Saturday, October 1, 2011

Doppler appointment take one

9/29/11- 9 weeks 1 day
Yesterday's appointment went well. Brian wound up having to work (normally he has Fridays off and that's why I make ALL my appointments on Fridays). I panicked when I heard he had to work, but he promised no matter what he would make it there.

I got there first and the nurse brought me back. She said they had no problem waiting for Brian before they started. She took my blood pressure and I told her again that it was probably best to take it after the appointment. I was right, it was super high again. She said she would put it in  my chart that from now on they take it after the appointment is over. By the time I had been weighed Brian was there. Thank goodness, but I knew he would be.

Our doctor is so great and didn't make us wait at all. He started out asking what questions I had (I had a million) he patiently answered all of them.  My biggest concern was the doppler. I told him that I had read that 9 weeks was too early to find the heartbeat with the doppler and that it might be better to not look for it today and wait for a little longer. He said that I WOULD NOT be leaving without knowing this baby was's possible I love him as much as Brian haha. He said the rolling ultrasound machine was waiting in the hallway just in case!

He started with the doppler and was talking with Brian the whole time he was searching (well I guess he was talking to both of us, but I was quietly trying to listen and those two wouldn't shut up). I know he was doing it to distract me, but you can't distract a mom listening to make sure her baby is alive. For a second I thought I heard it, but then he said that my my heartbeat...that felt familiar :( He acted like it was no big deal and wheeled in the ultrasound machine. He found the baby AND the heartbeat right away *insert sigh of relief*. I didn't cry this time...I don't know why, I think I just had too many thoughts going in my head. I was really REALLY relieved.  The heartbeat was 160bpm.

Our doctor went on to say that he had no reason to believe anything would go wrong for us. He said all this extra testing, monitoring, extra time etc. was just to calm my fears. I appreciate that he thinks things will "work out" for us this time, but I am well aware all this extra stuff is being done for my own sanity. I accept that. I need it and I will take it. I know that even with all these extras we could still have something go wrong, but any little anything is important at this point. I am glad he is so optimistic, but lets be honest, there was no reason to think things wouldn't "work out" with Addison.  I've said it before and I will say it again, I may be crazy this time around, but I have earned it and I own my crazy. I am glad our doctor will indulge me either way!

I was a little bummed that we didn't get to hear the heartbeat again, but seeing is believing and I have no complaints. We got our little picture and were sent on our way. For that moment I felt relief that things were okay. I wish I could walk around with a monitor on me 24/7! Our next appointment is in 2 weeks so now we wait and I continue wishing and hoping and worrying...and grieving. God, I miss my little girl.

We also had the "financial" appointment afterwards and it's always fun to have a "baby payment" NOT. Don't get me wrong, it's totally worth it, but dang even with insurance we now have another "car type" payment each month not including the hospital bill that will come later...didn't we already do this...oh yeah we did and we still had no baby to take home :( This baby business is no joke! Shouldn't we get a discount or something ;) I'm just sayin'!

So as of yesterday I still had a living baby with a heartbeat in my belly. Any day I can know that is a good day. I woke up nice and nauseous this morning so please oh please little one hang in there for us!


  1. I'm so happy to hear you got to hear the heartbeat:)

  2. Love hearing about your wonderful appt and what is even better is you only have 2 weeks until your next. I think that is what helped me survive the 1st Tri...even now 4 weeks between appt's are brutal!!!

  3. Wonderful news :)) Sounds like you have a great doctor and so lovely that he's going to help reassure you every step of the way. Love to you and your little bub xoxo

  4. Sounds like your doctor is amazing. This is so important for these crazy anxiety ridden pregnancies. I'm so happy to hear about the good ultrasound too.
    I rented a doppler through Belly Beats for my pregnancy with Finn. It was so wonderful for me to have that reassurance anytime I freaked out. And even if I wasn't freaking out and just wanted to listen to my baby - it was just nice. I was able to find his heartbeat at 9 weeks 6 days with it. Not sure if you thought about renting/buying one, but I figured I'd share my two cents. We rented ($45 a month) instead of purchased as we figured we'd send it back after my induction and that way if they come out with newer/better ones and I venture through another pregnancy, we'll rent again. But I also had the horrible thought that if something happened and I needed to send it back early, I could. Crappy, but it's our reality.

    Look forward to hearing about your next appointment!

  5. CONGRATS!!!!!!!! Wonderful news to hear from you! If you'd like I will email the link to you for the doppler I got off EBay that actually is as good as the docs!

  6. This picture is great! (Your uterus looks like a heart!!) So sweet and I'm so happy Doc is being so sensitive to everything and not brushing you off...not that I think he would do that anyway, but always nice to hear how genuine doctors can be.

  7. Great news. I also had extra monitoring in my subsequent pregnancy for "my mental wellbeing" rather than for any difficulties with that pregnancy (which was another textbook one, just like the one before it, *sigh*). I was very, very grateful for the kid gloves and I'm glad that you have that sort of care too.