I'm calling this post The Round Up because I feel round. Well, my stomach does.
I woke up Wednesday morning and as I do each morning, stare, push and observe the growth of my stomach. I was feeling especially bloated that morning. As someone who has a bit of a rotund gut anyways, I've decided that I won't really know when gut becomes baby bump but Wednesday morning, the gut was round, I felt full and bloated and decided that it might be a good time to just rock the maternity jeans and maternity shirt and go with it. The thought of buttoning pants over this thing just wasn't going to work for me. Sadly, I still just look chubby but I need to wrap my head around the realization that I am pregnant and my stomach is changing shape and I shouldn't be afraid or ashamed of what I am putting out there. EMBRACE THE BUMPGUT, MICHELLE!
Have I told you guys that we have a fetal doppler? Our friends let us borrow theirs many weeks ago, before it was even possible to use it and hear the heartbeat. I'd been really excited about using it since we received it but didn't want to jump the gun and not have success with finding the heartbeat. We first gave it a whirl at around 10 weeks and didn't have a luck. It freaked me out A LOT and I swore off using it until after our 12 week ultrasound.
Since then, I've tried to use it about once a week, still not having success finding the baby. Since it caused so much anxiety, I made a promise to myself that I would only use it in the days following my doctor appointment, after I knew that the baby was in there and beating away!
Tuesday night, I decided to give it another shot. It took a bit of time to get a reading, but since I know what to listen for now, I recognized the baby right away. It was beating at about 145 for a few seconds and then the wiggle worm shot across my uterus. Such stage fright! I kept trying to find it again, moving the wand all around. When I found it again, I started the video on my phone to capture the sound and the number of the screen. I got about 7 seconds of solid sound before I lost it again. It is such an awesome sound! I know as the baby gets bigger, it will be a little easier to track down the heartbeat but I'm going to stick with my rule of only using the doppler after appointments!