Posted by: chicagoshells | May 24, 2012

Heartbeat :)

Our first appointmnt was today.  I’ve been anxious about it all week, worrying that something would be wrong, then worrying that we just wouldn’t know– that we wouldn’t have an ultrasound, that it would be too early to hear the heartbeat on the doppler, that we would leave with no more information than we had going in.  In fact, we did have an ultrasound, and were able to both see and hear that incredible little heartbeat– perfect and strong at 168 beats per minute.  Our official due date is December 29, 2012.  I am completely ecstatic.

Some of my worry before the appointment was due to what I can now look at as a good thing– Trouble is feeling pretty good.  She’s tired, and has some different preferences in terms of food, but that’s basically it.  The pain in her boobs has subsided (although the increase in size remains), and she has had pretty much no nausea.  Now that I know everything is moving along as it’s supposed to be in there, I can just be happy about her being one of the lucky ones!  Not that I’m naive enough to think this is a guarantee that things are going to be fine, but…one more hurdle completed.

In other life events…I’m currenly between jobs until the beginning of August, which is wonderful– I’ve been working 6 days a week since January 2011, except of course for those lovely weeks when I couldn’t walk.  We have some trips planned– I’m going to see my parents and some friends on the East coast, then we’re going to drive around Lake Michigan next month, and then a cousin is getting married in Colorado in July– which I’m now looking forward to even more, knowing they will likely be our last real couple-vacations for awhile.  I have been seeing a therapist to deal with the PTSD issues from the accident, and I think she (OK, and the anti-anxiety medication she put me on) have really been helping.  The civil case against the bar is settled, and the criminal trial is moving along and will hopefully be settled this summer.  I’m actually seeing closure on this in the nearish future, which, as we move into this next chapter of our lives, is pretty comforting.



  1. All sounds great! Our due date is Jan 11th but seeing as I have two in there I suspect they might show up early!

  2. Congrats on the great hb!

  3. Hi! Finally catching up–glad to hear about the heartbeat! Also, if you’re interested, we’re having a queer mom potluck on June 23rd. I’d love to meet you in person! Email me at isaura99 @ and I can send the address, etc. 🙂

    • Ooh, I’m definitely interested…let me talk to my wife and let you know 🙂

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