I love the nurse at my OB's office.
The heartbeat was nice and strong and picked up right away. It had gone down to about 136 BPM, which is a lot lower than the 150s it had been at, but that is still fine as that tends to happen as the pregnancy progresses.
My heartrate was in the 100's itself, no doubt from all of the worrying.
The reason that I love N so much is that she told me that I should come in every week for a heartbeat check, if I want, even if it's for the rest of my pregnancy. She said that it's her favorite part of the job and that I shouldn't feel silly after all we've been through. Next week is my regular monthly visit with Dr. S and then the anatomy scan is the week after that, so I am covered for the next two weeks. But after that, I might have to take her up on more frequent heartbeat checks, if for no other reason than the fact that it might be the most beautiful sound in the whole world.
We also heard a louder, one-time thump, which she said was a kick. I didn't feel a thing from the outside, but it was cute to hear it. N also said that I could realistically start feeling the baby at any time, but that I shouldn't expect regular movement until 28 weeks or later. Basically, she was trying to prevent the freakouts that we all know are coming later. . . when Baby doesn't move enough!
I just have to thank you all again for your love and support. This pregnancy after recurrent loss business is tough and I am just so humbled by the time that you give to help me through it.
I am so emotionally drained right now, that I am heading for a nap.