Friday, July 23, 2010

Baby Talk

Here he is.

Depending upon how you look at it, 3-D ultrasound pictures can look scary, or really neat.  :)

Having ultrasounds every two weeks is new for me.  I've had ultrasounds before, but usually just one per pregnancy.  I've always seen the basic outline pictures, recognized a nose or a chin - but I've never been able to see a little one so clearly before it is born.  Although I tend to think that 3-D ultrasounds look a little bit like a clay sculpture (that need a little smoothing out,) it certainly is a neat feature.  I feel like I will really know and recognize this baby by the time he arrives.

Even though I have frequent ultrasounds to check for blood velocity in the baby's brain, all is well.  Were we to try to graph problematic antigen levels, we could not.  Antigen levels are flat, and hopefully, they'll stay that way throughout.  With just 11 or so weeks to go, it looks like things will be just fine.

Baby boy looks a lot like our 5th son Ben to me.  All of the pictures have a little distortion/blurring around his lip, but the ultrasound tech says that's just because the cord crosses in front of his face and casts a type of shadow. 

The baby is a little bigger than average at this point, weighing around 2.4 lbs.   A good portion of that just might be cheeks.  The tech even said, "Wow.  He has chubby cheeks for this stage of the game!"   I'll tell you what, *I* feel plenty big.  So, maybe I'm growing a big boy.  We'll see.

In other family news, Jeff is slated to return to his work as a family counselor for a private social services agency August 3.  His healing from the last surgery has gone well, but he ended up with an irritated vertebrae in his neck that has probably bothered him even more than the surgery did.  He's had trouble sleeping and moving, so he has been visiting a chiropractor, hoping to have more flexibility before he returns to work.

My mother is having knee replacement surgery in August, and my father is having his hip joint replaced in September.  The baby is due in October.   Yes.  I know.  Crazy.  :)

As always, thanks for stopping by.  I have not given up on blogging, there's just been a million things that demand my attention right now.  I hope to see you all around!

God bless you -


  1. what a sweet little guy!
    Thanks for the updates!
    Karen from IN

  2. Awwwww! Thanks for sharing Holly.

  3. Holly,
    I loved seeing this baby picture! (And reading about him, too!) My heart melts! So precious!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hoping praying that all is well with healing, and back to work, and more surgeries, and caring for parents, and pregnancy, and... God Bless You!


  4. Oh Holly, what a precious,sweet face he has! He has such awesome cheeks for smooching. :D

    I am keeping you in my prayers - you have so much on your plate. I'm praying that God gives you the strength you need to get through it all, for the health of you and your family, and for an easy labor and delivery. That part of it is NEVER fun.


  5. Love the pic, Holly, and the great update, too. I'm so excited for you guys, and I'm glad Jeff will be back to work soon.

  6. Holly,
    We are expecting our eighth in October. This was the first time I had a 3D ultrasound done and I questioned the tech about the baby's facial features also. He (my son) looked like he needed plastic surgery in his first picture then the tech was about to get a better picture. Things have really charged since our first 21 years ago.

  7. Hi Everyone! So nice to see you. :) Such nice things said about my little clay sculpture up there, too. :)

    Dionne - congrats on your 8th in October! I didn't know that, did I? My oldest son is now 18, and you're right. Technology surely had advanced a lot since that time.