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Well, as time passes, the home front gets more and more manageable and, lo, the baby comes ever and ever closer.

Yesterday, Janelle and I went in for our major sonogram. This is the one where you don’t go to your regular doctor, you go to a sonogram technician. Our appointment was fast, lasting only about 20-25 minutes. It’s just like every other sonogram you’ll have. The doc places goo all over your partner’s tummy, and it looks pretty gross. Imagine smearing hair gel all over your stomach. It looks like that. Then they take their barcode-scanner-ish device and commence pressing it and rubbing it all over the abdomen.

It’s amusing to note the reckless abandon this is done with. Medical practitioners are keyed in to a vital fact most of us (who are not cage fighters) take for granted: humans are pretty durable, including babies. There’s a lot of poking, and then poking harder and, amusingly, when the baby was in the wrong position for a clear shot, a lot of jiggling of the scanner to try and prompt the baby to move a bit. Clearly a precise science.

The tech looks for things like spinal development, the presence of kidneys and lungs and four properly functioning heart chambers. He scopes the brain and checks for a cleft lip. They take measurements and just generally ensure things are doing well. Using nifty doppler-type radar they can even use a color overlay (that makes it look like you’re seeing things in Predator heat-vision) to watch blood flow to ID important things like the renal arteries. Cool.

It’s fun to see the baby like this, but a bit bizarre. The images are basically x-rays, so your kid ends up looking at once like a cute baby, a Halloween costume and Godzilla. I have some more thoughts on this, but I’m saving them for another post. Cut me some slack. I’m busy.

And no… we didn’t find out the sex. We had the tech put the info in an envelope so that the envelope could taunt us mercilessly like some Poe artifact. So, neener, neener. We don’t know and we’re not telling.

We are, however, sharing some images. So… without further ado:




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  1. #1 by Anne on January 13, 2010 - 1:05 PM

    How exciting! It’s great to know the baby is developing well. Any bets on how long you can hold out on opening the envelope? Is it secure? Can it be steamed open and re-closed? Waiting…

  2. #2 by Steve on January 13, 2010 - 1:12 PM

    I hear there’s a sonogram app for the iphone coming, ya just wave it over the fat belly and it spits out the price of the forth coming poop machine. 🙂

  3. #3 by Jessica Olson on January 13, 2010 - 1:27 PM

    Looks like a rock star baby to me!!

  4. #4 by Badmoodman on January 13, 2010 - 5:29 PM

    “And no… we didn’t find out the sex. We had the tech put the info in an envelope so that the envelope could taunt us mercilessly like some Poe artifact.”

    – – If the tech had a sense of humor, and wanted to ensure he frustrated any premature attempts at knowing the gender, he should have written “other.”

  5. #5 by Badmoodman on January 13, 2010 - 5:31 PM

    It’s a boy. I recognize that profile, he looks like you, Michael.
    Damnit, I looked.

  6. #6 by mscarpel on January 13, 2010 - 9:08 PM

    You know, I think we’ll be able to hold out a fairly long time. I keep forgetting we even have the envelope we’re so busy with other things.

  7. #7 by mscarpel on January 13, 2010 - 9:09 PM

    Hrm. I never knew that my whole life I had a huge, bulbous head like some Superman villain.

  8. #8 by Katherine! on January 14, 2010 - 11:06 AM

    Awwwwwwww! The middle finger picture is my favorite. Get ready!

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