We are happy to report that we had a clean bill of health at our 14 week appointment on Monday. It was a very short visit. No drawing blood or anything, just weight check (still under pre-pregnancy weight), blood pressure check (she said it was perfect), and then a short visit with Dr. Przybysz. We heard the heartbeat for the first time using the doppler. Up until this visit, we had an ultrasound each time, but we knew our next one would be at 18 weeks. I must admit that hearing it on the doppler was NOT quite as exciting as hearing it AND seeing it move on the monitor, but we were so relieved to know that Baby Hardy is still kickin' in there! At 10 weeks, the baby's heartbeat was a quick 165 beats per minnute. According to the old wives tale about heartbeats, this could indicate a girl. However, this time, the heartrate was 155 bpm. Dr. Przybysz even made a comment about how this was on the slower side for 14 weeks, and could indicate a boy! So, now my mom has completely switched gears with the wind and is totally thinking boy. Haha. I'm trying not to get too committed to one gender or the other until we know. Another thing Dr. P mentioned was that Baby Hardy is very active. We could hear it swishing around inside, but I can't feel a thing. They say that I'll be able to feel it in a few weeks.
According to babycenter.com, Baby Hardy is about the size of a lemon from head to bottom (somewhere around 3.5 inches), and weighs only about an ounce and a half. The baby can suck its thumb, make facial expressions, and can even pee! We are excited to finally be out of the first trimester - a third of the way there!
Our 18 week appointment is on October 8th. This will be the big one where they do all the baby's measurements and are able to tell if it is a boy or a girl. Justin and I still haven't come to an agreement about finding out. I'm going to try being civil for a while, but if it doesn't work, I may have to pull the "I'm the one carrying our child and bearing all of this throwing up" card. :-)
Speaking of that, week 14 has NOT been a good week for me in the feeling-good-department. Today is Wednesday, and the 4th morning in a row that I've thrown up. Monday I felt completely lousy, but I seem to be back to my usual self now. Just can't kick the morning sickness! They say that Baby Hardy doesn't feel a thing, but I am ready to lose that not-so-loving feeling that I get every single morning.
Keep the baby and me in your prayers! I'll keep you all posted on the progress!
Most importantly, I am the daughter of a King, but I am also a wife to my best friend Justin, and mommy to my precious son Hayes, born March 12, 2009. Life could not be any sweeter... most of the time. ;-)