“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Best Bear Ever!

So, on Monday, I had my third ultrasound.  We confirmed that Bug was definitely a girl and we checked out her heart to make sure all 4 chambers looked as they should.  Very cool.  The best part was being able to see her move...while simultaneously feeling her move.  I do not think that I can adequately explain how completely awesome that was.

Anywhoodle - the nurse, Susan, makes a suggestion at the end of my visit.. after I mentioned that I thought the sound of Bug's heartbeat was the coolest thing ever.  Build-a-bear has a Build-a-sound device which you can record sounds on before putting them in the bear.  She told me that if I called her on Thursday, a day they don't see patients, she would help me record my baby's heartbeat on one of them so that I could put it in a bear for an awesome keepsake.

Needless to say, I ran over to build-a-bear right after my appointment.  I bought 3 of the little devices.  I thought - what cool gifts for the impossible-to-buy-for grandparents!

Today - I went in to see Susan with the devices.  And, of course, for the first time ever Bug does not cooperate and it takes FOREVER to find her heartbeat loudly enough to record.   I wasn't paying for this visit, and yet, Susan sat in the patient room with me and the heart doppler for over half an hour to get four awesome recordings of her little heart pounding away.  (I also used my digital recorder so that I could upload it here).

Click below to hear Bug's heartbeat: 
Baby Still's Heartbeat

I couldn't help hugging this awesome woman before I left.  If anyone in the Columbus, OH area has a baby - I highly recommend my doctor and his staff.  Absolutely fabulous people.

After the appointment, I went to build-a-bear and had each of the devices put into a cute little bear. (I didn't want to get home and argue with myself over which bear to keep, so I used the same bear for all three).  I will be mailing one bear to each set of grandparents...and the third is for Mark and I.

Anywhoodle - I have to say that I absolutely adore Susan...and I'm already wearing out the digital recording of little Bug's heartbeat....it really is the coolest sound in the world.

Until next time...


  1. That is the most amazing thing, Mandy! I'm all choked up!!

  2. That is completely freakin' amazing! I am tearing up listening to the bug's heart beat...over and over again! I think I might wear out my computer! How wonderfully beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing!

    What an amazing journey this is. Thank you for including all of us!

  3. I love this and am going to share this great idea with a few others!

  4. Ahahaha, anywhoodle! I love you!

    That's a sweet gift! I'm totally going to steal this idea some day. I'm glad you had such a good day.


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