~Secret~ Pregnancy Post: 8 Weeks

 

Today we had our first ultrasound! Baby is measuring right on schedule with a strong heartbeat of 176 bpm! Seeing that little flicker on the screen was such an incredible relief. The ultrasound tech even switched the view to 3D. She rotated the image so we could really see how much space the baby had around his little body. Hard to imagine that this little life is only the size of a jelly bean! We were able to make out the head, body, arms, legs, yolk sac, and umbilical cord. I was in complete awe the entire time. How awesome is modern medicine?! After my appointment, I was even able to get in touch with Kyle and share the pictures and videos with him. Thank goodness for technology!

My symptoms haven’t changed very much. I still haven’t had any crazy carvings or aversions. My belly still looks the same to me – unless I happen to look at it at the end of the day, in which case it looks pretty darn bloated. Baby is still much too tiny for me to be showing just yet, though.

I have yet to make the chalkboard. I’m still hesitant to. It’s hard to explain why. I think until I can feel the baby moving and see my belly growing, this pregnancy isn’t going to feel very real. At least once a day I worry about what could go wrong. I check for signs of an impending miscarriage. I hesitate to look at nursery ideas or obsess over names just yet. Part of me is still nervous that all of this could be taken away any day now. I know that I should try to stay positive, but sometimes those worries creep up on me before I have a chance to.

I do realize that the chances of us losing this little one are fairly slim at this point. After seeing a heartbeat, miscarriage risk decreases drastically. We have felt confident enough to tell a select few people what’s going on. After all, I can only refuse a glass of wine so many times before friends and family get suspicious. We’re most likely going to tell our close friends and families within the next two weeks. We’ll wait until the second trimester for the big reveal.

We are both so excited to share this amazing journey with all of you. Thank you for your love and support – I don’t know what we would do without it. Until the next pregnancy post, enjoy our baby’s very first picture!

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