At six weeks, the baby’s heart will be beating, and it will begin its first (unfelt) movements.
We opted out of the early dating ultrasound this time. I really feel called to walk in faith during this pregnancy, with less reliance on medical interventions. That’s not to say that we won’t make use of medical interventions when they seem necessary, just that I don’t want to turn to them at every possible instance. This early dating ultrasound, for instance, really serves no necessary medical purpose. It can reassure us that there is a heartbeat, and that things are going well, but there is really nothing to be done to assist the baby if things are not going well. It’s purpose is only to give us a due date, which we could also get if we waited for the 18-week ultrasound (or, indeed, if we waited for the date to arrive!)
I am not against early dating ultrasounds. We have always opted to have them in the past. But this pregnancy is different. It is like a surprise gift from God, and I want it to remain a surprise as much as possible.
Of course, my other pregnancies were also precious gifts from God, but they were planned for, prayed for, tried for. They were gifts that we had pleaded with God to receive. They were answers to prayer.
This pregnancy is a beautiful, wonderful, welcome surprise! We did not ask for, pray for, or “try for” this baby. Neither were we trying not to get pregnant. So this pregnancy feels like an unexpected gift. I just don’t want to be unwrapping it before it’s given.
It’s the difference between asking for something for Christmas, or receiving a surprise gift. Either way, it is a gift, and either way, it is equally precious. But since God gave us this pregnancy as a surprise, I want to leave it that way.
So no medical intervention that is not medically necessary. And certainly no finding out the gender!
Just for fun, here is Busy Boots, who is my fourth child, and the first who looks like me. After all the comments the other three get of “Oh, they look just like your husband!,” it is so much fun to have one who looks like me.