Obvs, I was nervous.
Like I kind of wanted to puke all over the place nervous.
Except I hadn't eaten because I was nervous.
And I had a list of questions that I wanted to ask her.
A synopsis of the appointment:
- The same nurse who couldn't find Maggie's heartbeat was in there again. She told me that there are times as nurse that you never forget. Not finding Mag's heartbeat was one of those and she was so happy to see D and I back.
- This time, she found both heartbeats. I don't know how in the world she would find both, which is why I will not use a Doppler. They were measuring about 161 and 156. Perfect! I'm pretty sure that those numbers indicate their IQs too, right?
- Dr. Eck came in and did the yearly exam (seriously) and also made sure everything else was measuring the way it should.
- We then dove into my list of questions...
- I can come in for a doppler check whenever I want- no appointment needed. Score.
- I will have appointments every 3-4 weeks until 20 weeks as long as things look good.
- At 20 weeks I will go to a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor (Perinatologist) in Wichita to do the 20 week anatomy scan. This doctor will do an even more thorough check of Herbie and Puckett and make sure things are on track. If not, s/he will continue to see me or refer me to a specialist. The MFM is connected with a hospital with a NICU so that if something does need to be taken care of right after birth, I have connections.
- If everything with the MFM looks great, I will go back to Dr. Eck and that's when we will start more frequent ultrasounds and appointments.
- I should expect to deliver at about 36 weeks or so (and praying not before that!) We will decide as the time approaches if I will do a C-section or not. It totally depends on the positioning of the babies. At this point, I don't even care. As long as I have meds and healthy babies, it doesn't even matter to me.
- She told me to try and enjoy this pregnancy. I'm doing my darndest, but it's pretty much impossible not to be paranoid and nervous.
I went back yesterday for a Doppler check cause I can.
And I will.
I will make them regret offering free checks for me.
The nurse found the first heartbeat right away.
Then I reminded her there were two.
She found the other one, although they were so similar in rates, that it was hard to distinguish which was which.
So far so good.
About halfway to viability at 27 weeks.
And my heart overflows with thanks.