...and bought a doppler.
I've always had mixed feelings about home dopplers, and went back and forth a lot at the beginning of this pregnancy about whether or not I was going to get one. Ultimately I decided not to, as I was afraid it would stress me out if I couldn't find a heartbeat.
Well, that all changed this week. For some reason I felt compelled to order one. I started feeling like I needed something to reassure me during my occassional moments of panic in between appointments. Up until now I've been able to have ultrasounds every couple weeks, which has helped keep me sane. But now my appointments are going to start being every 4 weeks, and I started feeling like I just wouldn't be able to handle the wait. So I ordered one, and it arrived yesterday.
I had been tracking the shipping and knew that it was going to be waiting for me when I got home after work. I was like a giddy school girl all day, just waiting for 4:00 to come. I contemplated waiting until Jeff got home to try it, but I was like a kid with a new toy and couldn't stand seeing it sitting there in front of me and not play with it. So I tried it, and it didn't take me long to find both heartbeats.
For anyone considering getting a doppler, I highly recommend not trying it until after your doctor has used one on you. I remembered where my OB had it placed when he found the heartbeats, so I immediately went to those same spots, and there they were! The placement of the wand is so much lower on your belly than I would have thought - like, right at your pubic hair line to be blunt. If I hadn't already seen it done by my doctor, I think I would have been searching up closer to my belly button, and then freaking out for not finding it.
We used it later last night after Jeff was home. For some reason it took me a lot longer to find them the second time. I don't think the doppler is measuring the correct heart rates though. Maybe because they are still too small and the sound is too faint yet to get an accurate reading?
I'm going to try and only use it once or twice a week for peace of mind. I say that, but then I've already been getting excited today at the thought of checking again once I get home. I'm afraid this may turn into a bad habit...