Friday, April 13, 2007

Flicker

...because we saw the heartbeat flicker on the ultrasound screen.

So far, so good. Dr. Quick actually made a joke when he came in -- he said, "Today we get to see how many!" which he would only have said as a joke if he was sure there was one, since he takes multiples quite seriously.

Embryo-O, the one and only, measures at 1/4 inch, and appeared on the screen as a tiny dot with a distinct pulsing flicker. Dr. Quick pointed and said, "That's your baby's heartbeat." He definitely shows a different side at this stage. (I guess the only other phrase I've really heard him utter much is "Sperm is going in now.") He also pointed out that Co has some cysts on her ovaries left over from the cycle and told her to "be careful," which he clarified to mean not exercising too hard or "making sudden turns." Hmmm.

He did print us a picture of the little dot. In fact, he printed a second, handed it to me, and said "Here's one for you," apparently in response to my gasps of "That's the baby? It's alive?"

He said he'll continue to monitor Co for 2 to 3 more weeks to make sure everything is going well. She (we!) have another ultrasound next Friday. He said we'll see big differences.

Afterwards, as we planned, we stopped by Barn of Evil to take the plunge and buy pregnancy books. We picked up The Pregnancy Bible and Your Pregnancy Questions and Answers. We will buy more books but we wanted to have some in hand immediately. (So if you have recommendations of titles we shouldn't live without and haven't already told us, comment here!)

I definitely plan to order a pregnancy organizer I saw on-line because, well, I love to organize. Co's response to this announcement was, "You're going to organize my pregnancy?"

My response was, "Yes."

Finally, during Internet searches and today's real life search for pregnancy books, we have discovered that pregnancy books for men have the most insulting, asinine titles. "My Boys Can Swim!" and "The Caveman's Guide to Pregnancy" are two highlights. I have not chosen to partner with a man, but I do respect their intelligence more than those authors. Really.

14 comments:

cristin said...

yee ha! congratulations on the heart beat!!

bri said...

So glad you saw the flicker!

I also had a big, bad cyst, as I think I mentioned. I was told to take it easy. So take it easy!

Mermaidgrrrl said...

Oh the sexism is just ridiculous isn't it? We treat men like big idiots and then wonder why they behave like one sometimes.
I like the idea of the pregnancy organiser. I know too many people who left everything to the very last minute and faced immense physical and financial strain just when they should be relaxing. It feels good to have lots of stuff organised early on.

marci said...

Yeah, isn't that the coolest thing? And there are so many changes every week too....
Man, I can't wait to read your posts down the road... Especially the pregnancy organizing posts. I've just been putting crap down into my iCal. ;)

Mo said...

Woohoo for the flickering heart!!

Carey said...

Congrats on seeing the heartbeat - isn't that amazing??? Just out of curiosity, what pregnancy organizer are you going to get?

Gretch said...

yay! congrats on seeing the "flicker" :) I was just comparing our 8 week ultrasound to the one that we did this week - and it's amazing how different things look in such a short time! have fun through the next few weeks as you're able to see the changes on the screen!

Lo said...

Carey (and anyone else who cares), I've ordered "40 Weeks+: The Essential Pregnancy Organizer." I liked the reviews on Amazon and the ones I saw at Barn of Evil reinforced my opinion.

e. said...

ohhhh how exciting! can't wait to hear about the big difference at next week's u/s!

calliope said...

wow! so wonderful that you both got to see the flicker!
congrats!!
xo

Sheila said...

So exciting!

When we had our fear-inspired early ultrasound it hadn't occurred to us that we would hear the heartbeat. And then suddenly the sound filled the room and we were sort of laughing and crying as the tech told us the pregnancy was in the uterus (not a tube, as we'd worried.)

We called it/her the comma, then the tadpole.

Carey said...

Thanks!! I just ordered the same one!! The ones at the bookstore were hideous... way too cutesy for our liking! Thanks again for the info! :)

Melody said...

This is so great! Congrats!

oneofhismoms said...

You have to have a particular sense of humor, but my partner and I thoroughly enjoyed the book "Pregnancy Sucks." She was having a hard time with her pregnancy, and this book had us rotfloao in the middle of the "Barn of Evil." (Love that, by the way.)

Thanks for the post about the heartbeat. I missed that ultrasound, since we didn't know that it was going to happen. But A said it looked like a kaliedascope.