Our first appointment with the OB went great today! After the compulsory list of questions, the OB pulled out the ultrasound gel. I didn't even have to beg for a chance to see the baby! This was my first experience ever with an "outer" ultrasound...all of the others have always been "inner". I didn't even have time to worry if it was too early to see anything this way--she found the baby right away.
It was absolutely beautiful to see the baby again. It's only been two weeks since our last glimpse, but already we can notice the subtle changes. I could still see the little heart beating away, and my husband picked up on it as well. This time, we could also actually hear the heartbeat--which we weren't able to do with the RE's machine. Since it was an "outer" ultrasound, the pictures aren't quite as sharp, but I still think they are beautiful. As great as it was to see the baby, it was also amazing to see my husband's reaction. He knew what to look for this time, and it is precious to see him get excited. It was definitely worth it for him to find the way to take the day off of work. In this picture, you can see the baby's left arm waving (head is to the left).
We asked the OB a ton of questions, and when we finally ran out, I mentioned our concern and apprehension, given our previous experience. So rather than waiting a month, she offered me the chance to come back in two weeks. Again, I didn't have to beg or haggle! It's so great to have a doctor who gets me and wants to do what she can to help overcome these fears and concerns. So I'll see her again on March 17th, at which point I should be at 12 weeks.
God is good! It is a huge blessing to know that my baby is growing and developing as God designed! I'm amazingly blessed! But I'm also blessed with all of the women on here who support me and pray for me through big days like today. I totally appreciate you and your prayers.