Waiting Welton's

Today, we went for our "early ultrasound" as we did not have a precise due date. As we waited to see the technician that would give us our first glimpse of our developing bundle of joy, I could feel the pressure in my bladder building by the minute. Once in the ultrasound room, the technician explained what was about to happen. She explained that she would have to apply lots of pressure to get a good view of the fetus. I figured, "short term pain, for long term gain (i.e. have a defined due date). At first she had difficulty finding the baby, then she spotted the amniotic sac. She then pressed even harder and there on the screen, in a very grainy image, was what she pointed at and described, the head and the rump. Although, I barely recognized what I was staring at, I took this stranger's word that I was looking at my child, my baby, my little boy or little girl.
My fiancée, was just as excited as I was, then the technician said "now I have to prove that there is a heartbeat", I don't remember what I did, but my honey held his breath, then then with even more pressure, (I thought for sure I was going to wet my pants) she exclaimed "see that little fluttering in the center, that's the heartbeat". My fiancée pumped his arm and said "yes!". (The same way he does when his cheering helps his favorite team score a goal.) It was the first moment that I realized that he was just as excited about being pregnant as I was.
As the appointment resumed, she told us that our bundle of joy was 2.5 centimeters long, and estimated to be 9 weeks and 3 days old (approximately 3 weeks older then I had guesstimated), our expected due date is now January 21st, 2011. My fiancée and I both looked at each other and laughed, as we are both January birthdays and it just seemed providential, that our family all had the same birth month.