Today Kevin and I went to my 8 week appointment and it could not have gone any better! We got another ultrasound and the baby has grown from 4mm to 21mm in just two weeks! While the doctor couldn't measure the exact heartbeat because it is not audible with a doppler yet, he said that by looking at it he could tell it is between 120 and 150 bpm. This is exactly where it should be and he was very pleased. The best part of today was that, while were were watching the baby's heartbeat, it started to wiggle around! Something about seeing our little baby moving around in there made my heart so happy! The doctor told us that, after seeing such a strong and healthy baby at 8 weeks, the chance of anything going wrong decreases dramatically, to less than 3%. Thank the Lord!
I have been feeling much better the last week. A lot of it has to do with the fact that I found the right prenatal vitamin and started taking it right before bed so I don't feel sick during the day from it. Smells have bothered me more lately, and I got sick for the first time while shredding some chicken yesterday. I also can't stand the smell of fresh paint, which becomes a problem in a brand new house! Other than that, I have just had some stretching pains in my abdomen and a VERY hard time sleeping. Kevin has threatened to sleep in a different room because I am keeping him up with my tossing and turning :(
Our next appointment will be at 11 weeks, three weeks from today. Until then I'm planning on just taking it easy and getting plenty of rest. Kevin has been wonderful with helping around the house, getting me dinner, and being patient. I have just been so exhausted and easily tired out when I try to do anything! I'm grateful for his patience. I have included a couple of pictures for you:
My belly at 8 weeks (most of it is water weight, but with all the stretching pains I've felt lately, I have to believe there's SOME baby to that!):
Our 8 week ultrasound picture (The head is on the right, and if you look closely a little to the left from there you can see a bright little dot - that is the heart beating!):
6 days ago