bump #70: 7 weeks

Baby is 10 mm or 1 cm or the size of a blueberry. Yum! 

We had our 7 week sonogram this morning and got to measure the heartbeat... 148 beats per minute. 120-180 is the normal range, so we're right smack dab in the middle.  The lines on the left of the picture are the heart rate monitor lines. There's little tiny waves at the top, it's not as flat lined as it looks. Phew!
We still haven't gotten to hear the heart beat yet, because this particular ultrasound machine doesn't pick up sound. But it's still fun to see the flicker, and gives us something else to look forward to later. I plan on buying an at home doppler so I can hear the heartbeat anytime I want to, but it doesn't usually work until around 10 weeks.

In other news, I hadn't actually selected an ObGyn since we moved back from Texas because we went directly to the fertility center, so after lots of research and several great recommendations, I miraculously got in with a fabulous doctor. In 3 weeks I will graduate from the fertility center and continue my prenatal care with Dr. Yvonne Goff. The only weird thing is they will see me at 10 weeks and then not again until 20 weeks. I'm used to at least weekly appointments thanks to the pampering of San Diego Fertility Center. Also, isn't the gender reveal ultrasound between 14 and 18 weeks? No way am I skipping that!

Everyone thinks this little baby is a girl. Everyone except me. I would LOVE a little girl, but as the oldest of 3 girls I think my family needs a little more blue in their lives. Either way, we'll obviously be so excited, but for now I'm being contrarian. Also, girls' heartbeats are normally at the higher end of the spectrum and 148 isn't that high, and the yolk sac for girls is normally on the left and mine is on the right. Any other wives' tales I'm missing?

School starts back up next week and I don't know how I'm going to make it through the day without my 2 hour afternoon nap, or every 5 minute pee breaks. I'm just thankful I've had such a productive-reproductive summer break :)  And everyone has been so nice to me and given me sweet gifts... My Aunt Vanessa gave me this awesome Mama-to-be tea and since I haven't been drinking any coffee, tea, caffeine anything the last 3 months, it's been nice to have something other than water to drink that is safe for the baby. My friend Tiffany got me yummy "bump booster" pregnancy cookies and belly butter (it's never to soon to ward off stretch marks!). My grandma made me special natural and organic household cleaning products ha! as if I clean anything :) and a whole bunch of other wonderful goodies. Thank you guys!

Save for the 5 minute ultrasounds each week, I still can't believe that this is really happening. I never thought I would get to experience pregnancy. It's cliche, but every step of the way is surreal. I honestly still twinge when I see pregnant women in the store and then I realize, "oh, I'm one of them now!" I'm noticing new symptoms each day, and rejoicing with every minute of nausea and soreness and discomfort because that means it's really happening! I am so happy to be carrying this little miracle around!


  1. Wow, Bren, I'm so excited for you. Enjoy every moment!

  2. Love it, love it, love it! So happy for you, Bren!

  3. My SIL got every old wives tale and we were convinced she was having a boy. To our surprise it was a little girl. U look glowing on ur pic, glad u are finally experiencing being pregnant.

  4. Eek I am just so darn excited for you… I know I keep saying that, but I mean it. The first trimester was really weird for me for a lot of reasons- feeling "off," of course, but I also had a really hard time straddling that area between sub-fertile and pregnant! Seems to me that in the second trimester (especially when you start feeling the baby!) it really gets real and your brain settles into pregnancy mode!

  5. For 7 weeks, 148 is actually in the high range. Mine was 127 at 7 weeks (I'm feeling pretty certain we are having a boy). And, I think it's debatable which side your baby is on, since it's kind of in the center there. SO, I'm voting girl!

    The worst part about graduating from the fertility clinic is the wait between ultrasounds! I haven't had one in almost 4 weeks, and that feels like an ETERNITY.

  6. Oh I love this SO very much! Such sweet presents for the mama-to-be!! XOXO

  7. Eeeek LOVE this!!! Glad you found a great doctor, but...yeah, weird that they wait so long between appointments!!

  8. WOW, awesome photos; thanks for sharing! See, I told you that you have that "pregnancy" glow; others notice it too! :)
    So glad that you have a great Ob-gyn.....on your first visit you can ask why so long to the next visit....sounds like you're doing well and more frequent visits aren't necessary! :)
    Yikes! School starts so soon?!!! The first three months feeling tired is very normal...so you can look forward to more energy after that!
    Lots of love and prayers,
    Grama Charlene


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