We had our latest doctor appointment this morning, and I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but I was really hoping we would get to hear the heartbeat. We only waited a minute or two before they called us in, and then I had to do a urine test to measure glucose and protein levels (apparently this happens every single appointment from now on). They also checked my blood pressure and asked if how I was feeling/if I had any concerns.
Once we got all that out of the way, it was heartbeat time! I was super excited, but the doctor told us not to freak out if she couldn’t find the heartbeat because it is still very early and the baby could be hiding in there. Of course, it took a few minutes for her to find it (and of course I was freaking out), but when she did it was amazing. Geoff and I couldn’t stop smiling! It sounds sort of like “shoop, shoop, shoop,” like someone is whispering.
The doctor said she had to keep readjusting the doppler machine because the baby was moving around so much, and that it actually might have kicked right when we started listening.
I cannot wait until I can feel this little guy/gal moving around in there, but it sounds like I have a good 5-8 weeks to go for that to happen (sometime between 18-22 weeks). Another good thing that happens around that time – we get to find out the gender! I get to schedule my 20-week ultrasound now, and that is the earliest that the doctor can determine gender. Geoff and I talked, and we decided we do want to find out if it is a boy or a girl, so now I can’t wait for that! Just one more thing to look forward to…