For the first time in months, I got to accompany Sam to her OB/GYN appointment today. Up until just recently, they were only allowing the patient into the office. As I mentioned in a previous blog, the pregnancy has been a bit rough on Sam. I have hated not being there for support. I have hated having to hear things second hand. It was hard to not be there with her.
We did an offsite ultrasound early on to find out the sex of the baby, and that was the last time I have been able to see him. So today, I was glad to be able to go with Sam to the ultrasound. As I sat in the waiting room, I could feel myself getting nervous. I’m not really even sure why, but I was.
When the finally called us back, I took my seat in the chair across from Sam. She got up on the table and the tech went through the standard questions and such. She finally put the gel on the wand and began to search for the baby. I sat on the edge of my chair as I watched for his image to appear. I could see he was moving around a bit. One of the first things we saw was his hand. It looked like he was waving to us.
They did a lot of measuring today. This will supposedly will tell you what the baby weighs. As the tech continued to move the wand around, I saw him holding his foot. He is breech, which means his head is up instead of down. Ella was this way around the same time, but she turned, which is what we are hoping he will do.
We were able to see his face pretty good at one point. This is where I wish the doctor had a 3-D machine. I can only imagine how amazing he looks in 3-D.
It was pretty awesome to get him looking right at us.
As she was doing all of this, I kept waiting for her to let us hear the heartbeat. Usually that’s like the first thing you get to hear. She hadn’t done it yet. There is something so amazing about hearing the heartbeat. I was so anxious waiting to hear it and finally, she played it. That’s all it took. I started crying, not an loud audible cry, but tear were falling from my eyes. All the emotions came to a head at that point. Watching the ultrasound, you see the baby moving, you marvel at it all, but when you hear that heartbeat – it becomes real. I thanked God for our little miracle and was so grateful to have finally be there to see him.
The tech then snapped a profile picture, in which you can see his foot up in the air, and finished with the measurements. He is about 4 pounds right now. He will gain 1/2 pound every week from here on out. They are guessing he will be about 8 pounds 8 oz when he is born.
I am so happy that I got to be with Sam today. I am so thankful that the baby is doing well and exactly where he needs to be. I can’t wait for his arrival. I am excited to meet our son.