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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Fourth Ultrasound

The word I keep using to describe today's ultrasound is "amazing."

I think today it finally became a reality to me that this may actually happen.

Something about being farther than we've ever been in a pregnancy before,
something about seeing our baby so full of life and moving around inside,
something about the look of wonder on my sweet husband's face, and
something about our specialist releasing us to see a regular OB made it all begin to sink in.

Today we had to wait a long time to see the doctor. Well, it felt like a long time. It probably took about 45 minutes total between the time we got there and the time he walked into the exam room. The longer it took, though, the more nervous I became. Chuck and I didn't have a whole lot to say as we waited. He gave me reassuring smiles and told me how sure he felt that it was going to be okay. As soon as the exam began, I could see that the baby had grown significantly. When things came into focus and we saw the baby moving its little arms around, I finally let out the deep breath I'd been holding in. And some tears, too, of course.

Seeing that baby move was like a balm for my heart -- a heart that's been hurt so many times before in rooms just like that one.

All of your encouraging e-mails, texts, and comments mean so much to us on appointment days. I absolutely cannot wait for the opportunity to tell this little one how much he or she has been prayed for and hoped for. I hope that those of you who are still waiting truly know how much we pray and hope for you as well. You are in our minds and on our hearts so very often.

My goal for the next couple of days is to find a good OB in the area where we live. I have my regular OB/GYN from before, but I've decided to switch and I've been asking friends for recommendations. Dr G wants me to schedule the appointment for 2 weeks from now. Yes, I'm feeling sad that our time with Dr G is up, but I keep reminding myself that this is what we hoped would happen. This is the point we hoped to reach. And I know that he wouldn't turn us loose unless he felt good about how the pregnancy looks. That in itself makes me feel better.

Finally, I have decided to make our ultrasound pics available for those who wish to see them. You can click on the link below, and I'll put another one in the sidebar so it will always be there. Please understand that I totally get it that not everyone will want to see these images. That is absolutely fine. That's why I don't want to put them on the blog, but they will be just a click away for anyone who would like to have a look.

Pregnancy #7 Ultrasound Pictures


Thanks for the many ways that you support us and show us that you care! We are feeling more and more hopeful, and we are giving God all the glory.

Here are our current stats: Baby is measuring at about 41 mm, with a heart rate of 179 bpm. In just a couple of days I'll be 11 weeks along.

43 comments:

Rebecca said...

Your baby is looking perfect. Little tears in my eyes (from joy), I can only imagine how good your joy must feel.

Patti said...

Oh my gosh, I'm 2nd because I have been refreshing your blog all day. I have been lurking for some months, and I am just so happy for you! I don't think I've ever been so happy for a complete stranger :) I've been praying for this to be a good day for you, and I was so thrilled to read the word "amazing"! Congrats! Awesome! Keep up the good work, Mama!!!

Andi said...

YAY!!!

Becky said...

I am so happy to hear this news! I even checked my blog today at work to see if you had posted, which I NEVER do. As I was checking again, my heart was beating and I was just praying please God let it be good news. And it is! This is absolutely the best news. Beautiful ultrasound picture! I am glad you decided to share it with us. Keeping you all in prayer.

Life In Mazes said...

this update and amazing pictures made my heart swell with joy!!!! I am so thrilled!!! Love you guys and lifting all three of yall in prayer! I showed my husband your picture of your precious baby!!!

Emily said...

I, too, have been refreshing your blog all day, and was so thrilled when I saw the word "amazing" in the opening sentence of your post. And thanks for sharing the ultrasound pictures - such a perfect, tiny little baby. :)

millerhomestead said...

Ahhhh!!!! Happy dance!

sah said...

The word "beautiful" just keeps coming to my mind! J.R. and I loved seeing your blessing! Prayers continue!

Bethany said...

THere are absolutley no words to express how happy I am for the both of you. I have been thinking about you guys all day. I am so glad that everything still looks great!!!!! I love th pictures too!! I will continue praying Stacey!!
Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog and allowing me to follow your journey!

Katie said...

Oh, praise Jesus!

I am so excited and happy for you and your family!!! I remember the day that I believed in Will and it was amazing. Good for you.

Hugs and lots of prayers that everything continues to go well.

Lauren said...

weeping with joy for you! :)

Anna C said...

I am so excited for you all Stacey! Thanks for posting the pictures. I love them!! It'll be fun to watch your baby grow and grow!

Amy @ Experience Imagination said...

:)

Sending hugs and wiping away happy tears.

Praying for you guys and rooting for you all from the sidelines!

Ella said...

What a beautiful, perfect little baby! Congratulations on a wonderful ultrasound, I am so happy for you!!

Sharon said...

I'm so excited for you Stacey, so wonderful that all is progressing well!

DeniFay said...

Yeaaaa Stacey! Good to hear good news today! So happy! I like how you did the pictures! What a considerate sweet person you are! To God be the glory always!

gg said...

so excited that you guys are continuing to have good news. it's so encouraging to see god answer prayer. i've got that cheesy song we would sing at church stuck in my head "i've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.....down in my heart to stay". :) thanks for the new pic. too. it's going to replace the previous one on my fridg. :) love ya!

jami said...

Your baby is beautiful! Enjoy every moment. :)

Journeymark Cards & Gifts said...

This is AMAZING!!!! Praising God with you and hope this weekend is full of love and joy!!! We will pray for the right OB.

We are happy to be celebrating with you, friend. Enjoy this sweet, sweet gift!!!!!

Jenn said...

I was literally one big goose bump reading your post! Cannot even begin to tell you the excitement I feel for you and Chuck! As you know, I have printed this out and have it hanging at my desk as a reminder for constant prayers!! Praise the Lord because he is good and he is faithful!

andreajennine said...

Oh yay, oh yay, oh yay! Look at that precious little head and limbs! Thank you, Lord!

Alicia said...

Praise God!!!! This is the best news!!!! You guys will be amazing parents :)

Melody said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! Praising God with you. I cried through this post because I am just truly so happy for you guys.

Birdie said...

I'm SOOOO happy for you!!!!!!!

Birdie said...

I also want to say thank you for your recent encouraging comments on my blog. I really appreciate it! I hope that someday soon I will also have a precious baby on the way and be able to share my good reports with you as well. Until then, I'm so thankful to our faithful God for all He has done! I'm rejoicing with you in your good report!

Ro-bear said...

Awesome! Praise God! Loved the pics.

Aubrey said...

Hurray!!! Cngratulations! I love the US pics. AFter my infertility, m/c, and then successful IUI, I did lots of ultrasounds - I'm a family practice doctor who does OB care so I just was doing them on myself. It was very fun to see the baby grow! With each ultrasound I just felt better and better. And now I'm at 37.5 weeks! I was just talking with another friend of mine who has struggled with infertility who just had an IUI - and she just had her first positive pregnancy test. So seeing these pictures makes me happy for all the good news that is abounding! Your baby is beautiful.

twondra said...

Oh my goodness Stacey! I seriously have tears in my eyes and tears of joy!! I seriously can't think of ANYONE who I am pulling more for!! I'm so excited when you have good news on your ultrasounds! It's like it's my baby! Seriously! I just want this for you so bad and I'm constantly praying for you!!

And you're so thoughtful of other people's feelings. You're so sweet.

Love the pictures!! Thanks for sharing! Love you!!

Michelle said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you. It i real! It is! It is going to happen. That is so exciting!

And so it goes said...

The most beautiful thing I have read in a long time. I think I realized I have been holding my breath (probably right along with you), waiting for this u/s. I did indeed click over to see the pics and it was the most beautiful, really, the most beautiful 11 wk u/s I have ever seen.
I've shared your story with my husband, and while blogland really isn't his thing- he keeps asking about you. Wondering how things are going. last night I showed him the u/s pic, and he teared up (along with me).
Hope you are feeling surrounded by love and prayers for peace from every corner of blogland.

Andrea said...

Yep, that is what LOVE looks like! So happy that you are progressing so well :) Makes my heart happy!

Good luck selecting the perfect OB for this wee one.

I truly understand those tears during your scan...its an amazing miracle! You stayed the course and you BELIEVED and never lost FAITH.

YOU give me HOPE :)

Prayers & Love

Rachel said...

Hi Stacey! I have been following your blog through Tammy. I think you live near me. I love my OB. I don't know how far you live---but if it is anywhere close to Bay Area and you are still looking let me know. My OB was with me through my losses and is a wonderful doctor and I trust her with mine and my baby's life. I am happy to see your ultrasound was good. We are a week apart!

Pregnant Yuppy said...

I nearly forgot - I nominated you for an award on my blog.

http://thepregnantyuppy.blogspot.com/2010/03/happy-101.html

Kathryn said...

Oh, Stacey, how exciting to see your little one grow! I'm praying, so hope that this brings the joy you have been waiting for so long. :)

Anonymous said...

I have been following your story through one of my other friend's blogs...I am so happy and continually prayerful for you and your little family. If you live near Beaumont, Texas I reccommend Dr. Ruben Victores highly.

Kate said...

I have no words for the joy I am feeling for you. Congratulations! WOW! Sending prayers of thanksgiving and continued wellness your direction!

Hope in Virginia said...

It's such a miracle how much they look like actual babies even so early on. Picture #4 especially. I like the "balm for your heart" analogy :)

Abby said...

I was so happy to see this post Stacey and I must say, those pictures make me so happy! Praise the Lord for this miracle!!!

Andrea said...

*HUG* I teared up reading your post and seeing your beautiful little baby. :-) I'll email you more later!

Connie said...

I just know she's going to be a little "Connie". Hee, Hee! Good luck with that one Chuck! :) Love you guys so much. What amazing blog friends you have. They are all so supportive and kind. Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! :)

Nity said...

I am SO excited. I am singing praises and am weeping for joy. I cannot tell you how excited I am for you both. Still praying for you all.
xoxo

Charisa said...

WONDERFUL NEWS! Love the pic <3.

beth ewing said...

there is just no way for me to express how happy your pregnancy makes me. what a blessing! glad all is well and that cutie is growing.