We went to our second OB appointment on Monday evening. Everything looks GREAT!
The ultrasound showed that the Erbse is the correct size, growing well, good heartbeat. The doctor started with the traditional 2-D ultrasound. It was so cute, because we could see that the Erbse had reached "gummy bear" stage. Around 9 weeks, the embryo looks and is about the same size, as a gummy bear. She showed us the fingers, and toes- there are 10 of each :) And she let us watch for a while, because the Erbse was moving all over the place!
Then, she switched 3-D. OH MY GOSH, I could not believe that they would do a 3-D ultrasound at almost 10 weeks. Normally, I've seen 3-D ultrasounds from 20 weeks or even later. But, wow, 10 weeks. And, it was just amazing!
Maybe it is a little naive of me, but I had no idea that the Erbse already was a baby! You can see the ears, the arms, little tummy, legs, feet, toes! AMAZING!
Seeing the Erbse like this really made it feel a lot more real, especially since I have such few symptoms, I don't seem to feel pregnant yet. The doctor said that everything was healthy, and looked great.
We decided to do the NT scan, which measures the folds of the neck for possible Down Syndrome, as well as checks the organs for development. I had blood taken for the test already at the end of Monday's appointment, and we have our next appointment for the scan on June 29th.
I also received my Mutterpass (Mother's Passport,) from the doctor.
-dates and times of appointments
- any blood tests and results
- results of ultrasounds
- a running documentation of my weight and blood pressure
- documentation of previous pregnancies (including my ectopic pregnancy)
It seems like a really great way to keep a lot of information really handy. You have to give Germans credit for their efficency!
With the exciting news, Joern and I headed home, and I made my first baby purchase!
I bought a diaper bag! I fell in love with it a few weeks ago, and it was on sale at Kate Spade. My plan was to make the purchase if everything was okay. Yay! I bought the Kennywood Small Coal Baby Bag, which despite the word small, is quite sizable:
What really won me over, besides the very "Allison," design of the bag, and the fact that it isn't overly boyish or girlish, is the fact that it comes with stroller straps, so you can attach it to the handles of your stroller, which seems really convenient!
Its official- we are on our way to becoming parents! Joern and I are just over the moon excited!