Tuesday, December 29, 2009

140 Beats per Minute

We had a checkup today and everything’s going great. The doctor thanked Andrea for being the “textbook perfect patient,” as opposed to the pregnant woman the doctor had just seen: a 300+ lb mother who couldn’t have her emergency c-section just yet because her fried chicken and biscuits hadn’t fully digested. Andrea is the valedictorian of pregnancy patients.

The best part of the appointment? Hearing Merlin’s heartbeat! As soon as our doctor put the doppler thingy on Andrea’s belly we heard a thundering, and fast, “swish, swish, swish, swish.” What a relief. This is only the second time we’ve heard from the baby. Andrea’s body isn’t sending us many signals that she’s pregnant, so it was nice to know that our little apple is alive and well.

In addition to a strong heartbeat, the baby’s now about the size of an orange, he’s developing his hearing this week, and he’s moving like crazy, though Andrea can’t feel that yet. I don’t know what we’ve done to deserve such a great pregnancy.

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