baby pregnancy and birth

Happy Sounds: Hearing the Heartbeat for the First Time

November 22, 2011

Today has been a full day full of happy sounds: enjoying time with a friend who Hana Kate also happens to adore (Eden professes similar adoration, but prefers to observe from within a 1-foot-radius of her mommy’s arms.), preparing and making food (which HK also happens to adore), and getting to Skype with one of my best friends and one of Hana Kate’s best friends (who Eden also happens to adore). ๐Ÿ™‚ And rounding out the day, we also got to hear the heartbeat of our baby for the first time: a very happy sound!

I recorded this video with my phone, mostly so I could record the audio. (I believe there are actually less complicated ways to do this. ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I didn’t think of the fact that I was recording my feet instead of the faces of the rest of my family. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hearing a baby’s heartbeat for the first time is a beautiful sound, and it’s also reassuring to me that the weeks of morning sickness I’ve experienced aren’t just a placebo effect from seeing a positive pregnancy test.

And some other happy sounds for the day: HK read several words (“cat,” “dad,” “mom,” and “hat”)ย to our friend Leah!.

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  • Kim December 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    super sweet, Keren. And your feet are definitely cute enough for a video. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • slcb December 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    i couldn’t comment on this post the day you wrote it, simply due to the fact that the day before (11.21), at my OB appointment, there was no heartbeat for my baby.

    one day, when God gives my husband and me another child (Lord willing!), i’ll be able to really know what a beautiful sound that is.

    congratulations, keren and daniel. enjoy your most precious gifts.

    • Keren December 23, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks for commenting now, and thanks for sharing. The little life you had for such a short time has a purpose in God’s perfect plan.

      So heartbroken to hear of your loss. ((hugs))

      Praying for you.

      And I know you read this before, but in the words of CCJ:

      “[P]erhaps the difference between how we and the world sorrow is that we sorrow more, not less, and in our sorrowing we are entering in some mysterious way into Godโ€™s sorrow. We grieve individual losses, estrangements, prodigals, broken-down lives, the shattered dreams; he grieves a world of losses, a world of shattered dreams. We suffer the blinding ache of a parent over a prodigal child; he feels the same ache for a prodigal planet. His is the distress of a master craftsman over a masterpiece destroyedโ€“for the way things are is not the way he meant for them to be. As we grow in likeness to Jesus, we will be gripped by the same sorrow over what is wrong in this world and over our part in it, and we too will weep.”