I'm going to rewind a little bit here back to last Wednesday at my appointment. =] The appointment went well, even though I was RIDICULOUSLY nervous! Along with giving me a substantial amount of literature (including an entire BOOK that went through the stages of pregnancy step by step), my ob/gyn performed an internal exam and said that everything felt right on par for about eight weeks, which, based on the date of my last menstrual period, would be about right. I tried to inform her that I knew that I hadn't ovulated until CD21 so she ordered an ultrasound for me so we could see how far along Stick really was!
So we called and scheduled an ultrasound and were able to get that in for last Friday at 3 p.m. If I thought I was nervous for the appointment . . . that wasn't even a shadow of how nervous I was for the ultrasound! All I could think about was how there HAD to be a heartbeat, there just HAD to! I nearly started crying at the beginning because nothing that was showing up on screen in the first couple frames looked anything like there was even a baby in there. Thankfully, that was just me being paranoid and impatient. Indeed there WAS a baby in there, one (just one though!) that even had a little heartbeat of 165 beats per minute! And, even more than that, was measuring at 8w and 2d as opposed to the 7w and 4d that I thought we were at! So, we time warped ahead a little bit and basically skipped an entire week! Instead of just hitting 8 weeks today like I had originally thought, we're almost at NINE weeks now! HOLY BROCCOLI! Which means we've hit a bit of a time warp and fast-forwarded the pregnancy by FIVE WHOLE DAYS!
Also, because you're dying to see him/her, allow me to introduce to you, the beautiful, long-anticipated, little Stick! I've never seen a more beautiful little tadpole in my entire life. =] For the first time in over a month, I'm actually start to a feel a little confident that maybe things will turn out all right in the end for us. =]
Along with today now being 8 weeks 5 days instead of just 8 weeks, that also means I'm going to start taking my belly pics on Wednesdays instead of Mondays. Check back on Wednesday for my nine-week belly pic! It still looks quite a bit the same, but if you could poke my lower belly (not a chance, unless you're my husband), the texture has changed quite a bit and I can actually feel my uterus growing down there! I can't WAIT to sport a little baby belly! =] I'm so excited for that!
Along with Stick's debut, apparently the fabulous Mrs. Morris sent a TWO-part gift! Along with the items that I posted last Monday, we received a SECOND box a few days later with even MORE items in it! HOLY CRAP!
The second box contained a 12-pack of cloth diapers and a package of pacifier keepers! Although, I must admit that we were a little confused by the cloth diapers at first. Our intention all along has NOT been to use cloth diapers so we felt a little awful and ungrateful when we opened them, kind of giving each other that 'What the heck are we supposed to do with these?' stare. I mean, it's certainly NOT that we don't appreciate the gift, we just weren't quite sure what we were going to do with it. Thankfully though, one of us (I don't even remember which), had the sense to look at the packing slip. That was definitely an AHA moment! Mrs. Morris had specifically written in there that cloth diapers were actually the best burp rags that one could find. Now THAT made a lot more sense and made us a feel a lot better about things. THOSE we will USE! Hehe. Again, I cannot even begin to thank you enough Mrs. Morris for your contribution to this newest stage in our lives! Rest assured that I will post pictures of "Stick" and these items for you next summer! Well, minus the burp rags and the diapers . . . unless you really want to see him/her burping or pooping. XD
Another exciting delivery last week! My hubby's step-mom had ordered me maternity clothes for my birthday from J.C. Penney's! They all arrived last week! Of course, I don't really need them yet, but some of my clothes (especially anything that goes across the boob area), is getting a bit more fitted, so I've been wearing them here and there, just for fun, even though I really probably don't need them yet. I must say though, holy cow are maternity jeans COMFORTABLE!
Symptoms haven't changed too much, nausea increased a little bit over the past week or so, along with a three-day headache (ouch!), but it's been pretty well back to normal the past two days or so. The girls are still painfully tender and I could probably win some serious contests with my burping abilities the past week or so (my husband complimented me on my 'hang time' on a burp yesterday -_-).
And that's about all she wrote! =] Check back on Wednesday for the nine-week belly pic! My next prenatal appointment is scheduled for January 12th at 3:30 p.m. and, according to my (new) calculations, we should be at exactly 12 weeks that day! Oh! And just a few other updates from my visit with my ob-gyn, the way she laid out the schedule, we'll be getting one appointment a month until we hit the 24-week mark. At that point, they'll change to every two weeks until week 36, and then they'll be weekly! Also, she pretty much gave me the go-ahead to eat w/e I wanted (minus drugs, alcohol, and shark) as long as it's in moderation! Which I thought was pretty sweet. =] Although she did point out that caffeine dehydrates a body, so for any caffeine that I do choose to indulge in, just be sure to drink the same amount of water to balance it out! I'm beginning to like her more and more. =]