Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Hearing Her Heartbeat
I’m sure a lot of people would compare the first sonogram to the first time you hear your baby’s heartbeat, but for me it was a totally different experience. As I previously explained, the sonogram was a mix of feelings between trippy and weird to elation and joy. The first time you hear your baby’s heartbeat is nothing short of straight up, fucking awesome. As you might imagine, when we saw the doctor and she told us this was the week we would be able to hear the baby’s heartbeat, I was like a kid in a candy store. Hearing her little heartbeat was going to make this more real than it ever had been. I took out my cell phone like the sappy, sentimental sally I am, and asked if it was ok to record the heartbeat on my phone. The doctor smiled, I’m sure I’m not her first sensitive sally, and told me of course I could. The doc proceeded to put a hug glob of jelly on the ultrasound Doppler and on my wife’s stomach and off we were. I got a quick glimpse of the heartbeat sound and then my wife laughed and then all we heard was what sounded like white noise and static. The doctor moved the Doppler swiftly over her belly and all of a sudden, this quick, strong rhythmic beat was filling up the room. As I’m sitting there holding my cell phone close to her belly, I began crying. Ugh, I know, what a sap. But I literally couldn’t contain myself. It was the best noise I had ever heard. It was my daughter. I urge everyone to record the first time they hear the heartbeat. It’s one of those memories and moments you will never be able to repeat and once that you will cherish forever. Often times when I’m having a bad day or I need a little pick me up, I will look at pictures of my baby and listen to that first time I heard her heartbeat, and somehow, things are just better.
I absolutely loved hearing her heartbeat and I know when you get the opportunity to hear your baby’s heartbeat for the first time, you will feel the same way!