(Written October 20th)
We changed doctors. Already.
I must tell you, I ADORE my first doc, and may go to her as my regular gyn after this pregnancy. Sadly, I had to leave her due to her office hours and location. I needed somewhere closer to work, and with early morning hours. The doctor I changed to has 8am appointments and is one subway stop away from work.
On October 18th John and I went to our first appointment with Dr. Bradley. She’s youngish, cautiousish, minimalist and has a great vibe. She’s thorough, and has a calm, “don’t worry, I got this” attitude while still making your pregnancy feel special and important.
I first went and spoke with her in her office, she asked millions of questions about my health history and general lifestyle. We then went and had the usual annual checkup/exam…and I have to say this…TMI or not…she was the gentlest doctor I’ve ever had for the exam… down there!
After the exam she called John into the room, and we did our very first sonogram.
The sonogram was AMAZING!!! After all the fallopian tube drama and talk of ectopics, my main fear was that our lil Embry was not implanting in the right spot…but seeing that little bean right where it was supposed to be just made my heart explode with joy…and as is the trend these past weeks…I started to cry…yet again. She explained what we were seeing, measured our lil bunny and zoomed in so we could see the heart beating!!
I debated long and hard putting this picture up, I never thought I would…but I figured why not…I’ve been sharing everything anyway….
Best moment of my life so far was seeing that lil heart a pumpin’. It seriously changed my entire world. It made my pregnancy real. (cuz the nausea, barfing, huge boobs and lack of energy juuust wasn’t doing it for me.) I love that the doctor was patient with us and let us look for a while, John even whipped out his phone to take video of the heart beating, and our doctor zoomed in and out and narrated the video for us! Haha. Very cute.
At the time I thought I was 7 weeks 2 days, but she said I was measuring a little small for that and put me at 6weeks6days or 7weeks.
We then went back to her office so we could ask questions and learn what’s coming next.
The second best thing about this appointment was my fears being laid to rest about how much I’m eating and how sick I am. Dr. Bradley told us during the first trimester to just do what I have to do to feel good. If that means eating only toast and orange juice, then so be it! That made me feel a lot better especially since I have John in my ear telling me the caffeine free sprite that I’m craving is going to give Embry diabetes. Can you believe he said that to me?! I had an ally mcbeal moment in my mind where I beat him about the head and face with the sprite bottle.
The doc also told me that I’m only to gain 20 lbs for this pregnancy. That seemed a little low to me, but I trust her. I’m not concerning myself with the scale at all until after I pop Bunny out. 20-30lbs is what I figure I’ll gain, but who knows.
We go back again on November 17th when I’ll be about 11 weeks and change. I can’t wait to see Embry again. I feel like I was living for the October 18th appointment and now I’m living for November 17th…
After leaving the appointment with our sono photos…all hopes of waiting until after 12 weeks to tell family was out the window. We were so excited that Embry was right where he/she needed to be that we started telling that day!
My mom and dad already knew, but we told John’s mom and siblings, my gram, aunts and cousins and a few good friends. I had all these cute ideas/ways I wanted to tell certain people…but that went out the window too! We just sent the sonogram pic out to the people we were telling.
Further extended family and friends will have to wait until we drop the bomb on Thanksgiving. (Which is likely when you bloggie buddies will be finding out as well!)
What was your first OB appointment like? Did you ever switch doctors? When did you end up announcing your pregnancy?