Halfway There, Oscar!

Oscar turned 20 weeks today.  Happy birthday uteroversary, baby!

Jill recently pointed out my love of lists (if you ask me, lists are the letters of the 21st century) and so here's another one for the collection…

FIVE THINGS I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT PREGNANCY

1. Nobody ever tells you how scary the first trimester is.  You hear stories about how wonderful pregnancy is (and it is) but no one tells you how nervous and stressed out you'll be about every moment, especially for the first few months when something like 20% of miscarriages happen. 
2. Most medical practitioners count a pregnancy as ten months long, not nine.
3. It's a tough job but somebody has to volunteer to toughen up the nipples before the baby comes.   [Edit: First, I can't believe I posted this on the Internet.  Second, believe it or not, this point was Shea's idea, mainly as an excuse to use that emoticon.  Third, that little yellow guy isn't supposed to represent me as it may appear based on my wording.  It's supposed to represent a wash cloth – honest!]
4. There are people on YouTube who have a belly fetish and will bookmark videos of any belly-related clips including one of your wife getting a doppler ultrasound
5.  Contrary to what I thought when I was six, the belly button has nothing to do with the conception of a child. 

(Bonus: The baby's eyes aren't closed at birth – that's kittens!)

Comments 8

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    my son zach's eyes were closed at birth! He just did not want to exit the womb — it was too nice in there, and he'd heard what was on the outside — his big sister Lucy.
    he was so intent on staying in there that when the midwife tried to check his heart rate to see how he was handling the contractions, she noted that he was sound asleep. She said, we have to wake that baby up so we know how he is handling the contractions! She went off and came back with an alarm clock and pressed it against my belly. BRRRRRRIIIIIIIIINGGGG!
    He woke up. But darned if he didn't just fall back to sleep. He kept his eyes closed for quite some time. He ended up being a colicky baby — yes those ones that cry cry cry cry and have super sensitive everything — he was easily cold, loved eating etc. We called him our Sensitive New Age guy til ahem quite recently.
    He is almost 14. He still has a blankie, like Linus – only now it is relegated to bed-use only. He is a wonderful musician — plays sax, trombone and sings — an a wonderful chef — loves to cook, loves to eat.
    So, watch out for those babies born with their eyes closed!

    Posted 18 Jan 2007 at 3:51 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    re #1 – maybe it's because you're a guy. most of us gals know how scary the 1st trimester is – my sis-in-law just miscarried at 12 weeks 🙁
    I had heard #2 but didn't know the reasoning – lunar months make sense!
    I could've added so much to this list in the past few years as friends have babies…TMI!

    Posted 18 Jan 2007 at 8:18 pm
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    “Because you're a guy” is probably going to cover a lot of things – both for the past 4 1/2 months (or is it 5?) and for the next 18 years as well!

    Posted 19 Jan 2007 at 8:46 am
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    That's a great story – an alarm clock?!?

    Posted 19 Jan 2007 at 8:47 am
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    love the nursing emoticon. That makes me happy.
    Sunlight on the ol' nipples helps, too. Erm. Preferably *warm* sunlight, but, you know, you take what you can get.
    I wonder why folks don't mention the lunar calendar thing. It's confused me for years. Especially when you're taught in school that a typical gestation period for humans is 40 weeks…Huh.
    But about #5…I'm sure, in some instances, the belly button could be *part of* the conception of a child…
    On a completely TMI note, if you haven't started the perineal massage with Shea, now is a good time to start. It makes a HUGE difference. And that is all that's going to be said about that.
    It's getting very exciting!

    Posted 19 Jan 2007 at 7:24 pm
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    I was pleasantly surprised at all of the wonderful forms kegel exercises can take.
    Er, maybe that's a guy thing too.
    Mike

    Posted 20 Jan 2007 at 2:59 pm
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    Ah, man…my mother-in-law reads these comments! Too much information indeed!!

    Posted 23 Jan 2007 at 5:29 am
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    (See my reply to Cenobyte/Jill)

    Posted 23 Jan 2007 at 5:31 am
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