Our first few doctor's appointments have been great so far. We are happy to be seeing Dr. Holland at Physicians for Women of Greensboro. He's a mild-mannered, soft spoken doctor who doesn't rush up through appointments, but doesn't fill us with unnecessary information or discussions either. He's great to thoroughly answer any questions we've had and explain what's happening at each stage.
At our 11 week appointment we anticipated being able to hear the heartbeat for the first time. They traditionally use a Doppler device on the outside of the belly. However, after some uncomfortable pushing and poking, Dr. Holland could not find the heartbeat. Teresa felt a little uneasy about that at first, but we were quickly reassured when Dr. Holland suggested we do an ultrasound to make sure everything looked OK. After waiting over an hour (no wonder they schedule ultrasounds separately!), we went in for the ultrasound and were able to hear that marvelous sound for ourselves. For those of you who have never heard a baby's heartbeat like this, it sounds sort of like rushing water with a constant wave pulsing through it. The heart beat registered at 169 beats/minute. If you're one of those people who trust in old wives tales, you might think this high heartbeat indicates that the sex is a girl. But, only God knows! We also walked away with the first photo of our little one. It was a perfect profile view. We intend to post the photo up soon, so be sure to check back for that and subsequent u/s photos.
All other appointments have shown mother and baby to be in great health. Teresa is pleased to have not yet gained any weight. Since she started out on the, well, lovable squishy side, the hope of both doctor and mommy is to keep weight gain to a minimum. To help this goal, Teresa has enrolled in a water aerobics class at our local YMCA twice a week. Our only slight concern is that Teresa's blood pressure has been elevated somewhat over the past few appointments. At the latest appointment, we asked Dr. Holland about this and he is not yet concerned. Supposedly, this can happen to moms during the first half of the pregnancy then level off until the end. We'll keep an eye on it and pray that hers does just that.
Our next appointment is Monday, May 5 during which we will have our next ultrasound and hopefully discover if we're having a bouncing baby boy or giggly baby girl. If you want to know the truth, both momma and daddy to be have a strong feeling that the little critter is a girl - and have felt that way from the very beginning. However, you know how those things go. We'll be thankful and ecstatic to simply have a healthy baby. We hope to announce the big news soon, so check back often! More to come...