We had our first ultrasound when I was six and a half weeks pregnant. You may think this was early, which it was, but it felt like forever. I couldn't help but let the negative thoughts creep in and put a damper on any possible excitement. The chance of another molar pregnancy was just 2% but all I could think about was IF I have another, then the chance of having a third jumps to 25%!!
Our appointment was at 9:00am, nice and early, and David and I both took the whole day off work. We figured that either bad news or great news would make us want to spend the rest of the day together. We hadn't told ANYONE so we didn't have anybody anxiously awaiting a phone call with news afterward which was really nice.
Due to some crazy anxiety, I woke up a half hour before my alarm went off and also arrived for our appointment about 20 minutes early. The knots in my stomach continued to tighten as we got situated in the ultrasound room and waited for the technician. As soon as the ultrasound was underway, all of the negative feelings and anxiety just melted away. We saw the amniotic sack right away which immediately ruled out a molar pregnancy!! Then the technician let us know that there was a baby in there and showed us the most amazing flicker of a heartbeat. We heard it loud and clear, it was beating at 121 beats per minute which was nice and strong (they look for it to be between 110 and 170 around 6 weeks gestation)!
And now, without further ado, an introduction to Baby Ladnier:
Now... I know I'm a little biased but I think it's the cutest little jellybean there ever was!! I could have listened to its sweet heartbeat all day long. Here's to a awesome pregnancy and our journey to parenthood.