Tuesday, July 1, 2008

2nd Doctor's Visit

Well, Shireen and I had our second doctor's visit today. It went very well. We heard a strong heartbeat and got to see a lot of good movement. As expected, we were given a more accurate duration of pregnancy, giving us a new due date. The new due date is January 28th! The current measurements estimate us to be approximately 9 weeks, 6 days into this new adventure. This is great because that puts us a week ahead of our original estimates.

So far Shireen is doing GREAT! God has blessed us tremendously. She has experienced no morning sickness! The nurse asked today if she had been more 'moody' lately. I, very strategically, responded, "No, but maybe slightly more emotional." I'm not the smartest man. But I've walked into many loaded questions before. I know a landmine when I see it.....okay, 'hear' it would be more accurate.

Shireen is handling this pregnancy very well. She's needed to enjoy a good cry once or twice. But I think its healthy for her. She's had some serious cravings lately. (Actually, I think the cravings have always been there. She just has an excuse to feed them now! But don't tell her I said that.) She's being careful about what she eats and drinks, insuring she gets enough exercise and being sure to get enough rest. I love her! She's amazing.

Below is our ultrasound. For some of you sitting through 3+ minutes of black & white video is beyond cruel. But to all the others, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It is much easier to see when it's on a flat screen 40" monitor like the doctor had. Here's specific spots where you can witness cool stuff.

At 1:08, Junior waves at us.

At 1:56, the nurse/tech measures for an estimated duration of pregnancy.

At 2:26, you can hear the heartbeat.

And at 2:36, the nurse reads the heart rate.

If you want to see it in full screen you can go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjG5QuJdqWY


And, I must say CONGRATULATIONS to the Sticklers! Way to go Darby. May the Lord continue to shine all around you.

7 comments:

Todd, Kristie and Sierra Mitchell said...

Wow! That just completely fills my heart with joy!!!! I LOVE hearing the heartbeat...there is just something about knowing their is a baby alive inside of you. What a precious gift and responsibility. I am so happy for you two!!! Tell my neice/nephew Aunt Kristie loves her/him!

elaine davis said...

Oh my how exciting!! And i sure did see him/her wave!

Tara said...

Russ,
I saw the wave! How exciting. :) Sounds like you've been a wonderful husband and Daddy over the past 10 weeks. Great job! I'm so excited for you and Shireen. Keep the updates coming.
-Tara

Dave and Carrie Tyson said...

That is truly awe-inspiring. What an awesome God we serve. It blows my mind to think of how much He loves us, how often He thinks of us, and the depth of tender loving care He pours upon each of us,etc. If anyone can see this and still doubt our Lord's existence is beyond my understanding. We love you two (and a half) and continue to bathe you in prayer. God bless you!

Britney said...

A-m-a-z-i-n-g. That's incredible that you are able to see/hear so much and get to share it on here! Keep us posted on how the little one is growing!

Brooke said...

I saw the hand move!!!! How amazing!!!! I am so excited for the both of you. I want to get together soon.
Much Love,
Brooke

Mama Matteo said...

Hey yall,
i am so excited that you are already 10 weeks and that the baby is so healthy. it seems like just the other day i was showing you my first couple of ultrasounds and know i get to see yours. God is so great and i will be excited to share in this time with yall.
love you
ashley