Friday, June 8, 2012

An update from the coast

I'm still on vacation, and using a borrowed laptop to type this up. We head home tomorrow, which I'm sad about. It's beautiful here on the coast of South Carolina, and even three days of rain was not enough to ruin my vacation!

We had our 8-week ultrasound yesterday at 3:30 p.m. I hit the beach for a good 3 1/2 hours prior to leaving for the appointment, but that wasn't e nough to keep me entirely distracted. I was a nervous wreck. I now know how to cure pregnancy-induced constipation: worry yourself sick. Now if I could only bottle that and sell it...

We arrive at the doctor's office, and I fill out the necessary paperwork. And then we wait. Everyone else in the waiting room (6 people) gets called back before we do (some of them arrived after us). My stomach was in knots. I was wringing my hands and biting my lip.

Finally, they call me back. I was told to empty my bladder and then head to the ultrasound room. Bottoms off, I hop on the table.

After a few minutes, the doctor comes in. She is incredibly sweet. She asks a couple questions (Last missed period? Why so many early ultrasounds? Have there been any issues thus far?). I tell her about our loss at around this time last pregnancy, and tell her how nervous I am. She wastes no more time on small talk at that point, and in goes the wand (yes, my very first vaginal pregnancy ultrasound!).

Within seconds of putting the wand in, she tells us there is a heartbeat!! Relief poured over me like a waterfall. I let out my first sigh of relief (in total, there must have been about 50). She then focuses in on the baby, and says that baby is growing beautifully!

At my appointment yesterday, I was 8w3d. Baby is measuring 8w5d, with a heart rate of 179 bpm.

How about those stats?? Much better than anything we got last pregnancy, where the heart rate only got up to the 150s.

And for your viewing pleasure, a photo of our little one:
My 9-week ultrasound is this Tuesday. At that point, we hope to be released from the clinical trial in NYC. Here's to hoping...

31 comments:

  1. Hello Peanut!!!! Great update Kara - thanks for posting :) Hope you had a great time away

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  2. Glad to hear the wonderful news!! Great stats indeed!

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  3. Wow!!! What a little jellybean!!! Everything sounds great!! Thanks for the update!!!

    Jill

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  4. That's awesome news! Now go enjoy the rest of your vacation!

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  5. Oh wow - so, so glad that you got such a good report!

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  6. Awe hi little peanut!! Wonderful news!! So happy for you!

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  7. Such a pretty picture!! So excited about your good report! Enjoy your weekend. :)

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  8. YAY!! I got chills reading that! I just know this is your take home baby at last! I'm soooo happy for you :-D :-D I will keep praying for more good news to come!

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  9. That baby really looks like a peanut!! So cute :D And yay what a good heartbeat!!!!

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  10. Congrats!!! SO happy for you! Look at that beautiful little peanut!

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  11. what a beautiful little baby you've got there!! :-)

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  12. Wonderful news!

    That's a very cute little bean you've got there. :)

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  13. Yay!!! This makes me so happy!!! Your little one is precious!

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  14. I'm so excited for you! Those stats are great, congrats! Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

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  15. Wow - what a wonderful update! So happy for you!

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  16. Fantastic! One more step closer :)

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  17. Fabulous! Hope the rest of your vacation is filled with peace and joy.

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  18. What a cutie!! I'm so happy for you and glad you are having a nice vacation!

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  19. Yay!!!!!! Isn't it the most amazing rush when you see that little ticker? I am thrilled for you.

    P.S. I LOVE SC! I spent some time in Charleston and you are making me miss it!

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  20. Wonderful to see your little baby. So glad it's doing so well! Congrats on a sucessful ultrasound!

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  21. Fantastic news from the coast!!!! :)

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  22. YAY SC! Wish some of that rain would come inland a bit.
    Sounds like you're having a great time though!
    AND YAY for the u/s!!! SO flippin happy for you and your adorable little gummi bear :)

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  23. Great news! Hubs and I are heading to a SC vacation soon too. Please leave some good baby vibes there for us. :)

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  24. Hello Little One! I am so happy for you! Can't wait to hear about the next U/S!

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  25. New reader here - congratulations on such a great heartbeat! It's the most amazing sound in the world!

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  26. Wow I totally missed that you would be in SC! Where in SC did you vacation? I live near Charleston.

    Congratulations your LO and your most recent ultrasound!

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