Ack, what a relief! I heard (and saw) a beautiful heartbeat today! I also found out that I'm not quite as far along as I had thought...according to the doc I am 6w2d, and according to the ultrasound, I'm measuring 6w1d, which is pretty much right on. So I will be ECSTATIC to get to August 23rd in one piece--that will be twelve weeks. Apparently today is a good milestone against miscarriage, even though it could still happen over the next six weeks. The heartbeat was 126 beats per minute, which they tell me is good. And what a magical sound! I didn't get emotional until I was in my car heading home, and in the office I wasn't aware that I was holding my breath until she found the heartbeat and I was able to exhale. :) Thank goodness!
So my next appointment is on August fifth. I bought two sweet little baby-related picture frames today, and I will wrap those up with the ultrasound pictures in them to give to my parents next Friday when I see them at a family reunion. This will be their first grandchild, so telling them in person will be such a treat! I can't wait. It's so hard to go through this without being able to talk to my Mom about it all...we're pretty close. But I really wanted to be able to tell them in person, so so far, I've forced myself to hold out. :)