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Thank you so much for following along with our story. It has been the hugest blessing for us to be able to share it with you.
(Michael’s thoughts will be in italics.)
Our Baby Story – Part 4: From News to Now
When we last left off, we’d just received the most wonderful news of our lives: We were going to be parents!
My doctor ordered bloodwork for that day (Thursday) and for Monday, and the results came back great. So we set up an appointment for an ultrasound and check-up with our fertility doctor for a few weeks later.
(By the way, I’m going to put the weekly belly pictures at the end, so you can see the comparison.)
While we didn’t talk about it much before the appointment, I was a little bit nervous that everything wouldn’t be ok. We’d been praying SO much for the health and protection and growth of our baby, but I knew that there was a chance something could happen. After we checked in, it was time for our very first ultrasound with a baby. I’d had so many over the past 8 months that they were second nature to me, but this was the first time we were looking for our baby!
He called Michael over, and began the scan. He told us that the black area showed a pregnancy, and that the little circle at the right of the shot was our baby.
You can see the little measuring dots on the top and bottom of our baby. The thing to the left of the baby is the yolk sac, which he said would go away a few weeks from our ultrasound.
If you’re like me and you have a hard time seeing these things… more specifically, if you look at the small white ball all the way to the right of the big black blob, that’s our baby! Still very tiny at this stage!
I can’t even describe the feeling of being able to see our baby! Even though it didn’t look like a baby yet, we knew that it was growing, and that it would look like a baby before long. He told us that the baby’s size was perfect (only 4mm long!), and that our due date of July 12 was correct.
The best thing, though, was getting to hear the heartbeat and see the baby’s little heart fluttering on the screen! It looked like a little flicker in the circle, but it was very obviously a heartbeat. It sounded like a fast little washing machine. It was the most beautiful sound! I started crying. I was just so overwhelmed with thankfulness for this little child growing inside of me.
Thankfully, I didn’t start to cry. I think it was because he was a male doctor. But it was so so so SO exciting to see our little baby was inside of Staci. And it was so incredible to see its little heart just fluttering away! It was really reassuring to think that our baby was doing so well even at this very early stage. I think God gave us the blessing of hearing/seeing the baby’s heart beat because we were both so so nervous that everything would be ok.
Here, you can see the heartbeat. The doctor said it was very healthy!
(Sorry for the picture quality, by the way. I snapped a picture of the pictures with my phone as we were in the car. We haven’t had a chance to scan them yet.)
After our ultrasound, it was time to meet with the doctor in his office. We talked about pregnancy in general, my pregnancy, and any questions we had. He said that since the baby’s heart was so healthy and he or she was the right size and everything, he’d release me to go to my OB-Gyn in Beaumont.
It’s so hard to put into words just how we felt. It was a good type of overwhelming. We were just blown away by God’s faithfulness and the fact that we were really and truly pregnant! And hearing the baby’s heartbeat made it that much more real. That is our child growing inside of me!
Also, one of the ironic things about our fertility doctor’s office is that it’s located right next to a very large OB-Gyn office. So every time we came for an appointment we would always see tons and tons of very pregnant women, and to be honest it was hard to see them and just hope that we would be there someday. So it was exciting to walk out of the office knowing that we had a baby on the way!
Over the past month and a half, we’ve had so much fun telling our family, friends, and our youth. It’s been wonderful to know that we’re so loved, and that our baby is already so loved.
Yeah our baby already has tons of love and attention! Our baby better not be a shy one, because everyone is going to want to play with it.
Last Monday, we met with a lady in my doctor’s office for my prenatal interview. She basically asked all of the preliminary questions (family health, lifestyle, etc.) and asked if I had any questions for her. She also gave us an awesome goody bag with all sorts of freebies and mail-ins for more freebies (oh–and the important papers too). We also met with the financial planner and she told us just how much our baby would cost us–well, the doctor’s portion at least. It was actually less than we expected, and we found out that our insurance is fantastic, which is a huge blessing!
On Tuesday of this week, we had our first appointment with my actual OB-Gyn. She is so hard to become established as a patient with. She only accepts you if you’re already pregnant; and then she only takes a certain number per delivery month. But since we found out I was pregnant so early, I was able to get a spot. She is fantastic! We both loved her. We were a little bummed out that we weren’t going to get an ultrasound, but we’d already had the one to confirm the due date and see the heart beating (with my fertility doctor). So we’ll just have to wait until next time.
After my exam, it was time to listen to the baby’s heartbeat. She warned us that at this point in my pregnancy it might still be hard to hear the baby’s heartbeat with the doppler. But if that was the case, we’d just get an ultrasound to hear it. As soon as she touched the doppler to my stomach, we heard our little baby’s heart! It was beating so clearly and strong. Our doctor started smiling and said, “or it could be as easy as that!” She told us that the heartbeat is perfect, and everything sounds great. We’re so proud of our little baby! At one point, she moved the doppler and we could hear my heartbeat and the baby’s heartbeat at the same time. It was so crazy. Our baby’s is so fast, and it sounds like a little washing machine; while mine is so slow and just sounds like thumps. I’ll never cease to be amazed at this life growing inside of me.
Week by week picture time!
Week 5 (the morning we found out)
We literally have no clue where that thing came from. It was nothing one day, and a week later, I was pooching out big time. And I shouldn’t have been showing at all yet. I hadn’t gained even one pound…I think my body was just so excited that it had a baby inside. But thankfully it hasn’t changed much since then.
My belly looks bigger here than it actually is. The whole holding under the belly thing is probably the best pregnancy trick.
We haven’t taken a picture this week yet.
Now, for pregnancy symptoms:
Fatigue: Since about the 6th week, I’ve felt like I’ve been hit by a train most days. I’m so stinking tired! I never knew that growing a baby would be so exhausting. But I hear I should be getting some energy back in the next few weeks to a month. There have been days where I’ve taken a 2.5 hour nap and still been tired. A few weeks ago, Michael read that a brisk walk could help my fatigue, and it’s a lot shorter than a nap. He convinced me to give it a try, and it worked! So we’ve been taking 20-30 minute walks around our neighborhood quite a bit.
It’s good to get a little exercise too. And it’s fun walking around the neighborhood right now and looking at everyone’s Christmas decorations.
Nausea: Even though I’d been a little queasy here and there, my nausea didn’t really hit me until the day before Thanksgiving. I was literally sent running from my Meme’s house at the smell of the dressing cooking. It was the worst Thanksgiving I’ve had as far as food goes. All of my favorite foods were there, but I couldn’t eat much of anything. But what was lost in food was made up for in family time! The day after Thanksgiving was the first time I threw up. Since then, I get sick about 1/3 to 1/2 of the time, and feel nauseous most of the time. But I hear this should let up pretty soon as well. I’m just glad that I haven’t been as sick as some of the people I know!
I guess this is to help me get used to the idea of throw up too… baby throw up… yay…
Food Aversions: The strangest things make me sick to even think about. I’ve wanted practically nothing to do with bread. For those of you who know me well, this is completely crazy. Michael’s s’mores PopTarts also make me want to be sick. The thought of most meats and veggies also turn my stomach. But then there are times that I can eat tons of meat and not have a problem with it. It’s just been so strange.
I don’t know why you hate my food
Food Cravings: The first thing I craved was tomato basil soup from LeMadeline. I have never, ever liked tomato basil soup, but I ate it like it was going out of style. At first (before the nausea really kicked in) I was craving lots of veggies and eggs. But now that’s sloped off some. I go through milk, saltine crackers, cheddar cheese, apples (fruit of any kind, really), and pickles (only Claussen dill) like I never thought possible. I also have been really into fresh strawberries with ice cream for a bedtime snack. Now that my nausea is not so great and I’m losing a little weight, I know that it’s important to eat whatever I can handle. But I’m sure there will be a time that I can no longer eat ice cream every day and get away with it!
Emotions: I’ve cried more over these last few weeks than I did all the rest of the year. Michael has been so wonderful and understanding. He just hugs me and lets me cry. And when I started bawling while we watching Dumbo (where his mom is locked away and she holds him in her trunk, while “Baby Mine” plays) and every time it showed a part of the song in the extra features, he just held my hand and told me I was sweet. But I’m sure he was thinking “this woman is crazy.” I’ve also been working on our Disney World vacation for next December with Michael’s family, and I get choked up all the time while I’m making plans. For the most part, I haven’t had mood swings, per se. It’s just been that I’m a lot more emotional and teary than usual.
Thanks so much for reading along! We absolutely LOVE being able to share our story with all of you.
And there will be more to come as the baby continues to grow inside of Staci. Thank you for your love and support!!!
–Michael and Staci