June 19, 2012

6 weeks!

In case you missed this from the first post...

little Marvin at 6 weeks!

On June 15th we went for our 6 week scan and we were really nervous. The internet really can be a scary place...I read so many stories from women who went for their first scan between 6 and 8 weeks and ended up seeing nothing so I was really, really hoping we would see exactly what we had been waiting for. 

Turns out, we did! We were able to see the fetal pole (essentially the little blob of tissue that's turning into a human), get a measurement of the little guy AND see and hear the heartbeat! It was beating well at 95 BPM, which our doctor said was completely normal for this early but that it would get progressively faster as the weeks went by. It was such a relief to see that everything was going well and it's so comforting to have been able to see the heartbeat- I read that the chances of the pregnancy continuing on normally go up to 70-90% after you can detect a heartbeat. Needless to say, we were able to take a couple sighs of relief after the visit and it's starting to feel more real! 

It's hard to talk about without having a name to attach to it, calling it "It" seems really impersonal and always saying "the baby" or "baby" gets old. At the very beginning we found ourselves saying "little alien" pretty often since I learned in the book, The Female Brain (by Louann Brizendine M.D.), that the growing baby really does take over a woman's body. So, we've started to call it "Marvin", short for "Marvin the Martian" and we're pretty sure it's gonna stick around even after it's born (we have a tendency to hang onto nicknames- just ask our dogs who all have about 10 different nicknames). We just hope that if it's a girl she won't hate us too much for calling her Marvin all the time ;) Haha!

much love, L&N

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