– My parents
– John and Ky
– Bobby’s parents
– Marco, Tommy and Jess
– The ultrasound tech from today
– Bobby’s hairdresser (apparently!! I guess men gossip more during hair appointments than women do… *insert intense eye roll here*)