Heartbeats and head shots

Second trimester, here we come!!!  Its hard to believe its been 13 weeks already.  Although, it can also seem like time is crawling by because so much new stuff is happening all the time.  The night before I found out I was pregnant I fell asleep at 9:30 - pretty early for a Friday night!  So that was a red flag.  Since then I've been afflicted with exhaustion that hits me like a ton of bricks.  And nausea.  And ... certain digestive issues that I won't share.  Here. 

And then there have been things that just absolutely took our breath away.  Heartbeats!  Ultrasound!  Check out our little soybean: 

Ahhh!  There's something in there!  Crazy!

 This is what Grandma Pat called "the best one I HAVE EVER SEEN!!" She said this with such enthusiasm, it really made me wonder about the quality of ultrasounds from the last 40 years.  Could they really have been much worse than this?  I mean, it was amazing to see this.  But let's be honest, the still picture is really just a blob.  What did they used to look like?!

There are some things in life that you expect to be ... amazing.  But expecting something to be amazing, often makes it not-so-amazing.  When Jake and I got married, we made a big deal of our "first sighting."  That is when you see each other for the first time before the ceremony.  It is supposed to be very emotional and breath-taking and a great photo op.  But the build-up diminished the moment.  When we finally saw each other, we just smiled and felt relieved that everyone could stop trying to keep us apart.  We took some fun pictures, and then proceeded to have a grand old time like we always do.

But seeing our baby for the first time (even just the blob on the ultrasound!) was so amazing it brought tears to my eyes.  A couple weeks later we were able to hear our baby's heartbeat.  I knew what it would sound like, and I knew that we would probably hear it at that visit.  But as soon as I did, I felt like the world stopped spinning for a moment.  I can't even describe.  Just, amazing.  How were we able to create something so precious, with this little beating heart?  I was instantly in love and in awe.

Whew...  heavy stuff!  Next up, trimester #2.  We will learn the baby's gender in about 7 weeks.  I think I'll start to really "show" in the next few weeks too.  And I also hear that the second trimester is the "honeymoon trimester" - so we've got that to look forward to!  No more sickness (I hope)!

Big hugs to you, and thanks for the well wishes.  :)  hmv