What a Difference a Week Makes

My baby has a head! And arms! And legs! And I’m pretty sure I can see a little nose!

8 week ultrasound

To refresh your memory, here’s my scan from last Monday.

7 week ultrasound

Quite a difference, huh? I even was able to see the heart beating quite quickly. In the earlier scans, I either didn’t see it or had to have it pointed out to me. I’m so happy today! My little Smudge is growing so well. It measures at 8w3d, two days behind where I am in my pregnancy, so my OB tentatively moved my due date to Dec. 4. He said it’s normal, though, so I don’t feel so bad about it. Smudge is 1.89 cm long and his/her heartbeat is 173 bpm. Smudge was lounging around in there, and the doctor spent a lot more time pointing things out and talking to us about it than the tech at Emory did.

I do have placenta previa — which is where the placenta partially covers the cervix — but the doctor said it’s quite common at this stage. He said he’s not concerned about it, but it’s something to keep an eye on.

Today was also my last vaginal u/s. Hooray! My next u/s is on May 26 for my 12 week nt scan (although I’ll be one day away from 13 weeks at that point). It and all my subsequent u/s will be done abdominally. I told Joe I won’t know what do when I go to the doctor and don’t have to strip!

A funny story from today . . . while I was sitting in the u/s room waiting for the doctor, I noticed smeared gel on the u/s probe. I know they change out the protectors, but the smeared gel weirded me out, so before the doctor did my u/s, Joe asked if they were going to change it. He said, “Uh, we don’t reuse them.” Then, after my u/s, he took off the protector and I noticed there was gel underneath on the probe itself. Yes, I feel like a moron. Oh well. I had just never seen it like that before.

I’m a little bummed that we don’t go back for a month. I got used to the weekly ultrasounds! I’m going to be excited to see how much my little Smudge has grown by then!

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Hi! I’m a wife to a wonderful husband, mom to a beautiful and active (to put it lightly) kiddo, and fur-mom to 3 crazy cats. I’m a former journalist. I quit my full time job two years ago. Now, I am a freelance writer and a virtual assistant for several bloggers!

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  1. Jess says:

    Oh, yay! This is all so exciting and I love the u/s pic!

  2. Kelly says:

    Yay! Smudge looks awesome!

  3. Congratulations!

  4. Lisanne says:

    Awesome! Wonderful ultrasound photos. Isn’t it amazing how quickly they grow? That’s a fast heart rate ~ maybe a girl, based on that old wives’ tale. πŸ™‚ Glad to see that everything’s going fine.

  5. Congratulations!

  6. Congrats to you.

  7. Linda says:

    Congratulations !!!

  8. Awwwwwww………that is great!! We are so excited to see little Smudge grow!! Thanks for sharing!
    Your FL furiends,

  9. Karen says:

    This is so wonderful!

  10. Kami says:

    Wow big difference in a week!!! I’m guessing girl! πŸ™‚

  11. Sadie says:

    How exciting!! Smudge is growing so well! Congrats!

  12. Tamsyn says:

    Ahhh I am so jealous!! I am so impatient to get my first scan πŸ™‚

  13. Joe says:

    What a cute lil’ baby!

  14. Erin says:

    what a cute smudge you have!!

    and gosh, going from weekly ultasounds to monthly or longer is hard, but fun! i just had one after not seeing baby for 3 weeks and WOW, its a real baby now. πŸ™‚

  15. Sara says:

    You have a real gummy bear in there, yay! Congrats!! πŸ™‚ It’s amazing how they grow so quickly!

  16. Ali says:

    ohh how exciting ! πŸ™‚

  17. Congratulations !!!

  18. Kate says:

    BEAUTIFUL! And congratulations on your last vaginal scoping! A great thing. Your little one is growing so fast. I think our dates are pretty close– I am partway through week 8. Wishing you the best, Kate

  19. Emily says:

    Thank you so much for your support & feedback!

    I love your blog – so supercute.

    Great u/s pics – so detailed. Congrats! πŸ™‚

  20. What a cutie pie! I am so happy for you and Joe. Enjoy every moment, even the not so fun ones. Great that you have your blog to look back on and to show your baby. Can’t wait to read about every moment.

  21. This is so amazing to follow along with you. I was pregnant 27 years ago – the ultra sounds have come a long way!!!

  22. connie says:

    Aww, look @ Lil’ Geek~he/she is growing really fast! Things are moving right along πŸ™‚

  23. LadyGrace says:

    That is the ‘joy’ of being a high risk pregnancy, you get so many more U/S than a low risk. My only ones I got was 12 and 19 weeks. While others around me got alot more and got to see there baby growing. Though I never got the 4d one because I just think thats weird lol.
    Your baby is looking like a cute little peanut! Im sending best wishes your way on your journy!

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