Twelve weeks and moving right along.

Today was a slightly longer doctor’s appointment involving blood work and a pap smear.

Until now, I’ve never had an audience during a pap smear, but decided that I wanted Brian to join in the prenatal fun.

Brian swears that he wasn’t looking.  The whole process gives him the heebie-jeebies.

While I’m quite happy to stick with female doctors (being a physically private person), Brian insists that it wouldn’t matter to him if I had a male doctor because “it doesn’t look like they’re having much fun” and “there’s nothing sexy about this.”  Naturally, I pretended to be offended that he didn’t find my mauve, open-in-the-front gown and pink, super-size paper towel for the lap to be “sexy.”  But he’s right.  It’s not sexy.

And rather than seeing a blinking bean on a monitor as before, I got some jelly on the belly and we heard the heartbeat today.  Naturally this was Brian’s favorite part of the appointment as neither of us were being interrogated for health history and no one was spreading any legs.

First, the doctor prefaced her attempt stating that if the baby was “hiding,” she might have a hard time finding the heartbeat.  Approximately three seconds later came the heartbeat with the doctor’s exclamation, “It’s an overachiever!”  I looked at Brian, “Yay!  Like me!”  Then we were all ears as the doctor measured the baby’s heartbeat and mentioned an old wives’ tale linking the rate of heart beats and gender.

Keeping that a secret for now.  😉

Recounting the details in the car, I asked Brian what he thought of the whole experience.

Brian, “It was cool hearing the heartbeat.”

Me, “Yeah?  What’d you think?”

Brian, “It was fast and strong.  It had the heartbeat of a Metallica song… Chug chug chug chug chug…”

Rock on.



  1. April 16, 2012

    Ha ha ha ha! ROCK ON!!!


  2. April 16, 2012

    The heartbeat sound is just as exciting at every appointment as it was today. I’m teary eyed again for you lol

  3. April 16, 2012
    Donna Hodson

    I can’t wait to hear if I am going to have a grandson or granddaughter:) Love and miss you both!!!!

  4. April 16, 2012

    My babies heart beat sound like a dog barking lol 🙂 .

  5. It’s definitely an old wives tale, but I will say that all my boys (5) have had lower heartbeats (low 140s), while my girls (3) had higher heartbeats (160s) . . . I think that is individual for different people though as well–friends have had girls with much lower heartrates. But I am definitely a “square piece” as well, and it makes me happy that my babies have all cooperated with me so far, in my need to have patterns and organization in random things like heartrates! : )

  6. April 16, 2012

    So great that you got to hear the heartbeat together!!!!!! Exciting stuff!!!!!! I’m ooooing and awwwwing for you. Love you!

  7. April 16, 2012

    Rock on Baby Spears, rock on! We are waiting for you.

  8. April 17, 2012
    cathy reidy

    omg! i figured this out from pinterest believe it or not. 🙂 i am so happy for you and can’t wait to sit in your chair next week and hear all about it! congrats!

  9. April 17, 2012
    Memaw & Grandaddy

    Suzy & Brian….THINK PINK !!!!

  10. I love these posts. And you too are a beautiful couple…I absolutely adore how you both are “living” each moment during this fantastic chapter of your life 🙂
    Rock on.
    (And I shall come visit across the street soon)

  11. April 17, 2012

    I love you sharing this experience, in total, with Brian. How wonderful to feel safe, secure and total trust in
    your mate. Beautiful story. Don’t worry about gender related to heartbeat. My doctor’s prediction was TOTALLY wrong. Never did have the boy I was expecting. In retrospect, who cares? Two healthy girls, now women. Happiness.

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