Lo- when you were a tadpole I still loved you

Nov 27, 2006

#Good News#Pregnancy#The Flinger Family

If the bible doesn’t come right out and say, “Thou lovest me even when I was froglike in the waters of amnio,” it should. Maybe in the old testiment right next to the Psalms. Or maybe it actually is in Proverbs. If it’s not we should all pencil it in. ‘Cause really.

After nightsweats and nightmarish visions of sliding to the doctor today, I woke up to find out they were more like premonitions than nightmares. With several inches of snow and a lovely sheet of ice beneath it, we hauled the family in to the hail and ice and braved what would commonly be known as “Interstate Five” if you could see it. It took us thirty five minutes to go three miles. Two accidents, three panic attacks and phone call to the doctor, we passed the worst of the “Convergence Zone” and made it to the doctor. By god, I was going to hear this kid’s heartbeat even if it meant passing out en route when a truck lost control behind us and just about slid us off the road.

Focus, Leslie, Focus. :: shudders ::

As it turns out, everything cleared up two exits down, not a stitch of snow on the ground and we made it to the appointment only 20 minutes late, which I’m proud to say I could accomplish without a blizzard or a toddler, thankyouverymuch.

We ran down the list of mandatory gigs. “Blood Pressure fine,” (shocking since I just about had a heart attack on the way there) “heartbeat fine, weight.. well, let’s say fine for now,” thanks for that. Then she asks if I have any concerns, “You mean aside from the regular ‘I hope this baby is still alive and I’m not puking for nothing?’ No, not really.” So we listen to the heartbeat.

And it was there.

Swoosh swoosh swoosh. She had no trouble finding it right on the front of my belly. She let me listen for a long while since I couldn’t stop smiling and Mr. Flinger was practically giddy. Swoosh swoosh swoosh.

I got dressed, got in the parking lot and fell to pieces. Actually, it wasn’t that romantic. I think it was in Safeway that I really fell to pieces. I think I mummbled something about loving a frog even before it can hop and tadpole-like-webbed-fingers and a tail and slobbered on about eyes moving to the center of its face. Or something. Then I gagged in the juice isle scaring off a little old lady, who probably thought I had avian flu.

Which I don’t. I have a fetus. Who is really in there, all legs and arms and sans tail now. I couldn’t be more proud.


  1. It is really the most wonderful sound.  I didn’t hear mine until 18 weeks this round, making the miracle truely hard to beleive, until I heard it.

    Congrats, again.

    By Andy on 2006 11 27

  2. Hooray! Your ordeal was worth hearing that lil’ heartbeat! Relax and pat that growing tummy.

    Uh, yeah - welcome to the convergent zone (I grew up here - it means nothing weather-wise happens anywhere else in Western WA, but it’ll happen right where YOU are!)

    I’m keeping my legs crossed (as in NO LABOR YET!)until “November Arctic Snow Blast 2006” thaws out (not likely since it’s 15 degrees here tonight and we have close to 14 inches of snow!!!)

    By AmyM on 2006 11 27

  3. WOO freaking HOO!!!  NOt rainb, nor snow, nor blizzard could keep you from hearing Coffee Bean’s heartbeat! smile

    Awesome!  It’s the best sound in the world, aside from their wailing entrance into the world!!

    I do not envy you…. with the snow.  I mean, it’s cold here in Cali… but to me, “cold” is below 50.  It’s 43 right now, and I’m freezing my balls off. Oh, wait.  They’ve already frozen off. wink

    By tjsmommy on 2006 11 27

  4. Congratulations. That’s fantastic.

    By Sallyacious on 2006 11 27

  5. I’m so happy for you! And be careful out there, mama. Snow? Man. It was 80 here today.

    By Colleen on 2006 11 27

  6. Hooray for swooshing. 

    And thanks a lot, punk.  You made me snort out the last sip of my beer with your juice-aisle gagging and avian-flu-having joke.  Do you know how painful it is, applying regurgitated beer to one’s nasal membranes?

    By Claire on 2006 11 27

  7. yay!  another little Flinger freak is on the way!

    (and I mean freak in the nicest possible way.)

    By Nicole on 2006 11 27

  8. Whee! What fun! The heartbeat part, not the driving part. YIKES. I saw that on the news and am having nightmares (premonitions?) about getting to the doc myself tomorrow! Three cheers for heartbeats though smile

    By Carrie on 2006 11 27

  9. Woot Woot for the Swoosh Swoosh. I remember when I first heard that swooshing, made me cry too.

    By Emily on 2006 11 27

  10. Wonderful news Les.  Absolutely wonderful!  Tell that little CB to keep letting you know that “he” is doing just fine!  Congrats my friend.  And congrats to the rest of the Flinger fam. too.

    By traci on 2006 11 27

  11. I am so happy for you!

    You really went through a lot to get there and hear that heartbeat.  I’m glad it was so loud and clear for you!

    By Friglet on 2006 11 27

  12. Your description of the trip had me choking.  Seriously too vivid!

    I so want to hear the swoosh, swoosh, swoosh too.  I’m very happy for you.

    By mdvelazquez on 2006 11 28

  13. Yahoo!!!  Gotta love that swoosh, swoosh, swoosh!

    By snarflemarfle on 2006 11 28

  14. Happy Day!  (Minus the sliding around on the ice part!)

    By Holly on 2006 11 28

  15. It never gets old does it?

    By texasbelle on 2006 11 28

  16. Yay!  Yay!  Yay!  That swoosh, swoosh, swoosh is just the best.

    Oh, and I have to admit I’m jealous of your snow.  I live in Minnesota for the love of god and it’s been 50+ degrees outside for over a week now!  It is not the holiday season without at least some freezing temperatures!  Yes, I am a freak.

    By Kristina on 2006 11 28

  17. Yay, yay, yay!

    By Mariselle on 2006 11 28

  18. ::sniff:: I hope I’ll get all mushy about the second one. With this’un I was just a bundle of ambivalence the whole freakin’ time. Upon which my mom blames all the baby’s “issues” - you weren’t bathing that baby in enough happiness!

    So, if you believe that crock, CB is going to be one happy, mellow babe!

    By Laura on 2006 11 28

  19. Yep, that “swoosh swoosh swoosh” is like an angel’s song… especially to a mom who’s been through as much as you have!  YAY little CB!  smile

    Oh, and the part about penciling in the new lines in the Bible… F’ING PRICELESS.  You SLAY me Les!

    By Katie Kat on 2006 11 28

  20. Congrats!!  how exciting!  The heartbeat must melt everything smile You are so good, even with all the stress you had, your blood pressure and everything is good. glad that you guys get to the dr. safely.

    By Kerry on 2006 11 28