Friday, June 12, 2009

One big test down

Yesterday was my 1st tri screening and nuchal. My appointment was at 9:30 and they said to drink 24 oz of water 30 minutes before the appointment time, which I dutifully did. Then I got there and saw other women drinking there - boy, I was the dumb one!

First we met with the genetic counselor. I was prepared. I brought the genetic family breakdown we already had on our donor, so, we were ahead of the game. We went through Glenn's family, which we'd also already done, and discussed a few more tests for Glenn (they've added tests to the Jewish panel since we did it in 2006).

Then we went in for the ultrasound. She found the heartbeat right away, so, I relaxed a little. As I've said on here before, my fibroids really mess with their ability to get a good picture and, for this one, they had to get a good enough picture to actually measure the fluid in the back of the neck. Oh, the ultrasound tech, Jessica, really beat me up. Between the full bladder and how hard she had to press on my pelvic bone, it was pretty painful. I'm actually bruised today. But, she got what she needed.

Then we had to wait for the doctor to come in, who of course, was delayed. Seriously, in the time we waited, I could have gone to the bathroom, pounded water, and re-filled my bladder. Anyway, the doctor came in and immediately told us that the fluid in the neck was fine, so, no concerns there. Whew!! We'll get the blood test results back in a week, but, for now, everything looks good. The baby was measuring 13w exactly and has a nice, strong heartbeat.

And, here's the pic from yesterday. I know most of you have better pictures from weeks earlier than 13 weeks. Add to that the fact that I still don't have my scanner set up and took this with my phone and the pic is even worse, but, it's my baby and I couldn't be more in love!


15 comments:

nishkanu said...

Congrats, Lisa! And a lovely pic to boot!!

Michele said...

that's a great picture! wonderful news!!!

robin said...

Awwww! I love it!!!
Sending you lots of hugs.

~Jess said...

I'm glad it went well, albeit getting beaten up. I think that's a great picture!

IVF 40+ said...

what a wonderful picture! so pleased everything was fine, what a relief for you both. Sounds like it was a tough time but well worth it to know all is well.
EB

Wishing 4 One said...

Sorry for your beat down but like u said she got what she needed, LOL. I love the bad pic, it IS your baby, how cool does that sound? Thanks always for your kind words.

Theresa Patch's Thirty-One said...

Congrats!!!!

Beautiful Mess said...

Hope your bruises go away soon! That picture of your baby is beautiful! How exciting! That's YOUR baby!!!! Amazing, truly amazing.
*HUGS*

Gillian said...

LOVE the pic!!! Wooohooooo!! I continue to look forward to your updates and just get such a smile on my face every time I read your blog and posts on the Nest.

((hugs)) Lisa!

The Hale's said...

Congrats! That is a great picture! I totally understand what you mean about waiting to go pee and the tech just pounding on your bladder! The first ultrasound I took I made the mistake of drinking 24 oz when really all I needed to drink was drink 16 oz. By the time they were finished I wanted to strangle someone! Lol!

stillhopeful said...

Hey, that is so great! Very reassuring that the neck measurement was good. Congrats! My 1st tri screen is Thurs, and I'm a little (lot!) nervous about finding the heartbeat, but I'm hoping I'm just being (understandably) silly.

Emily said...

LOVE the pic! All good news - I am so very happy for you! Happy 2nd tri Momma!

shiner said...

Soooo happy everything is going well for you. Keeping you in my prayers.

Kami said...

Great news! Let's hope the rest of the pregnancy is so uneventful.

Linda said...

so glad it went well. It's a big biggie to get through! Love the pic!