September 22, 2009


Last year, Army Blogger Wife mailed me her home doppler machine.  I was so excited to use it, but unfortunately I just kept using it on dead babies.  So this time around, I left it in the drawer and just relied on the weekly ultrasounds.

Last night I was lying in bed, trying to will the baby to kick where I could feel it.  I am so anxious for that stage.  I am looking forward to having the companionship, to there being someone else besides the dog whose presence is felt in my house.  And while I was lying there thinking about her, I suddenly remembered the doppler.

I found her easily, and grinned.  And then called my parents entirely too late at night so they could both listen.

I'm still mildly wary of the whole thing.  When friends get excited and squeal "You're having a baby!", I sometimes feel a stab of fear.  Like we all need to rein it in and be calmly happy instead of cartwheels happy.

But I calmly happily listened to baby's heartbeat last night.

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I'm not sure how far along you are, but I understand that different people feel kicks at different times during pregnancy. I always thought they'd feel like actual "kicks", but I remember thinking that they felt more like little air bubbles - like the ones in an aquarium might feel if inside your belly! Another trick I remember was to drink a few oz of orange juice and lie still on the floor or bed. The sugar rush will get the baby moving.

I've never posted before, but do enjoy reading. Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!

Posted by: Maria at September 22, 2009 12:21 PM (mKRWK)

2 Totally (calmly) excited for you!  I thought that was an entirely soothing device for the time before (and even after) you get to the kick counting stage.  A peace of mind.  And the oj (or pine orange banana) is really magic when it comes to getting the baby to act like you have Stevie Wonder's Musiquarium ablastin' in your uterus.  

Posted by: wifeunit at September 22, 2009 04:06 PM (4B1kO)

3 I am calmly extremely happy for you. I will be cartwheel happy when baby is here.

Posted by: Mare at September 23, 2009 07:29 AM (HUa8I)

4 Totally calm, totally happy for you. Think serene....

Posted by: tibby at September 23, 2009 10:07 AM (S/Fac)

5 I'm glad it's working out for you.  I know it put my mind to ease a LOT during my pregnancy with Junior and Abs.

Posted by: Army Blogger Wife at September 23, 2009 02:45 PM (q+eXI)

6 Any day now you should start to feel her kick. And that was my favorite part of being pregnant - that little secret of sorts between my baby and me. No one else (until the later stages when I looked like something out of the movie 'Alien') was in on the secret unless I allowed it. And it was incredibly reassuring for me as I bled both times I was pregnant and was somewhat wary (not to the extent you are) as well.

You look wonderful by the way!

Posted by: HomefrontSix at September 26, 2009 06:15 PM (BZ+pH)

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