First Family Meeting

We got our doppler in the mail yesterday. You are supposed to be able to hear the heartbeat between 10w and 12w, and since I’m officially 10w today, I had to give it a try.

I scanned my belly for a good two hours and could only hear a very EMPTY sounding placenta and my own damn arterial flow. And that is just a freakin’ tease because it sounds just like the heartbeat of the baby, but a billion times slower. I cried, I cursed, and I gave up.

Before bed last night, we all curled up in bed together so I could show the boys how it worked. “That is my heartbeat…that is the placenta…that is my poop…that is my pee….and that is…that is…HOLY SHIT…That’s the BABY!”

Or something like that.

Either way, we heard it for a good while. It measured around 180bpm and stayed strong and loud long enough for MrZ to call his Mom who heard it as soon as she answered the phone. I couldn’t pick it up again last night, but I decided the baby did not appreciate that I was trying to hear him for the first time without the rest of the family. He wanted his brother and Dad to be there too, so he was hiding from me the first time.

His brother and Dad. Now that sounds nice.

I heard it again this morning, but not as clear and it was VERY hard to find. I’m hoping it will get easier to locate so my stress levels will drop. But until then? I’ll work for it – I don’t mind.

We HEARD the heartbeat. We have officially made it farther than any previous pregnancy. Keep up the good work, kid. We’re all pulling for you.

40 thoughts on “First Family Meeting”

  1. That sound always made me cry. Even if we saw the little gummy bear moving and groving on the screen, until I heard the hearbeat, I couldn’t breathe.
    Awwww… congratulations!

  2. So can I just remind you how brilliant I am ‘cos when you were deciding whether or not to try the doppler straight off I said – maybe you’ll hear TeenyZoot straight away and be able to all happy dances and stuff? So there. But more importantly….. Go you and TeenyZoot!!! W00T!!

  3. I’m so excited for you all! That is SO precious πŸ™‚ I notice you refer to babyZ as a he… I think that you’re confused; you know this IS a girl, right? You should trust what my body is telling me πŸ˜‰

  4. It must be the most amazing sound in the world. I am so incredibly happy for you and your family. This is a wonderful time and that little bugger’s heartbeat will get stronger and louder with each week. HUGS to all of you…now try it out on one of the animals.

  5. Ooooh girl….you’ve made me cry! And I love it! πŸ™‚ Of course, I’m also w/ Stace….this is our little niece we’re talking about.

  6. congrats. i see you didn’t take my advice & give the doppler to a friend to hold. at least you got to hear it. don’t worry about it being hard to find. on each of karen’s pregnancies, you could see the kid moving in her stomach but the heartbeat was still hard to find. depends on how they’re turned. my kids were always ass up.

  7. Whoohooo! Glad you’ were able to find it. It has to depend on where the baby is facing or whatever. Something that tiny must get muffled easily.

    Ok, so what did the poop sound like?

  8. Oh wow! Congrats! I’m a new reader so it hadn’t occurred to me yet that you’re pregnant. What an awesome feeling that must be. πŸ™‚

  9. 180 huh? Must be a girl. Try drinking a lot of water a while before you try the doppler, it makes it easier to find the heartbeat. Also, remember that the little bugger moves so won’t necessarily be where you found it last time.

  10. Oh, Zoot. That’s wonderful! I love the image of you guys all gathered around as a family, listening to the newest member.

  11. Yay! I could cry!

    And no surprise that it was hard to locate. Those little twerps like to run away from the Doppler. I even had the nurse at my dr’s office telling me “don’t panic if I can’t find it” when I was past 12 weeks. They’re just so small and my kids always tried to get as far away from the Doppler as they possibly could. I can’t wait till he is big enough that he can’t possibly escape and you can prod him with that thing any. time. you. want. Just remember that any annoyances you inflict on him now you will have to pay for, big-time, when he’s a teenager.

  12. Oh yay Zoot! I knew you wouldn’t be able to wait πŸ˜‰ but I’m glad you found what you were looking for. Congrats!

  13. You refer to the baby as “he”!!! Do you know if its a boy? The heart rate sounds more like a girl… you know? do you know? do you know? can you tell us??? huh? huh? PLEEAAASEEE tell us!!!

  14. Congrats to the whole family. I have been a lurker, but needed to tell you we have a lot in common! I had a son when I was 16, and married my hubby (not the biological father) at 20. I had my baby girl when I was 24. I wanted you to know that not a single second goes by that I don’t know that my son is the BEST big brother and that his little sibbling completed our family. There is NOTHING in this world better than watching my son play with his little sister. I catch my breath every time I walk into a room and see them sitting face to face and hear him teaching her something (as is his responsibility as her wise older brother). The littlestZoot has a great meaning in life, and his/her mommy, daddy and big brother are going to have so much fun! Congrats to you all!

  15. WOOO-HOOOO!!!!!!
    I think that is one of the most amazing sounds ever! It must be a girl – she wanted to make sure her daddy was there when she made her first appearance! Congratulations and be patient, those little boogers like to stay on the move!!!

  16. She. Not ‘he’. She. Remember?

    Girl for Zoot
    Girl for Rockstarmommy
    Girl for Rude Cactus/Fish (I was right!)
    Boy for Amalah

    Behold, the prophetess has spoken.

  17. Yahoo! Congrats and the image of the whole family hearing the heartbeat together for the first time is awesome.

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