We heard the baby’s heartbeat this morning. It was surreal. I have been nervous over the past month thinking about the headaches and all the medication I had to take, and worrying over the fact that I’m 14 weeks pregnant and haven’t gained an ounce. Is something wrong? Is the baby not thriving? But as soon as the nurse placed that device on my belly…there it was. A rhythmic woosh, woosh, woosh that I will never forget. I thought I would get teary-eyed, but instead I laughed. The more I listened, the more I laughed. And then Patrick laughed at me for laughing.

It feels real now.