Half baked!

Q: When is the one time parents are overjoyed that their child labeled “completely average?”
A: When it’s a doctor talking about their baby’s heart and brain measurements. 

Mbungo, it seems, is perfectly average!  The 20 week ultrasound went off without a glitch this week.  And as for me, I apparently have a “beautiful cervix.”  (I told the doctor I wasn’t surprised–it’s the first thing people usually notice about me.)

I had been really, really freaked out for the ultrasound for, oh, about 20 weeks or so.  I knew we’d be going back to the same place where I was scared out of my mind as I got an amniocentesis; where Angelo was diagnosed with T13; and where the final ultrasound confirmed that my baby had died in utero.  I didn’t blog about all of my anxiety and the nightmares because I didn’t want my fear to get the idea it was boss around here, and I have to say that the week leading up to the appointment was the calmest one of my pregnancy.  Take that, fear!

People ask me if I feel a huge relief now, knowing my baby is healthy, and sometimes I do.  But I’ve read too many stories and know way too much about what can go wrong to perfectly healthy babies to start counting this chicken before it hatches.  He moves a lot now, and instead of being comforted by each movement I’m scared that he’s getting the cord wrapped around his neck.  That’s a fear I haven’t smacked into place quite yet.

Oh!  And I sent out a couple of these cards…


…with this poem inside:

This card is more than
It first appears
It has a secret for you
If the card is pink
we’re having a girl
But if we’re having a boy…
it’s blue!

And just in case you have a black-and-white monitor:


Does that make this a porn site?  If it does, you’re all a bunch of PERVS!

Cheese Souffle
Crab stuffed avocado
Biscuits and jam

14 thoughts on “Half baked!

  1. You just need to tell Fear to back off, because you deserve to enjoy this. Said the woman who didn’t stop checking her baby’s breath at least once a night until he turned 1…. I get it. pregnancy/babyhood/everything is scary. Still, he’s already an awesome kid and I think I speak for all of your readers when I say we already love the little cuss.

  2. Congratulations! I’m glad the little guy is perfectly average. And I’m sure things will go well for the rest of your pregnancy. Try to relax as much as possible; I know it’s hard.

  3. Thank YOU! I only had girls, and haven’t seen a boy ultrasound yet, and it really is clear as day, huh! We are beyond thrilled for you and for Vincenzo as he will have his own baby turtle to follow him around now.

  4. We are so happy for you and the not so little nipper…tell K I said he must take after his father;) (I know it (I was going to say inflates but that seems too gross so insert your own word) the male ego when things are not nubby. GLad to hear all went well and that this is now behind you.

  5. Congrats to you and Kevin! Vincenzo will now have a little brother to play with!

    I usually check your blog daily but had gotten behind with the move and new job and everything. It was such a treat to read over the past few weeks of entries….and this one in particular brought a big smile to my face!

  6. OMG that’s definitely a boy!! Congratulations!!

    I’m sure it’s a relief to have that u/s over–try to relax if you can!!

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