Baby’s got a birthdate…

Providing he doesn’t come out on his own, Number Two now has a birthdate, hand-picked by my OB. December 14 will be the day when our lives change forever, when another adorable, goofy little boy will be brought into the world. Though I still feel like a cheater for setting a date to have him extracted, I’m much more relieved now that a tentative plan is in place. Especially since my body is once again not cooperating with the idea of natural birth!

At my appointment yesterday we discovered a number of interesting things about the baby still taking up residence in my womb. First, he looks quite a lot like his brother, as much as you can tell from an ultrasound, that is. Chubby cheeks, button nose, big rosebud lips. Second, he’s got hair. It amazes me the things these sonographers can make out of a black and white blob. Third, he weights approximately 8 lbs. currently. Hoping for a happy, healthy 9 lb. boy just like his older brother.

New Baby's Face

Can you see his face? If not, stand back from your screen a bit and tilt your head to the right.

Baby's Face, closeup

How about now? Still blurry, but pretty amazing for hiding under flesh and fluid!

Now comes the time when I can safely panic a little inside. Still so much to do, and only two weeks to do it. Bring on the weekend!

Today’s link:
I ran across this Stretch Marks Photo Gallery and it struck me as odd, at first. After some consideration, though, I realized that there’s really nothing to fret over. I’m the proud owner of more stripes than I can count, but I have one (soon to be two) beautiful boys to show for it. Battle scars. Beautiful battle scars. Cassie Fox, a photographer, has gained small-time internet fame for the following poem, featuring a photo of her own “ugly” belly:

“A mark for every breath you took, every blink, every sleepy yawn. One for every time you sucked your thumb, waved hello, closed your eyes and slept in the most perfect darkness. One for every time you had the hiccups. One for every dream you dreamed within me.

It isn’t very pretty anymore. Some may even think it ugly. That’s OK. It was your home. It’s where I first grew to love you, where I lay my hand as I dreamed about who you were and who you would be. It held you until my arms could, and for that, I will always find something beautiful in it.”

2 thoughts on “Baby’s got a birthdate…

  1. Wow! I’ve been reading your blog since Tracy added it to the digest. I think I would be bawling everyday if I was in your shoes! You are absolutely amazing!
    I do have a question, and I’m sure you know since you’ll be on maternity leave again, are two maternity leaves in one year covered by the FMLA? Will you be penalized any for the second baby? I always worry because it seems like working mothers get the shaft all too often, especially if they’re not full time (but I think I read that you are full time). Anyway. Good luck! Two baby’s first Christmases in one year, crazy!

    • Hi Katherine! Thank you for following my crazy (soon to be crazier) life! With my first pregnancy I took 10 weeks off beginning January 3, 2011. Within this year I have two weeks left on FMLA leave (which will be exhausted before my “year” begins again on January 3, so no, my employer isn’t obligated to hold my job until I’m able to return. However, with advance notice and prior agreement I’ve been given tentative notice that I’ll still be employed. I am very thankful to have such a great workplace, as it was totally left to the discretion of my employer whether or not I could return to my position!

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