May 16 2010

Nuchal Translucency Thingy And A Milestone

This past Thursday was a doctor packed day!  Jess had a Nuchal Translucency Scan, followed by an OB visit.  I was off, so I got to be the driver/supporter!!  The Nuchal scan was pretty cool.  It was pretty much just a high resolution ultrasound with a very crabby ultrasound tech (People skills were not her forte’).  Choochie was completely out of control the entire exam, and it was hard for the tech to get the measurements.  Sometimes, during these tests, if the baby is cooperating, you can determine the sex of the baby.  Well let’s just say that when the Doc came in to go over the results, and do another ultrasound, the first thing she said was, “Wow, the baby is doing a hand stand!”  Needless to say, we were unable to get a very early sex determination.  As for the test itself, all the measurements taken were well below the danger zone values.  This doesn’t mean that there isn’t a problem, it just means that there is a greater chance of there not being one.  We won’t get our full 94% accurate answer for another 5 weeks.  Thursdays scan, and blood test, will be combined with another blood test in about 5 weeks, which will give us our 94% accurate answer.

We got another set of a bit more detailed ultrasound photos, to add to our ever expanding catalog.  We must have the most ultrasounds ever!!  CRL length was 4.78cm, and Heartbeat was 167bpm!!



Immediately following the nuchal scan, Jess had a followup OB appointment.  The doc was going to do another ultrasound, but since we just had one not two hours earlier, Jess convinced him just to use the doppler and find the heartbeat (166bpm).  The appointment was for a followup regarding the Hyperemesis Gravidarum.  The doc and Jess came to the conclusion, that things were definitely not getting worse, and kinda of getting better.  He took Jess out of work for 1 more week, and decided to try and start weening Jess off of the Zofran Pump.  Hopefully things will stay the same, and we can get back to normal!! 

As of Friday, Choochie was 12 weeks!!  Now, some books, and websites say this is the entry to the Second Trimester, while others say 14 weeks.  This is all a little confusing, so when we were at the OB visit on Thursday, we decided to task the Doc.  He said “technically” the second trimester would start 8 days after week 12, but most people, and docs go with the 12 week mark.  I think we are going to stick to the 12 week mark, because any relief from the crappy symptoms of the first trimester are welcome with open arms.  So here’s to the the start of our second and hopefully a symptom free trimester!! (On a side note, the last two days have pretty much sucked for Jess)

I purchased an at home doppler for Jess for her soon to be Mothers Day!!  I originally though it was too soon to hear anything, but we have been able to find the heartbeat almost every time.  I am waiting until its really loud to do any recordings.  As soon as It gets loud enough, you can bet that it will be posted. 

OK, enough about us, let’s get on to Choochie & Jess

How far along? 12 Weeks 2 days!

How Big Is Choochie?  Choochie weighs a full half-ounce and is about the size of a large plum. Most systems are in place, though there’s still plenty of maturing to do.  The fetal digestive system is beginning to practice contraction movements necessary for eating, and the bone marrow is busy making white blood cells.  The pituitary gland has started producing the hormones that will enable him (or her) to make babies of his (or her) own in a couple of decades or so.  (Unless they pick up the old infertility trait from me!! 😉  )

12 Week Old Fetus

Maternity clothes? Nothing too “Maternity” yet.  Shirts are fine, but jeans seem to be the problem.  Jess has a couple of maternity jeans, but she seems to be right in the area where she can’t fit into either.

Stretch marks? Not yet!!!

Sleep? Crappy at best!  Jess gets up many times during the night to pee, and just can’t seem to get comfortable

Movement? Choochie is out of control on the ultrasounds, but no feelings yet!!

Food cravings? Waffles, and pizza!!  (the only 2 things Jess can keep down!)

Gender? Still a little too early (plus the chooch doesn’t want to cooperate!) 

Milestones: Second Trimester WOO HOO!!!

Emotions: All over the place

Apr 23 2010

Another New Beginning

Today is 9 weeks on the nose!!  The picture below is an approximate size of a nine week fetus?  Yep, I said fetus!!  We graduated from embryo to fetus this week.  Another step closer!! 

Yesterday was our first OB appointment.  Not too much news here.  We sat down with the doc and discussed a whole bunch of stuff.  Jess had a full exam, and another ultrasound!  The ultrasound tech was great.  He took extra time to point things out, and answered all our questions.  It was a nice difference from the IVF office.  In that office, everything done was a little rushed. They only did the testing at certain times, and there was always a line at the door.  It was more like an assembly line.  Get em in, and Get em out!!  The ultrasound tech measured fetus at 2.0cm, and the heartbeat, at 169bpm.  The ultrasound machine made heartbeat sounds while he was doing this.  I don’t know if it was the actually heartbeat, or just something the machine does when measuring the heartrate.  Everything I read online says it’s a couple more weeks until you can the heartbeat.  Regardless, it was cool!  😛

The Doc made it clear to us that he wanted to have us visit with everyone in the practice, just in case.  Jess has already seen a couple doctors there, so this is not a big deal at all to us.  We went over our history, and felt good, when the doc said that basically starting today, we are a “normal” pregnancy!  Our next OB is in 4 weeks, but we have two separate appointments before then for some extra diagnostic testing, and a trip to LabCorp (which we did today) for some blood work.

The diagnostic testing is first trimester screening for Down Syndrome, and Trisomy 18.  It’s not mandatory, but they suggested we do it.  It only consists of an ultrasound or two, and some blood tests.   It is called a Nuchal Tranluscency Test.  We don’t know much about it yet, but it can’t hurt to have it done.

Jess hit the morning sickness wall this past week.  She has had minor symptoms since week 5, but it really hit this week.  A whole lot of dry heaving, queasiness, and exhaustion.  We are currently trying every remedy/old wives tale, we can find (to no avail)!  If anyone has some ideas, please send them on over!! 

We are looking forward to each and every new “next”!  It gets more veritable with each update, and every new day.  We can’t wait to share our future experiences with all of you.  You all have been the engine that has kept us running through this journey.  And although we have overcome all the odds, we still have a long  journey left.  We hope you all stick around for the rest of the ride!