Wednesday, January 11, 2006

"Your mother should know"

For those in need of orientation, she's upside down with her feet invisibly tucked away, so she resembles a mermaid doing a headstand.

Yes, she! I am happy to announce the results of the Great Gender Gamble of '05: MOM wins, Emily loses. Hence my tribute--and "Baby Clare" is tapdancing away (upside down, presumably, so clearly the girl has some talent) to the Beatles as I write, I suppose also to show her appreciation through interpretive dance. Way to go, Ma! Despite my lingering reservations regarding the scientific validity of the 'no heartburn=girl baby' hypothesis, MOM called it, and therefore has the remaining 20 weeks to gloat.

Apparently, it's not simply the absence of male equipment that indicates it's a girl, but it's possible to see the beginnings of female genitalia as well. Amazing.

Our ultrasound technician very helpfully talked through all the different measurements she made of all the many and various baby parts she measured--a very long process, but (of course) endlessly fascinating (for us). She measured everything from the length of the femur (clearly visible, by the way, in the picture above--it's the little white line near the top) to head circumference, girth and length and weight, and then weird measurements like "the nucal fold" on the back of the neck (one of about a dozen indicators for Down's syndrome). Every time she measured something she would give a little satisfied head nod or grunt, unconsciously I think, but very reassuringly nonetheless.

We saw her suck her thumb in there. I don't have any words for that. I wish we had captured it in the pictures we got to take home, but she's a little uncooperative. Hmph.


6 comments:

travis stanley said...

Wonderful! You're having a little preacher girl, too. Great crotch shot, by the way (How many times can you say that and it be okay?). Our obsence daughter was also eager to let it all show (just she wasn't standing on her head).

TKP said...

Yay, she can join the GASB Baby Club. I'll get her a pink onesie. :)

priscilla said...

Yippee.
Your little boy doesn't have to wear all our pink hand-me-down clothes.

GO PINK! (we have plenty, by the way).

Welcome home.

scott said...

Congrats. Nothing beats a girl. But Tracy had monster heart-burn with our girls.

JTB said...

HA! Wait till MOM reads that. I bet she dismisses it as anamolous data and goes on...

jch said...

We're so excited around here. Aren't those sonos amazing? Did you get to see a 3/4D image? Wow! And congrats, Mom, for calling it.