yesterday afternoon we had our first ultrasound. it was WONDERFUL! first of all, i cannot say enough about how great dr. meadows is. she's incredibly easy to get along with, has both a calming and fun presence, is intelligent, and i mean you'd really think i want to marry this woman, i like her so much! haha. the rest of the staff at the cedar park women's center were also friendly and enjoyable. i feel very comfortable knowing this woman will deliver our baby and am looking forward to the next 7 months of visits.
* i came back to this post on may 15, 2011 and revised this post to use a new format specifically for ultrasound stats. :-) *
here is a bit of information about baby enginerd.
date of ultrasound: march 1, 2011
gestational age: 7 weeks, 2 days
crown to rump measurement: 0.99cm
gestational age based on measurement: although i was 7 weeks 2 days yesterday (based on LMP instead of ovulation), the baby was measuring at 7 weeks 1 days. anything within a week is considered on track, so i feel good about the measurement!
due date: the doc says october 16th. i've been considering our due date october 17th based on ovulation. i told my doctor that i knew when i had ovulated and such, but they're basing my due date on the LMP, so for all intents and purposes, we're now calling the due date october 16th.
heart rate: 148 bpm. i looked up what kind of heart rates are good for tadpoles our baby's age and 148 is actually quite strong! it sounds like most doctors say anything from 100-150 is good, and since we're on the high end of that i'm going to call it great haha. let's hope that little heart keeps up the good work.
gender: too early to tell
who was there: hubby and myself. i am really glad he came along for this first ultrasound. the moment you could see the baby on the screen his eyes widened. obviously our eyes are not trained for ultrasounds, but we could both see the little blob and knew what it had to be. the doctor told us there was only one in there (PHEW! because seriously, i couldn't handle twins my first go-round!) and then showed us the heartbeat. we could see the movement of the little heart and we just looked at each other and smiled. then she turned on the sound so we could hear it. it was like a galloping horse in there! again we just kept looking at each other and the screen and smiling. i could tell he felt a huge sense of relief after seeing that everything was good at this appointment. i think we're both going to continue to be guarded for the next few weeks, until we're past the 12 week mark, but for now we know everything is good so far and we're grateful for that.
movement: i think we have more of a jellybean than a baby going on, so no movement, lol.
highlight of the ultrasound: seeing our baby for the first time! and the heartbeat was pretty surreal too.
now the moment you've been waiting for... introducing our wee little baby!