Friday, August 27, 2010

No Sweeter Sound

A few weeks ago I had what I believed was going to be my first OB appointment for this pregnancy. Instead it was a referral appointment that would send me on my way to receive the maternity care of my choice at still a later date. As I had waited 6 weeks for this appointment I was disappointed and frustrated to a certain extent, but for the most part I was relieved. You see, I wasn't ready to not hear our baby's heartbeat. Wingnut was on a trip, we had just had a bit of family crisis the night before, and I was absolutely terrified I would not hear a heartbeat. If you've ever experienced the trauma of a missed miscarriage, you know the feeling of abject terror of not hearing a heartbeat. I cried all the way to the doctor's office. When the option to listen for a heartbeat was not even offered I was completely relieved. There was no way I was going to stamp my foot and insist. I just could not handle it that day.

This Wednesday I was finally able to get in for our first visit with the nurse midwives at the birthing center we've chosen. This was one of the best prenatal appointments I've ever had. Not a soul in the center batted an eyelash over my age, in fact they said I was a young mom in comparison to some of their clients. Not a person scoffed at the number of children or pregnancies I've had. "7? That's a small family", they said. For the first time in my motherhood experience I will be allowed to have the birth I want for this child. We are thrilled! I was put so completely at ease, I wasn't even nervous when the time came to listen for that little thumpity-thump. It took mere seconds to find this little one's strong little heart beating away. There is no sweeter sound.
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9 comments:

Party of Nine said...

HOORAY!!!!! Did you go to SB?

Dawn said...

Beautiful post Maurisa. Keeping you and little one in prayer.

Young Mom said...

I know that wonderful feeling of joy and relief with you get to hear the heartbeat. Such a great moment! Congratulations!

Katherine said...

So happy for you!!! I got to hear our little one's heartbeat last week and it is just the most beautiful music.

Natalie said...

Congrats! I love my midwife, even though she wasn't there at both my boys births. The other midwives were wonderful and with Clark I was very pouty, but she just told me to "buck up and push!" lol

Sarah Oldham said...

Yay!!!!

Our Family said...

I am glad daddy and mommy go to hear #7's heart beat together. Can't wait to hold him/ her.

Walt said...

Hey Mau,

I am shocked at you!!! How could a woman at YOUR AGE with THAT MANY KIDS be able to even think of having another child. Look at the bunch you have now??? You have Shorty who is smart, tough and sassy...StatNut who smells bad but is a Seahawk and Mariners fan so he might not be too bad of an egg (I had egg salad for lunch so that is how I came up with the egg adjective)...Little O who is smart, quirky and has a beautiful smile...Angelina the Ballerina who can light the room up with her laugh...Kitty Kat Meow Meow who has enough personality to fill 10 kids and finally Lil' Wingster who laughs when his uncle says po@#*ie and can talk Star Wars intelligently...HOW DARE YOU BRING ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE INTO THIS WORLD!!!

Love Ya Mau,

YourBro

Seahawkfan said...

I smell good. And I WILL have a more beautiful smile than olivia when i get these stuid braces off and yes GO SEATTLE! O and u need to give me a new nickname... THEGUYTHATISBETTERTHANYOUANDWILLRULETHEWORLDANDWILLEATCHALUPASFORTHERESTOFHISLIFE

:)
O and Im smart... 2 plus 2 equals JP IS THE BEST