Wowee! I had my first appointment with our midwife today, and heard our baby's heart beat for the first time. After managing not to cry I couldn't wipe the smile off my face.
At 15 weeks pregnant I'm not really showing yet or feeling anything and was starting to wonder if there really was a baby growing inside me, since the nausea has passed and I'm feeling quite okay (except for getting tired easily), but another heart beat has made it all much more real. I think I must be at the quiet before the storm phase.
By this stage we would have already had one ultrasound in Australia, but DH and I have chosen not to have routine ultrasound after reading the chapter UltraSound Scans - Cause for Concern? in Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah J. Buckley. A book I highly recommend written by an Australian Doctor with 4 of her own children, all of whom where born at home.
Anyway, I was very happy and excited.
The photo up top there is titled The baby and the heart, IC1805, IC1848 in Cassiopeia from the photostream of Trois Merlettes. It is a photo of two large star nurseries, IC 1848 (top) and IC 1805 (bottom). IC 1805 is kinda heart shaped right? and apparently the baby has so much room in the uterus at this stage it is like floating around in space.