Monday, November 19, 2007

OB appointment: 10w 1d

In more exciting detail (not really) here is the run down of my first OB appointment. For a little background, I have been seeing this OB (Dr. Wonderful) for years. He did the IUI that resulted in the conception of Ernest. He has been very supportive throughout all of our IVF's by asking for updates, giving me his opinion on procedures and even letting me call him at home during a few crisis moments. He is a very kind person and a doctor with a great reputation.

My appointment was for 3:15 and since Dr. Wonderful is always running late (I think he can't say "no") I called to see if I should get there on time. Depending on who answers I either get the truth or "you need to be here for your scheduled appointment". The answer that day was, "He is currently running on time." She only gave the answer after asking who I was (I might have a reputation of being high maintenance) so I was suspicious, but I got there on time just the same.

It was not easy going in because I knew I would be surrounded by big bellies. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but they were there. I read the newspaper or stared at the floor to protect myself. The pregnant ladies came and went and then a brand new baby, but I held my own. In a record 25 minutes I was taken back to my OB's office.

Where we waited some more. The office door was open and sometimes I looked up just in time to see a big belly prance down the hall. "Why do they let these people wonder around?!" I only half jokingly said to Brad.

Another, nervous half an hour passed and Dr. Wonderful came in all smiles. He asked if I was feeling pregnant. I hesitated to say "yes" because I didn't want to find out in a few minutes that it wasn't actually the case. He asked more specific questions - are you nauseous, fatigued, etc. to which I replied that I was. At that we set off for the u/s room.

That is when we saw our little project moving. I started crying, I was so happy. This bounced the image around so Brad said with joy in his voice, "Stop moving!" He then measured the baby (measured at 10w0d) and showed us where the placenta was. He checked for blood clots (because I was bleeding several weeks ago) but didn't see anything. We verified we could go off of the estradial and progesterone (yeah!). Then he gave me a great big hug and shook Brad's hand.

He said next time we can talk about what type of care I would like since I have preferred "self directed" care in the past. I told him that I hadn't decided, but am tempted to let him do whatever is going to keep him from biting his nails while I gave birth at home. He said he will be biting his nails no matter what.

I did get my TSH levels checked one more time. I have always been boarderline and if I was taking a thyroid replacement they would want to up the dose, so I thought it would be good to keep an eye on it. So we wrapped up with a blood draw and we were done. Total time was about 1.5 hours.

My next appointment with Dr. Wonderful is two weeks from this one. Normally it would be 4 weeks, but he didn't have time to do a "new OB appointment" as he would like. I will take all the attention I can get at this point so I don't mind.


Amanda said...

Congratulations on a good appointment!!!! I'm so glad that you got to see your "project" moving all around!!! Yay!!!

And that rocks on having another one in two weeks!


wifethereof said...

Super news! Hang in there!

Fertilize Me said...

Excellent appointment news

Lori said...

I feel like I'm living this through you. Thanks for sharing these moments with those of us who have never (and won't) have this experience on her own.

Frenchie said...

It's always to hear good news from the stirrups. So happy for you!

Babe* said...

Glad to see your appointment went well.

Geohde said...


Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy, Kami,



singletracey said...

Yeah for a great appt AND you got to see your baby moving about!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

stacyb said...

what a great post! totally relate to all the big bellies -- that's how we felt too.

didn't know you were planning a home birth, how exciting! i hope you will write about that more as time goes on.

Regarding the TSH -- great that you had it tested. maybe even do it again at a later thyroid doctor has me tested once a month now (im on thyroid medication). As you doctor said: as the pregnancy progresses levels can change for some people.

peep said...

How great you saw him/her moving. I can't wait to hear about you going to your appointment as one of "those" women who look pregnant!

Kami said...

Thank you everyone!

Lori - I'm glad you enjoy the story. I was worried I was providing too much detail.

Peep - When I read your comment, I thought, "I don't want to be one of those women!" I mean, I do in that I want to have this pregnancy progress, but I am resistant joining a club that has caused me so much pain even if they didn't mean it. Crazy, huh?

meg said...

Congratulations on the great appointment. I'm glad that they're seeing you so soon again. That will help with the worrying. Hang in there!

Yodasmistress said...

Woot! I love it! I love it! I love it!