Today we had our much anticipated third ultrasound. It went very well, thank the Lord!
Before I give you the details, I want to thank everyone who left comments and sent texts and e-mails to tell us you were thinking of us or praying for us. I always feel so overwhelmed by the love and support we've been receiving, and it means so much to us to get those messages when we are feeling nervous about an appointment. We truly have felt covered by your prayers. Thank you!
The ultrasound today gave us a good look at our growing baby. We were thrilled to see that the baby is measuring normally (21 mm) for 8w5d. Again we saw and heard the heartbeat (179 bpm), which is always comforting. I still think that our doctor is optimistic with the way the pregnancy is progressing. He doesn't seem to have any big concerns so far. We will have another ultrasound in 2 more weeks, on March 4. By then I will be almost 11 weeks. I already consider this baby a miracle, but I know we will be absolutely elated if our next appointment continues to show more progress and if we actually make it to the second trimester.
Today I also got my H1N1 flu shot. The office was out of the regular flu shots, so I'll have to try to track one down around here. I was glad that I've been seeing lots of commercials and reminders about flu shots, and that I remembered to tell the doctor that I hadn't had any. (In fact, I've never had a flu shot in my life before today.) He said I definitely should get them, so I obeyed.
I also began to notice something new over the weekend. It seems that lately every day I wake up and find that my stomach is getting larger and larger. I never remember experiencing that to this extent with any of our previous pregnancies. I certainly did gain weight each time (that I'm still carrying around all these years later), but I've really been seeing changes specifically in my waistline over the past few days. Of course, as I said before, I welcome any sign that our baby is still with us and still growing!
Today we feel as though we've jumped another hurdle. The next one is in our sights, but with each one we become a little bit more hopeful.
Now for an update on the weekend, in case you were wondering. We got my mom and family all moved in! It took working full days from Friday to Tuesday, but almost everything is unpacked and put away. They have been sleeping in the new house since Saturday and they are loving it! It makes my heart so happy to think of my sweet mom settled into her beautiful new home. I love it!