Tim and LarsHeartbeat!
At the doctor’s office we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat. It is an incredible sound that just fills you with emotion. The doctor informed us that everything was good, the baby was healthy and the pregnancy was proceeding well.
The ultrasound a week later was truly an incredible experience. I had no idea they were able to find out so much from an ultrasound. They were able to see all four chambers of the heart, verify they were normal size, verify that the blood flow in and out of the heart was good. The technician also checked the umbilical cord and the blood flow in and out of the cord. She also measured the baby’s head, arm bone and femur, and verified they were normal, and that the baby is on target for size and growth. She also checked the spine to verify there was no strange curvature. She also checked for a cleft palate (which there is none).
Overall, our baby is very healthy with no signs of problems. And of course the important question (so cover up your monitor if you don’t want to know): There’s a 95% certainty we’re going to have a baby girl! Our little daughter to be will certainly be a very lucky and loved little baby. She is scheduled to join us on July 8, 2005.
How this happened I’m sure is on the top of your list of questions. She is (and will always be) my biological daughter. She is planned and most definitely wanted. The activity around my becoming a father started in the beginning of 2004. Her biological mother is an anonymous egg donor, and she’s being carried to term by a surrogate mother.The Home Stretch
We’re hitting the home stretch. Our baby is due any day now. We had a few false alarms, as our surrogate called to say she had gone into the doctor’s because of pain in her back (that’s how her previous labor started with her second child).
Our surrogate is dilated to two centimeters at this point and she’s had irregular contraction patterns. The doctor tells us this means it could be as much as week or as little as a day before the baby comes. So we just sit in anticipation and jump every time the phone rings!It’s a girl!
Our little girl decided she was going to rest a while, so after she was late in coming, the doctor decided to induce labor on July 13. So Lauren joined us on the 13th of July, 2005 at 4:21 PM. She weighed 7lbs 10oz at birth and was 20.5 inches long. Since then, she’s continued to do well, and today has a healthy appetite, and has begun to fill out her features.And Life Goes On …
“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” ~Elizabeth Stone
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