Baby’s Coming

Last week Laura and I took a tour of the Labor and Delivery area at the hospital. It’s starting to sink in that we’ll actually be having a kid in a little more than a month. Meanwhile what was our guest room is filling up with a crib, bouncy chair and other baby regalia, while the back seat of the Buick already has a car seat in place. Strange to think how much stuff this kid has and it isn’t even here yet.

I put together a page for Laura’s mom where I could post photos and other goodies related to baby, and then I decided to pretty it up a bit so anyone interested could poke around.

UltraSound: 18 weeks

On Dec. 10, Laura and I went in for an ultrasound and got a peek at our first child, now 18 weeks along. The little rascal was very active, covering its face, kicking and wiggling, but eventually they got a couple of clear shots.

Ultra-sounds look like black and white negatives in motion, but below, I’ve reversed the black and white areas to give a clearer idea of what’s going on. The image at left is face on, with the baby’s mouth open in a yawn and the left hand held up at head level. This angle gives what the technician calls the standard “Alien shot.” On the right is a profile of the baby looking up and to the right, with a clear outline of the nose and forehead. Here it’s much more clearly a human baby and not an ET. In fact the kid looks more “human” at this point than some ultra-sounds we’ve seen of babies even further along. Which is good news, as far as we’re concerned…if we’re going to be bragging about how cute this kid is, looking human is kind of a prerequisite.