Here at My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, we take Valentine’s Day very seriously. You see, we truly love our animals, the people we are surrounded by, and everyone who supports us! Once you have held and listened to one of our animals with a heartbeat pounding away, you too will fall in love!
I wanted to take a moment and write about our animals and who we are.
You see, I may be “just the blogger,” but the truth is that I love my job. I was welcomed into a family when I began writing for My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear. I knew that the product was a great idea, but in reality, I didn’t think much past that. That is until, I had a miscarriage. There is this little secret that isn’t shared in our society: holding life within can be as fleeting as a candle flame. The beautiful flame can be blown out, leaving a trail of smoke in its wake. You never think that it will happen to you, and to experience that lingering smoke can cause the heart so much pain. I realized that I had nothing, nothing, to remember this baby by.
I saw My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear in a whole new light after that. These gorgeous, soft animals were not just a nursery decoration, or a cuddly toy; they were a way to hold on to a secret. A secret of a heartbeat that needs to be remembered. All too often, as parents, we forget just how little our children were when we first met them. The tiny kicks felt while they grew within us are replaced by the tantrums and hard moments, the sheer exhaustion that comes with being a parent. It does not take losing a child to make you realize that you need that heartbeat memory. You need it to be reminded of the life you held, carried, and birthed. Whether birthed to the heavens above, or to the earth and watched grow into a toddler and child. That heartbeat becomes a tangible piece of history, a memory and reminder to hear your child, listen, and cherish all the moments.
Here I am at 34 weeks pregnant now with my rainbow baby. This being our 4th birth, 4th earth side baby, we don’t need much of anything. I will say though, that the moment we found out we were pregnant, I had a Heartbeat Animal (the fox!) sent in the mail. I then counted the weeks until my first midwife appointment where we would hear the heartbeat. It was an emotional moment to say the least. Tears of joy were shed. We now have that moment saved. A little stuffed fox is sitting atop a dresser full of tiny cloth diapers and newborn size onesies. Each time I walk by, I squeeze it just to make my day a bit happier.
The Heart and Soul Behind My Heartbeat Bear:
Purusha created the original Heartbeat Bear after following her passion for children, which led her on a journey to a career in pregnancy sonograms. She is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer with a specialization in OB/GYN. Over the years she scanned over a thousand mommies, learning just how amazing these moments were for everyone involved. Deciding to work for a private contractor so that she could give each woman the true sonogram experience they deserved, she soon created the Heartbeat Bear.
Having had a set of beautiful twins, Purusha knew just how miraculous it is to hear that tiny beating heart. Today, she has her 12 year olds and a rambunctious toddler running around! She is surrounded by love at home and at work, having most of her family working by her side, including her wonderful fiancé!
How to Record a Heartbeat Bear (or animal of your choice):
It really is easy. The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear kit comes with the stuffed animal and a red “heart” recorder. (A second recorder can be ordered to include a voice message from someone special, like a big sibling or grandparent.) Simply take the recorder to your ultrasound appointment and easily switch it on to capture 20 seconds of baby’s heartbeat. (If you have already recorded the heartbeat on your phone or on a CD, it can be transferred to the heart recorder.) Then, unfasten the Velcro closure on the back of the stuffed animal, insert the recorder into the interior drawstring pouch, knot the pouch, and finally re-fasten the Velcro. To listen to the heartbeat, simply press on the animal. To stop, press again, or simply wait 20 seconds!
It's so easy, my children figured it out! (At the ages of 6 and 4!) So don’t be intimidated.
I promise that you will love your heartbeat animal, and in turn love us.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your growing family.