Friday, October 22, 2010 | By: Josh W

The big ultrasound!

Today was our "big" ultrasound. It's the one where they look for any potential defects, and we also have the opportunity to learn the baby's gender. We got a clean bill of health, and opted to remain surprised about the baby's gender (although the answer is sealed in an envelope in our house if our curiosity gets the best of us).

For now, enjoy some video of our cute kid!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | By: Josh W

September Checkup and Heartbeat

We had our September checkup today. Due to a scheduling conflict, we had our first (and maybe only) appointment with the P.A. Jill, instead of the OB. We liked Jill well enough and she quickly eliminated our concerns that she might not be familiar enough with our situation.

So far, Dana seems to be losing weight, but the experts don't seem to be surprised by that. Dana has also been experiencing some back pain, but it looks like she's carrying more towards her spine, so no surprises there either. Finally, Jill busted out the Dopler and we heard the baby's heartbeat.

Heartbeat 2010.09.15

You can hear Jill and Dana commenting about the rate and rhythm. 160 bpm! That's my kid!
Monday, August 23, 2010 | By: Josh W

2nd Ultrasound

In the beginning, we were spoiled. We had an appointment with the OB (scheduled well in advance for other reasons) the morning after we found out we were pregnant. Dana had a series of blood tests every two days which we could use to track hormone - and presumably, baby's - growth. Then we had the first ultrasound and the subsequent reports from that.

Then a month of silence.

So the other day, we were at the OB for our week 10 checkup. We're a little paranoid after our loss two years ago, and the sudden lack of updates was making us nervous. Our OB was sympathetic and busted out the Doppler to try to hear the heartbeat. Nothing could be heard, but no surprise since Doppler machines usually aren't effective until week 12. She then wheeled in her ultrasound machine. We were able to see a tiny flicker of a heartbeat, and were relieved at last. To put us further at ease, we got another referral to the local ultrasound specialists to get a more detailed look.

Here's a look at the second set of images from our ultrasound. You can even see a face in a couple of the the pictures!

By the way, the ultrasound tech now predicts a due date of March 6, which tells me baby is growing like a champ!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | By: Josh W

Ultrasound and Heartbeat!

We just got back from our first ultrasound! Here's a couple of pictures of our little blob and the sound of the heartbeat!

Heartbeat 2010.07.23

At our first OB appointment, we were given a due date of March 12. The ultrasound tech predicted a due date of March 10 based on the baby's size.