Today we are 12 weeks along! I can’t believe how this time has flown. I can remember when we first found out, (3-4 weeks) and I thought this milestone would never come.
We had another midwives appointment today. Since Cason and I carpool to work, it makes it really easy to go to the appointments together, and I just love having him there. We met another midwife today, Titi Otunla, and she is just as amazing as the other ones we’ve met. She introduced herself and went through my chart and all the tests that were run last appt. Praise the Lord, everything came back “negative.” I have gained six pounds already, but they told me I might since I have a small frame/had just finished marathon training and I didn’t have any morning sickness.
We got to the part of the appointment we’d both been waiting for. “Alright, let’s hear that heartbeat,” she said, in her warm, British accent. She got the little machine and the jelly out and started rubbing on my belly. It was taking her awhile to find it. She said it might be hard because I had pretty tight stomach muscles. (Seriously? Surely you and I aren’t talking about the same belly!) She kept trying different places and I got more and more nervous.
Prayers were racing through my head. “God please help us hear our baby!” as well as prayers of “Your will be done!” We have prayed for this baby and done the best job we can of holding on to it with open hands, as stewards, because we know this child is the Lord’s. Titi decided we’d do an ultrasound again to find the baby’s location and then try to hear the heartbeat. She stepped out of the room to get the machine. Cason held my hand and said everything was fine, and if it wasn’t, we were going to be okay.
Titi came back in with the machine. I was pretty excited to get a “bonus” ultrasound, and I hoped it yielded the results we were looking for. There it was! It looked so big this time compared to last (peach vs. olive) and there was that tiny heartbeat flickering. Praise. The. Lord. She turned off the machine – oh how I wanted to watch it (moving slightly around) for just a few more seconds! She got out the Doppler again. She moved it around on the spot where the ultrasound had picked it up, and “There it is.” Cason had the iphones ready to record what we had been waiting so long to hear – the heartbeat of our baby. She said it sounded really strong and really good.
So, we decided tricky Baby W wanted to be seen and heard at this appointment. Typical firstborn – I guess it takes one to know one. :)
(BK and Sarah – we would have a tricky baby, wouldn’t we?)
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