Second ultrasound went fantastic. Although I have to say, I was hoping for the external kind. I'm just feeling a little too intimate with the doctor's ultrasound wand. I was kind of hoping that at 10 weeks they might try the Doppler, but I figured it was too early. Boo! Having a huge, billy club style, wand shoved up your privates is never a fun time, although seeing Baby M totally made up for the fact that I have now been violated with that damn thing three months straight!
Baby M looks more like an actual baby! A very large, bobble-head-esque baby, but a baby nonetheless. Rob swore he saw a penis, I had to gently correct him, "No honey, that is the umbilical cord." That man has high hopes for our child apparently. When the doctor was showing us the baby, I swore he/she was waving at me. We saw arms, legs and the heartbeat now beating at 167 bpm! I never, ever get tired of hearing and seeing that heartbeat, how amazing is that sound? Seriously! Baby M is even measuring ahead! Whoo hoo! Though SUPER exciting, it is always a little awkward to hold a 10 minute conversation with the person who happens to have a large, lubricated stick in your nether regions! Most importantly though, Baby M looks healthy and happy in there and I am incredibly relived. So relieved, in fact, that I finally gave in and let my mom call every close and distant relative from Oregon to London to tell them. She spent the entire evening on the phone telling people. I'm hoping she didn't actually call her sisters in London, as it was 2:30 in the morning there, but I wouldn't put it past her!
I'm feeling a lot less sick lately. I get about one bad headache a week, which is hard to deal with at work and small bouts of nausea when I wait too long to eat but other than that I feel SO much better. YAY!
So I KNOW these pictures are simply of bloat and not of baby, but I figured I'd post them anyways. Today I am 9 weeks and 6 days, but Baby M is measuring 10 weeks 5 days! I actually feel less bloated and I've only gained 1/2 a pound so far since I found out I was pregnant. I'm sure the lack of weight gain is due to the three weeks of nausea which made me not want to eat anything. Still none of my pre-pregnancy pants even come close to fitting me anyways, so I've got some crazy bloat going on still! Here I am in all my bloated glory:
If I push it out a bit I look a 5 months pregnant already!! HA!
And here is what everyone has been waiting for, the REAL star of this show,
the incredible Baby M! Ta-da:
"Let it go, Let it roll right off your shoulder.
Don't you know
The hardest part is over
Let it in, Let your clarity define you
In the end
We will only just remember how it feels
Our lives are made
In these small hours
These little wonders,
These twists & turns of fate
Time falls away,
But these small hours,
These small hours still remain"
-Rob Thomas "These Small Hours"