Ok…so maybe the glow is a metaphorical glow. Other people say I glow, I however, feel like I am either glowing from sweat (I get hot) or glowing from just taking a bath (I like to soak in warm water) or glowing from the low-grade fever I have had off and on due to this cold I can’t seem to get rid of…but whatever it is, I want to glow because I feel good! 🙂
Anyways…glow-rant is over. Now on to the fact that this baby refuses to do anything without some sort of climactic build-up. Dr. P said that its b/c its a product of two independent thinkers and it likes to do things at its own pace. I say its b/c it is 50% Jesse and well, we all know how he is! Me on the other hand? I am not stubborn at all. I go with the flow and am pretty much the most predictable person known to man (queue the thunderous laughter). So why am I calling baby Walker an “it”? Well, thats because I like a climactic build up too!
So we went in for our 16 week check-up and we were supposed to just have an OB exam and doppler for the heartbeat. I was giving Dr. Hsaio a hard time, bc since our last appointment we had decided to find out the sex, and we weren’t scheduled for an ultrasound until 20 weeks. Well….as he dopplered around I noticed that he kept finding MY heartbeat, but not baby Walker’s. He started joking around about how if we wanted to find the sex out today, he could go clear out ultrasound. We said, “ok” and he left. I turned to Jesse and said, “you know he is taking us to ultrasound bc he couldn’t find the baby’s heartbeat…right?” Jesse isn’t an idiot, he knew, and so we waited. As we walked to ultrasound, Dr. H casually mentioned that we will also get to hear the “hiding heartbeat”.
Oh hiding heartbeat. Why must you be so elusive? That day was my first belly ultrasound. I am more familiar with “the wand” so the gel was a shock to my system! As he moved the ultrasound tool around, we saw a little baby, wiggling its butt, and clearly asleep. We were used to seeing a dancing fetus, but today it was just chilling…chilling with a heartbeat of 148 bpm. JERK! Why you gotta scare your parents like that?! I was so focused on hearing that little heartbeat, that when Dr. H was shaking things around to get the baby to open its legs, I almost missed it when he said, “which one of you has something hanging between your legs? That’s right….it’s a boy”. That man cracks me up! As I wrote that sentence, I repeated it in my head in his voice. So yes…baby Walker is baby BOY Walker. We are big on boys in our family. Considering Fiona won’t allow us to bring in another girl, we dodged a bullet there!
So according to Dr. H and everything I read, I apparently should start feeling the baby in some form in the next few weeks. We got our preliminary chromosomal testing done and everything is checking out. We did one more big guns test, the Harmony test, to give us insight into anything else that may be going on. All in all, we are just chugging along. Not going to lie and say that I am not freaked out all the time. I am so afraid that something is going to go wrong, and since I don’t have another appointment until 12/5, I have to just hope all is ok. But other than all of the above, everything is good in baby Walker land!