Friday, February 11, 2011

First Prenatal Appointment and Thoughts

I had my first OB appointment yesterday afternoon...things got off to a rocky start, but everything turned out okay.

I was SO nervous for the appointment. I kept imagining how things were last time I went in for a prenatal appointment and there was no heartbeat. What made things worse was that DH found out a couple days ago that he wouldn't be able to come with me after all. He had a meeting with his boss that he couldn't get out of, so I was so nervous that I would have to go through a worse-case scenario by myself.

I had scheduled the first appointment after lunch so that my doctor would hopefully be on time and I could get in and out pretty quickly. When I was going to check in, the receptionist told me that my doctor was delivering a baby, so they would still have me come back and get checked in. Once I was back in the office, the nurse told me that the doctor was actually delivering TWO babies and that I had a couple options: I could either reschedule, or I could wait...but the wait would be at least 60-90 minutes. I told the nurse that I was pretty nervous because of my history, so I would rather just wait and get the appointment over with. About this same time, DH called me and said that his meeting was over, so there was a chance that he might be able to get to my appointment after all.

The staff settled me in one of the exam rooms and I waited for almost two hours. Fortunately, I had brought a book with me, so I was able to keep entertained! :) DH was able to make it to the office, and about 15 minutes later, the doctor arrived. She started doing the u/s, and at first I was kind of nervous because she said "There is definitely something there, but right now it just is shadowing". WTF? After a few adjustments, she said that she could see the heartbeat! We were able to see our baby, and he/she was super active. I think the baby has a new nickname, because it was seriously jumping up and down like crazy. So, for the sake of this blog, I think I will call the baby Jumper. Jumper was measuring at 10w6d, which is perfect according to my dates, but a couple of days behind where the last u/s measured. I am assuming that this is pretty normal, though...there is bound to be a little discrepancy when two different people are measuring and they are using two different pieces of equipment, right?

The rest of the appointment was pretty uneventful. We went over my history and my doctor gave me a big hug before we left. So now, I have the u/s for my integrated screening next Thursday and then my next OB appointment is in 4 weeks.

It is crazy to think that I am at this still seems so surreal. Our parents are getting anxious to be able to tell people, but I just am not ready yet. Maybe after next week's u/s, but I don't know. Part of me is afraid that as soon as we go public, something bad will happen. Part of me hesitates because I am not looking forward to all of the "I knew you would get pg after you adopted" comments. I know that people mean well when they say that, but that is NOT the reason we adopted J. I would not ever change having J in my family, and adoption does not cause pregnancy. I have already had a few unintentionally hurtful comments, and I know that is a very small price to pay for having this baby, but I am still not looking forward to the others that are bound to come my way.


  1. This sounds like an awesome appointment! I'm really happy for you.

    I think you have to expect stupid comments, unfortunately. It's good that you are mentally preparing yourself. Hang in there. :)

  2. Yay for heartbeats! Ugh for LONG waits and UGH for those really annoying pregnancy-after-adoption comments. I am simply amazed at how many people just don't think before speaking!

    I can relate to the surreal feelings you are having. I'm right there with you.

  3. So sorry for the wait, but YAY for heartbeats they are beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Even with the same person measurements will vary. Is the baby moving to much to get a good shot, is it curled up, stretched out.

    YAY!!!!!!!!! I am over the moon excited for you.


  4. Congratulations on the OB appointment!! Great news!!! I didn't share about this pregnancy until I was 12 weeks with my IL's and the rest of the world (aka FB) at 17 or 18 weeks.

  5. Congratulations on your pregnancy and sending many blessings to both J and the little bean.

    Thank you for your kind words of support.

  6. Hooray for another great appointment and getting a peak at your little jumper :-).

  7. TOTALLY normal for there to be a little discrepancy when two different people are measuring! It all sounds good, but I know how hard it all is.