Wednesday, July 2, 2008

First look at the blueberry!

Today was our first visit with an obstetrician and we got our first ultrasound. Heather's primary doctor, Dr. Galaif, was on leave for a family emergency, so this first visit would be with a different dr at the same practice--Dr. Lam. I was a little weirded out at first because he was a guy, but he turned out to be really nice. Plus, Heathcliff Huxtable was a male obstetrician too, right? I would let Dr. Huxtable deliver my wife's baby, for sure...

When we met Dr. Lam, I was instantly reminded of the doctor in Knocked Up, but I think that is only because:
  1. he is Asian
  2. we had just watched it again when we were in Brooklyn
The high point of this visit, without a doubt, was seeing blueberry on the ultrasound monitor. It was basically a fuzzy blob of pixels, but it was a huge relief for us to find out that everything was proceeding just fine. We could even see the heart, which looked like a pulsing spot near the center.

We received a huge stack of booklets, pamphlets, and other materials to start reading.

Some things we learned today:
  • Heather is approximately 7 weeks, 3 days along. There are lots of pregnancy websites out there that compare the size of the fetus at this stage to a blueberry--thus the name of this blog.
  • The due date is Feb 15th--this means there is a chance it could be Valentine's Day, or it could fall on a Friday the 13th!
  • Our little blueberry measured in at 13mm (a hair over half an inch)
  • Dr. Lam said sushi is okay, as long as you stay away from the high mercury stuff

Oh, they also gave Heather 5-6 packs of various prenatal vitamins--free stuff rules!

Without further ado, our first look at the blueberry:

Our next scheduled appointment is July 30th, where I will get to meet Dr. Galaif (Heather has already met her). Our next scheduled ultrasound will be on August 6th, which will be the first trimester combined screening.