Thursday, January 14, 2010

Beautiful Sound!

It's amazing how much Beaker had grown in two short weeks...looked more like a baby and less like a bean! :-) There was a very prominent head and definite arm buds. The angle made it a bit hard to see leg buds, but they were there, as well.

The most amazing part, though, was hearing the heartbeat. I don't think I was at all prepared for what that would feel like. At our last appointment, the RE turned the audio on and we could hear rumbling and a mix of noises, but our untrained ears weren't precise enough to detect the baby's heartbeat from noise. The RE could hear it, and the machine could count it...and that was enough for me that week.  This time, though, it was clear as day. 

I about lost it at that moment!  Even more than first seeing a baby blob on the screen last time, I was struck by the wonder and awe of the fact that it wasn't my heartbeat that I was hearing. For the first time in my life, there was a heart beating inside me that wasn't my own. It was truly amazing. And, though it felt oh so real before...and my symptoms don't let me forget feels all the more real after hearing that strong, healthy 164bpm heartbeat!  The baby is measuring 8w2d and we've officially graduated from the RE. Our first OB appointment is on 2/5! 

I'm nervous before every ultrasound, and I imagine that's normal.  I was slightly less nervous before this one than the last time, probably normal, as well.  I know that we're by no means out of the woods yet...and I'm reminded of that regularly on blogs and iV when I read about women who had a healthy 6/7/8 week heartbeat and then nothing at the next appointment.  I will feel more comfortable when we can hear the baby on the doppler at home.  And yet, I feel strangely confident that all is well and that all will be well with our baby and this pregnancy.  I'm grateful for that confidence today and hope that it remains as strong as Beaker's heartbeat until our next appointment in early-February!


Lauren said...

That's great news!

Did you write down your measurements wrong though? On December 30 your baby was measuring 6 weeks 1 day, and today you said it's measuring 6 weeks 2 days... do you mean 8 weeks 2 days??

Suzy said...

Such exciting news! Congrats!

Leah said...

Congrats on hearing the heartbeat! I remember that being the most amazing thing ever! And you're right. . . there are always those horror stories, but the stats are definitely on your side. :-D

Lin said...

Lauren...thanks for the good catch! I edited and corrected! :-) Yep, 8w2d sounds a lot better, huh?

Michelle said...

Wonderful news! Wow.. It must be the most unreal feeling knowing there is another heart beating inside of you. Amazing and congrats!

Jen said...

That is great news! I'm glad to hear everything is going smoothly

Priscilla said...

Beaker?? Like a petri dish? Why do you call your little miracle that when you were blessed with an against-all-odds natural conception?? No Beakers needed for you!! Thank God!!

I'm so happy to hear that the HB was strong and you got to HEAR it!!!! AMAZING!! I can't wait to here ours...we have to wait for out first OB visit since our RE doesn't do sound...don't know why.

Lin...I'm so happy that you have found confidence in your pregnancy! I admire that!! I'm getting's just difficult, but there is no point living in fear. (You're right though, it's hard not to after all the recent loss in our blog community.)

Again, so happy for you and for that wonderul, strong HB!! Wait til you see the movement....its incredible too!! Hugs!

VA Blondie said...

So glad the appointment went well. I always love hearing the baby's heartbeat. It never fails to make me feel better.

Baby Wanted said...

YAY! So glad the appointment went well! I don't think you will ever get tired of hearing his or her beautiful HB!

Anonymous said...

That is so awesome, I can imagine it was a wonderful sound and I pray you will continue to hear it loud and clear!

Anonymous said...

I was thinking of you and wondering how you were.
I am very happy to hear all is well. :-))

As for symptoms - I have absolutely the same ones! Weird... I have never eaten so 'healthy' in my life. Meat sounds revolting and smells even more so; chocolate - bleah; fruit - yeah, sure; salads with just a simple oil and aceto balsamico dressing - wonderful! Also youghurt and cheese sandwiches are passable. And cereals. Haven't thrown up yet, but I swear I will if anyone else has the smart idea of eating MacDo or smoke on a 1 km radius around me. ;-))

I too am very nervous before every u/s - I know I am not out of the woods either, but I try really hard not to think of anything bad (I do not succeed all the time, but still, I think I get points for the efort).

Wishing you all the best,


Jessica said...

I heard our peanut's heartbeat for the first time on Jan 11th. and like you it was the most amazing thing ever!! I couldn't believe it. It made it so much more real.

I am so happy for you guys. (Jessica - ladybug0600 from Ivillag)

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