This afternoon's appointment was awesome. I ended up meeting with a midwife and so far I could not be happier. She is very sweet, sort of grandmother-y, and took all the time in the world answering my questions and actually offering information (a novel idea for a doctor!). It was a crapshoot whether I'd have a midwife or physician since I never specified a preference with the practice, but she was the one who was available for today's appointment and so far I love her. If for some reason I want to see someone else, there are 5 OBs and 8 other midwives in the practice so I can switch if I want to but she's actually the head of the department so I think I'm in good hands. If I end up having any complications with the pregnancy though or become high-risk she will automatically switch me to one of the OBs.
I don't know what it was but I am just feeling so good after today. Things are finally feeling real and I'm finally feeling secure. I got to hear the heartbeat again: 153bpm (up from 149!) and she also gave me a physical pelvic exam and said: "Oooo, you have a beautiful chubby uterus!!" Hahaha! What?! I love it. She said I have an impressive little bump forming and thinks I will likely end up showing sooner than some women because of the current position and size of my uterus. Fine with me; I got me some comfy maternity pants now!
In about a week and a half I'll go back for an ultrasound and our little chickin nugget should be looking like a bona fide baby as opposed to a blob! I'll also be starting my genetic screening (NT scan to check for Down's Syndrome, Trisomy 18, and neural tube defects) plus blood work to see if I'm a carrier for Cystic Fibrosis. And then 2 weeks after that I'll go back again for my next appointment with the midwife.
I'm officially in the midst of my prenatal care now! This is no longer just a waiting-on-pins-and-needles-hoping-things-will-be-viable situation...this is it! I'm IN it now! Yay!
And in other good news: I have not puked for 3 whole days!!!
I am feeling so happy and thankful right now.