We had a Dr. appointment Monday afternoon with a new Dr. I was released from the specialist a couple of weeks ago (they only monitor you until 10 weeks), so it was time to find a regular OB/Gyn. Dr. Russell was recommended to me, by my specialist and D and I were very, very pleased with him.
He is very friendly, although soft spoken. He was polite and considerate and took time to explain and lot of things and answer all of the questions that we had. He made a point to tell us that every time we come into his office, we'll be meeting with him - not a PA or a Nurse Practitioner. Which, I like very much. I want to actually know my Dr before he shows up to deliver my baby!
He told us that it was not typical to do more than 3 ultrasounds during a pregnancy, and since I just had one two weeks ago, they wouldn't be performing one that day. And then the tears started. I just couldn't help it - I've just had a lot of anxiety and I don't like not getting to see and/or hear the baby every week. With my history, it makes me nervous. So, they squeezed me in for an ultrasound and told me that even though we wouldn't do ultrasounds every appointment, they would always check the baby's heartbeat - so I would get some kind of reassurance to make me feel better.
After I finished with him, I went across the hall to meet the lovely ladies in the Ultrasound department.
Of course, I can never see the heartbeat (and D and the ultrasound people ALWAYS can). I'm not sure if its the way that I'm laying or just my anxiety but they always have to take some extra time to point it out to me, so I can feel better.
We were in the room for quite awhile, because the munchkin wouldn't be still so that we could get his/her heart rate and a picture.
This is the best picture we could get:
This is one busy little baby! We were able to see the baby do a few front flips and kick his/her legs and wave his/her arms. This is one active little person (which makes me really nervous about what I have in store for me when he/she arrives).
We (finally) got the heart rate and it was 171, so still fast and strong.
Isn't it amazing how much this little person has grown in the last couple of months? I love seeing how he/she changes and will surely miss all of those ultrasounds!
We go back at the end of March for our next check up and to listen to the baby's heart beat and then it will just be a couple more weeks after that, that we'll get to find out what we're having!