Saturday, December 1, 2012

HEARTBEAT


On Nov. 28th we had our first appointment with the doctor and our first ultrasound! I had been talking about how out-of-my-mind-excited I was for this appointment since the day we scheduled it. But when the day finally arrived, something changed - I was nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. Would everything be OK? Had I done everything I could to keep our baby (and myself) healthy over the past few weeks?  Would our baby’s heart beat strongly & proudly in declaration of its intent to join us in this world as our beautiful son or daughter?

As the technician prepared to do the ultrasound, Jonny held my hand tight – the reassurance I needed to know that everything was going to be OK. And as it turned out, everything was more than OK … everything was perfect!  We learned that at 8 weeks along, a baby's heart is considered normal if it beats more than 115 beats per minute. Our baby’s heart rate was 156! Below is a video of Baby P's heart beating - strongly & proudly: 

video

We also learned that our baby is about 1/2” long – about the size of a pinky fingernail. This is hard to fathom, especially considering that the baby was the size of a sesame seed 4 weeks ago. And we were given a due date: 07/07/13

The technician gave us some pictures of the baby and Jonny said he/she looks like a duck (can you see the resemblance in the photo below?). So, we’re now referring to beloved Baby P as our little “duck” – quack quack quack. 


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