Monday, November 5, 2007

1st Doctor Appointment

Well this morning was our first doctor appointment being pregnant. I wasn't really sure what to expect, and I was super nervous - but really excited at the same time. I've especially been anxious to see the picture up on an ultrasound screen to provide proof that there really is something down there inside my belly and I'm not just feeling sick all of the time for nothing. But I was nervous too - because you just never know. I mean, my greatest fear was they were going to do an ultrasound and my uterus would be completely empty.

So anyway, here is our baby's first photo:

It's a healthy 9 week +/- 1 to 3 day old fetus. I know, I know....I always used to look at these pictures and think "What in the world am I looking at? I don't get it." So I will explain.

The big dark bean shape is my uterus (aka baby's home for the next several months). The little substance in the lower left side is the baby. If you can make out the large oval-shaped mass on its left side, that is actually the head. The total size of the baby is about 2 and 1/2 cm long.

It was pretty cool - Will and I got to see its heartbeat super fast, and its arms and legs were even moving around.

Then afterwards, they gave us a bunch of pamphlets on pregnancy, some sample prenatal vitamins, a perscription to help me with my nausea/digestion issues, and then I had what felt like 10 quarts of blood drawn. Ok not 10 quarts, but like 8 of those little tubes. I thought I was gunna die. I don't do well with needles. Blah.

Oh yeah, and our official due date is June 8, 2008. And no, there was only just one baby in there, not two. ;)

And since I'm completely new this all of this, for anyone else who was just as curious as I was - I guess you just have to see the doctor once a month up until you're 30 weeks, and then it's once every 2 weeks and then the last month or so it's once a week. I also learned that you're not supposed to eat cold meats (dangitt!), soft cheeses (dangitt again!), large fish (mercury) (eh, that's okay with me).

As for me, I haven't thrown up for several weeks but I do get nauseated pretty easily. I am hungry all of the time - probably because I can only eat a little bit at a time (again, nausea) and so I'm hungry again like 30 min later. My belly is slightly larger than normal, as Will pointed out to me yesterday "I saw your little baby belly for the first time in your church dress! It was cute!". It's weird because I can't suck it in. I don't think any stranger would think I was pregnant though, just fat. (Sigh). I did go and buy a pair of pregnancy pants because the waist is elastic and it feels a lot better than the button on my jeans cutting into me. My digestive system is completely out of whack (don't even get me started on that subject), but I'm hoping this perscription I got today will help. I cried myself to sleep the other night because of how bad my stomach was hurting.

Let's see what else - oh yeah, I sleep like 10 - 12 hours a day. And naps are usually needed. Holy cow and I am NOT a nap taker! I think it's such a waste of time, but nope not anymore. I feel like I can barely keep my eyes open at around 4pm everyday.

As for Will - he's doing good. I'm really grateful for his help and patience with me. I know I'm constantly not feeling good and vocalizing it to him - lol - so again, I'm grateful for his patience. He's doing better at not wearing smelly colognes, and taking care of his stinky tupperwares that had his lunch in it. He's been having fun playing church basketball lately, and going for runs on his lunchbreak.

Well - that's the update for me (us)!


Roemhildt Family Fun said...

Wow their is actually a baby in your stomach. That is so cool. It sounds like you guys are doing well and that make us happy. Keep us updated with all the new exciting pregnant things and other things. Oh before i forget James was wondering, when we come to visit can we go Kayaking with you guys?

NelsonFam said...

What a relief to have that first visit go so well. That is cool that you actually got a picture of the ultrasound too. The good news is you only have 3 more weeks until hopefully the end of all the naps, nausea, and sicknesss. :)

Andy and Brandie said...

Your baby is so cute and having had so many ultrasounds with the kids I am used to what they say and look like. That is good that you got something for your nausea so you should be feeling better soon. It will be get better and when you feel the baby move for the first time your heart will skip a beat and time will stand still and you wondering is that normal. Love you guys

Double O said...

I am so excited for you guys. And the fact that you haven't puked in a couple of weeks is great! Just think, in 3 or so weeks you will be in your second tri and then hopefully you wont be puky at all. Hopefully.

Kate said...

How exciting! Congratulations on a good first Dr.'s appt! Good luck in the weeks to come, and hopefully you'll be feeling much better! :)

Brian & Veronica said...

Hey Jenni,
Glad you had your first appointment! So fun to see the ultrasound huh. I loved that the most. they didn't do that for my first 2 babies, so it's great to have it now. And I'm glad you're not throwing up anymore. Hope the nausea ends soon, for you and for me! Good news to hear, thanks for sharing.