I know that everybody knows that nobody but the Dr. can ACTUALLY see what’s going on in that ultrasound. I know that nobody is going to judge me when I say I really couldn’t have picked that heartbeat out of the crowd….er…static.
What I don’t know is whether or not I’m crazy for thinking that our baby’s “heartbeat” looked exactly like every other flicker on the tv screen. For all I know there could’ve been 29 heartbeats in there. Yes I saw the flicker. It was steady and fast. Yes I could tell what you were circling with the little ‘x’ cursor on the screen. But, I don’t think it was the only thing flickering on there. And I’m not entirely convinced that it was the “coolest thing I’ve ever seen” maybe that comes later. Along with hearing the heartbeat? Am I the only women who ever walked out of an ultrasound 2 times in a row thinking “come on – we have people walking around on the moon, they actually KNOW what hot dogs are made of, some human beings actually ran a 4 minute mile and I can pause ‘live’ tv. Really? You can’t get a better picture than that?”
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I don’t think it’s amazing that Dr. Man (by the way, his actual name is Dr. Ward, but I’m referring to him as Dr. Man because I think it sounds cooler. But you gotta say it right. “DOCtorMan” emphasis on “doc”) can put his little camera in me and find all of my internal organs and see something growing inside me that is 7 millimeters big. It’s just that….well, I can watch a football game that’s currently happening a million miles away in my living room and the football looks larger than the XL pizza that just magically showed up at my door. BUT when I’m sitting RIGHT THERE he can’t even provide a full color picture? Really?!?!
The rest of the visit with Dr. Man (see? It’s cooler now that you’re saying right, right?) was relatively straightforward. He said that we’re 6 weeks and something days along and put the official due date at October 20th. When I told my mom, she said that I have already had what is officially the longest pregnancy of all time. She’s right. That means we found out when I was 2.5 weeks along and as any good Web site (thanks for the appropriate wording on that Katie…) will tell you, the first 2 weeks don’t really count. So really I found out pretty much as soon as humanly possible. Also the same “good” Web site thought I was 6 weeks at that point. Then when I went to the Dr. 2 weeks later he said I was maybe 6 weeks. And again yesterday I was six weeks. Week 6 of this pregnancy has lasted almost a month. Which is insane.
All in all, the visit left me with one (or two….ok fine 25) enormous sighs of relief and one kinda freaked out husband. “Wait, we’re actually having a baby? We need to find some more money!”