Friday, February 20, 2009

Week 15 tummy

Today is amnio day.

I have to say, I'm relieved. I stressed about this endlessly, and eventually, I kind of fretted myself out. I think it's going to be fine, I really do.

You're supposed to arrive with a full bladder. Although this time, I'm going for moderation.

The last time I went in for an ultrasound, I'd chugged almost a liter of water (they said full, right?). And I had another half-liter at the ready, in case I wasn't full enough for them.

Turns out I was. They had to keep stopping and sending me to the bathroom, because the little lemon wasn't in a great position and didn't really have room to move.

It was kind of wild. She showed me my bladder filling (all that insidious water, continually sneaking in). And then she'd send me off to pee again.

In case you have to have one of these. A liter is overkill.

I assumed the full bladder was so that the baby would get pressed forward so that it would be easier to see. Like, you know when you were a kid, and you mashed your face against the airplane window, trying to see what's below, or count clouds or whatever? Admittedly, I still do this.

Anyway. That's what I was picturing.


  1. Is that a baby in an egg? If so, bravo :)

    If not, bravo anyway! Your tummy looks great!

  2. Well, I was going for more of an airplane window, but I suppose egg makes more sense, no? In any case, my Photoshop drawing skills are limited...And thanks. This week feels like a big belly jump clothes-wise.

  3. I thought that was the ultra-sound screen in the drawing - which made me look at the belly photo above completely differently. You know, now that I can tell how the baby's positioned and all.

  4. Well, yes, you're right. This is where my conceptual skills + execution fall down. It was the airplane window vision of how the baby would look mashed by the bladder and viewed with ultrasound. Salvador Dali, I am not. Alas.

  5. It looks like you're hatching your baby from that drawing! That would probably be much easier on you... just poop it out and then sit on it for awhile and hatch a little child! Much more convenient than that vaginal birth thing.

  6. I'll be thinking of you today. And frankly, I think you did a better job than they're able to do with those ultrasound thingies. You can barely even see where the baby is, in the ones the doctors do!

    I love this mental image. :o)

  7. Look at your tummy! It just blows my mind what the human body can do.

    Like hold all that water, for example. How did you not burst?

  8. Interesting, makes sense that they would want to push everything forward. I hope it looks good down there, and that your kid isn't too mashed.

  9. This is one of the cutest things I've read...


  10. I would have thought that it'd be a grapefruit by now. Or maybe a small orange?

  11. Stick figure babies hatching from eggs and adorable mommy's with the tummy pics to prove it. All I can say about the ultrasound is peeing never felt as good as it did after that.


  12. I'm thinking of you today, and hoping that all goes absolutely wonderfully.

  13. I think the kid looks more like Nick.

  14. JoLee - I WISH I were hatching the kid! Would be much more fun.

    Dagny - It all went OK, thanks. As for the ultrasound pics - it is definitely looking more like a human than a blob, but still, they have to tell you what's what, for sure!

    Lisa - I know. The whole thing is craaazy to me. And I think I have a pretty spectacular bladder, if I may say so myself.

    J - It was good this time! They said that your bladder actually does push the kid forward, and this was a good amount for what they needed to do.

    LiLu - Hugs to you, sweetie.

    Sophie - You are not kidding! What a lovely relief!

    Luna - Thank you. I appreciate it. I'm curled up in bed with my laptop. Doing work, but still, so nice from home.

    FreckledK - And it probably will. As long as it doesn't get his older sister's nose...

  15. Sarah - Oops - I missed you. Yes, by now it's the size of an apple or orange, depending on the baby website. Not to compare apples to oranges or anything. But a few people have called it a little lemon, and I like that.

  16. Funny, the baby in the airplane window makes absolute and total sense to me. I like how your mind works.

  17. Your belly is really starting to pop out so little lemon must be really growing!!! And I love your thoughts about little lemon trying to see out like in an airplane!!

  18. Amnio? As in amniocentesis? Or do you mean ultrasound? Either way, hope it goes well.

  19. That is a great drawing and thought track. I can't stop giggling. Hope you and the lemon are doing well!!

  20. There is a little being in your stomach! Awwww!

    Seriously your "baby home" is adorable. I just got a "baby" this weekend - I adopted a kitten- and my maternal instincts are out in full force.

    As for the water thing, I would have totally been toting around one of those big Poland Spring jugs, too.


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