Today I went to the OB for my 16 week appointment. The nurse practioner attempted to find the baby's heartbeat on a small, hand-held machine with a single speaker. I was disappointed that she did not bring in the sonogram machine, as I love to see the little arms and legs, but hearing the heartbeat would at least reassure me that everything was going okay. After moving the microphone thing all around my abdomen for several minutes, she declared that she couldn't hear anything. She left the room for a few minutes and my heart sank. I was terrified that something was wrong. The whole time she was out of the room, Eric was trying to comfort me but I just kept praying "Please Lord, Please Lord".
A few minutes later she brought in the sonogram machine. After a few seconds of searching, we could see the baby... much bigger than the last time! The arms and head were moving around and I could see the legs bend and then kick the side of uterus! I still can't feel it, but the NP said since it is kicking, it would probably only be a few more weeks until I could feel it. Finally she found the right position and I could see the heart beating. She had Eric stand next to the monitor and point out different features to me... the spine, head, heartbeat, arms, legs, etc. It looks so much like a real baby now. I could even see the leg bones. I am so in love with this kid and sooooooo relieved that everything is perfectly fine!
We go in for our official ultrasound in two weeks and hopefully I will be able to post some pictures. We are also considering going to a 3D ultrasound clinic to confirm the gender and get some neat images of our little one. We'll keep you posted.