After the spotting, I called the doctor and made an ultrasound appt for Thursday morning, so that we could check on Bean and make sure everything is okay. On Thursday morning (1/27), we went to UNC hospital to get the ultrasound. I was doing a pretty good job of not being nervous, but once the ultrasound started, I started getting a little anxious. The ultrasound technician first checked on my ovaries and looked around my uterus, and then she finally got to Bean! Bean's heartbeat was perfectly strong and she/he measured 7 weeks and 6 days, which is 1 day off from how far along I am based on the first day of my last period. Since it's pretty accurate, they are going to keep the due date at September 8.
We were so happy and excited! The ultrasound tech put the pictures of Bean on a CD for us, so I attached one of them here (I think he/she is facing away from us and there is a little arm bud sticking up). We also got to record the heartbeat. Such a great sound!
Bean's heartbeat: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/87320/Beanbeat.amr
My nausea has been significantly worse this time. I am taking 5 Zofran per day instead of just 2, and I still feel pretty bad most of the morning. I am also ridiculously starving. I get hungry every 2 hours, at a minimum. It's crazy! It's especially bad in the morning, and it definitely got worse over this past weekend. Today (Monday 1/31), from 6AM until noon, I ate a banana, a bagel, an apple, a bowl of cereal, and a turkey sandwich! That is a lot of food.
I'm taking this increase in hunger and sickness as a sign that Bean is super healthy. I need to remember to continue focusing on our goal of having a healthy baby. I'm going to try my best to rid myself of any negative or anxious thoughts that creep into my head. I know we deserve this baby and we are so excited to meet him/her! Sometimes it feel surreal that I am pregnant again. I just feel so blessed and I'm trying hard to enjoy my time with the baby, even if I don't feel good right now :) I'm just so happy to be feeling bad, but I do look forward to feeling better in the second trimester. Only 4.5 weeks until then!
I think Bean likes a lot of space because I'm already having to keep my pants unbuttoned! Here's the most recent pic at 8.5 weeks: