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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fifth Ultrasound (Waking a Sleeping Baby)

Today we went in for our fifth ultrasound and final appointment (for real this time!) with Dr G. This was my "peace of mind" appointment to hold us over until we see the OB later this month. I still get nervous before we see the baby each time, and we continue to be amazed each time we leave the office with smiles and wiping away happy tears.

Our baby is still growing and doing great! In fact, he or she was almost too large to get a good picture on this particular ultrasound screen. Dr G says that the new OB's office will start doing abdominal ones and we should be able to see better for where we are at this stage. When he first located the baby on the screen today, we immediately saw the heartbeat but the baby wasn't moving around. We were a little disappointed after all of the movement we got to see two weeks ago. The doc did all of his measurements and then said he would try to "stir things up." He pressed down on my stomach and the baby bounced but was still asleep. After the doctor pressed my stomach a second time the baby woke up and moved around quite a bit. I told Dr G that he had made the baby mad, and he said, "That's what happens when you poke a sleeping baby!" It was so cute, but it really looked like he or she was not happy to be bothered during a nap! (Chuck says the baby must be a late sleeper like me, but I say it must be a deep sleeper like him!) :)

I have uploaded the new ultrasound pic from today, at 12 weeks 5 days. Baby's heart rate was 170 bpm. Remember, today's image is not very clear. That was because it's getting too big for Dr G's machine, and also because this time the picture is a view of the baby's front rather than the profile like last time. You won't be able to see as much detail, but I wanted to add it anyway for those who would like to see. Also, I will add the two video clips that Chuck was able to take with my digital camera! On the first one, you'll hear baby's heartbeat while the doctor measures it. The second video is where the doc wakes the baby up and you'll see it moving around. I hope you enjoy seeing the videos. I think I may watch them a few times a day for the next couple of weeks!

You can find the new (and older) images at this link or at the link in the sidebar: Ultrasound Pics

This week my husband's siblings are both on spring break from their jobs as teachers. His brother and his wife and our 11-month-old nephew spent the day with us yesterday from out of state, and his sister came from Houston and stayed the night with us. She was able to accompany us to today's appointment and really enjoyed being able to experience her first ultrasound! It has been a nice week here and it was great to have plenty to do as our appointment day approached.

We are still overwhelmed and touched by the prayers of our family and friends as we go through these weeks and months of waiting. Today we walked over to share the news with our neighbor, with whom I had just (tearfully) shared our story around Christmas of last year. She was so happy and said she couldn't wait to tell her church family as they had been praying for us these past few months. We are just as grateful for the prayers of people we don't even know! They (and you!) have all been carrying us through and we are so, so thankful.

Next appointment: March 29!

40 comments:

Sharon said...

Yeah! So, so very excited!
SSP

Life In Mazes said...

Awesome news! God is so good! Every time I read your updates, I get filled with so much hope! Thanks for sharing this journey with us!!!

twondra said...

Thanks for updating girl!!! I've been waiting!! You've been in my thoughts and prayers all day! Soooooo glad things went well! I love hearing how happy you are and how good things are. It brings tears to my eyes!

Love you!! (((HUGS)))

Adam and Julia said...

I absolutely loved the ultrasound video where you woke yuour baby. It made me smile. Happy thoughts sent your way!

Andi said...

For some reason, I actually got goosebumps reading this post! I love that little Blogger already has a personality of her (oh, okay, or "his") own!

(r)evolving(r)evolution said...

YAY! Was thinking about you all day! Still praying :)

~Anona~ said...

So excited for you both and baby!! Love the video clips...and seeing baby move. I'll keep praying.

~Anona~

Becky said...

YAY!!! I was thinking of you guys and praying for you today. So excited to see the update. The video where he wakes up baby is amazing. I think I would be watching it a few times a day too!

Connie said...

:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

Can these updates get any better??? Love each and every one. Can't wait for the next one...two more weeks?

Amy said...

And, OH MY GOODNESS at the bouncing baby video! I am in awe just trying to put myself in your head watching that!! Amazing!

Michelle said...

YAY I am so excited for you! Your story gives me hope for my future. So keep the good news coming.

Jana Kay said...

Sweet baby!!! Let the little sweet pea sleep! I really loved the videos... how smart of you guys to do that. Love ya! (he he he... I commented :) )

Ask or Imagine said...

I'm so glad! I get so excited about these ultrasound updates, such happy news!

sah said...

Oh what a joy to see your active little one. Thanks so much for sharing your joy! Prayers continue!

A said...

I love the u/s gallery!! And congrats on that great heartbeat! Have been praying for you!!

Jo said...

Stacey, I am so so happy to hear about your ultrasound. Your story about waking a sleeping baby made me laugh. I remember when I was in hospital before having Xavier (I was hospitalised for a couple weeks prior to having him for high blood pressure) and they had to do foetal monitors on him twice a day. We couldn't get him to move in a desirable position to be monitored properly so the midwives put ice packs on my tummy. Well he leaped so fast and suddenly right into the position he was supposed to be in it was so funny. To this day it is a really nice memory I have of him being in my belly.

Andrea said...

Yay!!

We had to wake Evan up for our "big ultrasound." The u/s tech said, "I'm going to aggravate your baby!" We would say that every time we'd poke my belly later in pregnancy to get a reaction out of him. :-)

Kate said...

I am without words to properly express how thrilled I am for you. Congratulations! Still praying...

Jenn said...

This is so very exciting! Doesn't it amaze you to know how much this baby is absolutely covered in prayer! Wow-Awesome!

~ Katie ~ said...

*grinning ear to ear*

So glad you were able to get this peace of mind US done before you see the OB.

Exciting times ahead

Andrea said...

Doesn't it feel GOOD to just feel GOOD and feel JOY!

I am soooo happy for you and wish you continued success as your little wee one grows :)

Enjoy every minute...I know you are!

xoxo

Sunny said...

So awesome, Stace!!!! I love that you put up the link so we can see pics. :) YAY!!!!!!!

Chuck said...

It's really starting to feel real to me. I'm making out a project schedule at work right now and I'm thinking "I won't be in the office around the end of September, so how will this affect the schedule?"

Jennifer said...

Wooohoo!! That's exciting news. Glad everything is looking good. ((HUGS))

Bethany said...

I so happy I do the dance of joy!!!!!!! :) (I got this from Perfect Strangers-the t.v show). I am so unbelievably happy for the both of you. God is so good. I will keep praying!!!!!

Alicia said...

Stacey words can't express my joy and excitment for you guys! This is such great new! Thanks for keep us all posted on your baby :)

Connie said...

Had to stop by and watch it again...and again...and again...and again....

Renovation Girl said...

Wonderful post! So glad that the baby is thriving, but geez, no more poking. He/She has a lot of growing to do! ;)

Kate said...

Randomly popped over - that videos with the movement was incredible! Can't believe how clearly you can see little arms and legs going nuts in there!

Journeymark Cards & Gifts said...

Such a beautiful post!!!! Love ya!

Amy @ Experience Imagination said...

Hooray for a wiggly baby! :)

Charisa said...

WOOOHOOO!!!!! Wonderful news! We are so happy for you!

Abby said...

Praise Him, praise Him!!!
Such great news Stacey!

Jo said...

I have just this minute realised that I never said thankyou for your lovely post on my blog. So I'm sorry this is belated but I am leaving another comment here to say THANKYOU and it really meant a lot to me. One of the great things about the internet is we get to meet so many people that we may have otherwise never had the pleasure of knowing. I certainly look forward to continuing to get to know you :) Thanks again

Katie said...

How wonderful!

iamstacey said...

It's so exciting, so real! You've graduated to your OB! I can't wait to watch the videos!

Vanessa said...

Great news, I'm glad that everything went well!! I found your blog through another blog btw :)

Birdie said...

Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog. It's so good for my heart to hear from friends who understand. Thank you!!!
I'm so excited to read your next update!!

Michelle said...

What awesome news!!! SOOOO excited!!! :) LOVE YOU!!!
xoxoxo
~Michelle