Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Heartbeats 101

Yesterday, we had our 2nd OB appointment. Curtis came along with me for the ride, because I knew we would get a chance to hear our baby's heartbeat. It was a great appointment. Firstly, I only gained 2 lbs, which is a miracle, considering my eating habits of late. She was very happy with that number, and told me to keep it up. My blood pressure was also normal, which was good, because the last couple of times I have had it taken, it's been a little high. My blood pressure is something I am always nervous of, because we all know there is a reason why they call it the "silent killer". I was very glad to see things were progressing along normally.

And then we got down to business. The doctor put the doppler on my tummy, and said, "now, you are still a bit early. We may not hear it, so don't be concerned." Then she said, "Oh, that is your heartbeat....and wait, do you hear that??" In the background you can hear this "thump, thump, thump, thump"....really fast. Like a horse galloping in my stomach. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was very faint, and there for only a little bit, but we definitely heard it. It was measuring as it has been all along at 165 bpm. It is a day I will never forget. And the high that ensues after it is insane. I literally started acting like a 12 year old. I was just so excited....dancing around the house, full of energy. Those of you that have experienced "me" as of late, know that energy is not what has been flowing out of me. But last night, I was on cloud 9.


Amanda said...

Isn't it wonderful!!!! Glad you got to hear it!!!

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Heather said...

so exciting for you!!!

Tony said...

A huge congratulations to you and Curtis. Laura and I are so happy for you guys.

I still remember those first few doctors appointments and how long it took to sink in that this was really happening.

I gets more believable, all though the excitement never goes away.

The Loucks Family said...

It just keeps getting better Em :-)