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.
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!
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.”