Monday, June 4, 2012

9 weeks, heard the heartbeat!

Take a listen to this!

Finally found the heartbeat today! It's been a rough week. DS has been having asthma difficulties, and they leave him so frustrated and in the worst mood.  On saturday in particular I was really at my limit.  His behavior was terrible, and I didn't know how to respond because it was so unusual for him to be that bad.  He was at the point of hitting, throwing toys and overturning furniture in anger, and having screaming fits.  Pretty much as bad as a two year old can get. 

I got my home doppler on friday and despite reading lots of advice on the internet, I still couldn't find the hb.  It didn't make me any more worried than I'd already been, it just frustrated me.  My ultrasound on tuesday didn't reassure me as much as I thought, especially since the baby didn't yet measure any farther than my last baby did.  I really needed and wanted confirmation that the baby was still alive.

On saturday night, while working 3rd shift, I spend a long time on youtube watching videos of 80lb girls easily finding their babies at 8weeks with their home dopplers, and giving advice.  Their advice was very helpful, but I was still skeptical that I'd be able to find my baby given that I'm in no way built like a teenager.  I slept with the doppler beside my bed, and tried it first thing after waking with a full bladder as suggested by most of the skinny girls. I did get frustrated after a few minutes, but tried to keep patient and continue. Eventually I decided to try it with an empty bladder since I certainly had to pee and empty bladder was suggested by one of those chics.  Returned to my bed and I swear I found the hb almost immediately.  There was a second of disbelief, and then tears. So many tears!  All the anxiety of the past week came out at that moment.  I still didn't know what was going to happen or how this pregnancy would turn out, but I knew my baby was alive at that moment.  It was a wonderful feeling, and I could have listened to that beautiful sound forever. It was such a gift.

But...I had to go pick up ds from the sitters. So naturally, I made a recording so I could listen to it over and over :) 

Sitter reported ds had a great morning filled with lots of good behavior.  I'd already come up with a plan for the day the previous night, and hoped to give him lots of attention, positive reinforcement, and patience.  It was still a difficult afternoon, but I handled it a lot better than the previous day.  Several times I was able to see a tantrum building and head it off.  I kept a positive attitude, and was careful to always speak with a cheerful tone even if he was whining or upset.  At one point when his behavior degenerated, I realized how bad his breathing had become and was able to improve both behavior and breathing with an inhaler treatment. 

All in all, it was a great day!  I hope to write a post this week on How to Use a Fetal Doppler since I really wasn't able to find a lot of info until youtube, and then another post next week right before my next appt on June 11th. Then off to the beach for a week! And a 12 week ultrasound a week later. June will be a busy month, I hope it's a great one!

Taken at work while exhausted from being up so late, but so happy to be pregnant!

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