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Now that Baby Eva is two-and-a-half months old, I finally took the time to edit together the photos we took of my belly each week after the fourth month of pregnancy. (Before that there wasn’t enough tummy expansion to warrant a photo every week.)
These photos basically tell the story of how I spent most of 2012.
(Cross-posted at HeyElise.com)
Well folks, the fetus is now a tiny human. She (yes, it turns out fetus was a lady) is now home from the hospital after a quick delivery and a less-than-24-hour stay. I awoke Saturday morning with contractions — which happened to be the same day my parents were getting to town from Amsterdam to support us postpartum — and by Saturday night, Eva Blythe Hu-Stiles made her grand entrance.
Like a good journalist baby, she waited until right up against her deadline to arrive. (She was due on Sunday.) The metrics: 8 pounds, 2 ounces and 22 inches long. Full head of black hair (which the nurse and midwife made me very aware of while she was crowning) and dark blue eyes, for now.
As for the name, I just needed to pick something simple that any of my Chinese relatives could pronounce, hence Eva with the Spanish pronunciation. Blythe is after Matty’s late paternal grandmother, who worked in a newsroom and was a supporter of the civil rights movement way before it was cool.
Just as she was awesome as a fetus, Eva has been awesome as a baby, sleeping for long stretches, eating lots and passing all her random medical tests with flying colors. Thanks to all of you for your love and support during the pregnancy, as I know the real ride is just beginning.
P.S. While she’s in town, my hobbyist photographer mom is taking some fun shots of Eva, which inspired me to start Eva Everyday, a tumblr that posts a select Eva photo each day. Check it out if you’re interested.
Saving this for posterity. Our DC pals came over for a weenie roast the other day, and folks tried to guess when the baby would arrive, whether it would be a boy or girl, and how much he/she will weigh in at.
Our nearby children’s hospital is one of the few in the country that performs Fetal MRI’s, which allow researchers to study brain development in utero and how that might be connected to say, heart defects.
So I got asked by our midwife to take part in one of these studies, which often need “normal controls”. (Fetus is “normal,” apparently.) Just got back some photos from the Fetal MRI we got this week, at 32 weeks.
We still don’t know the sex (so if you can tell what it is please do us a solid and don’t tell us), but I do feel for my poor little baby who seems to be really crammed up in there without much space.
Also, the fetus seems to have gigantic feet.
I’m not going to post any sonogram photos of the fetus for fear that will scare the crap out of you (my friends are particularly weirded out by the newer 3-D full-color ones that look like claymation figures). But I went in for my nearly six month checkup today and everything was cool. Matty has never heard the baby’s heartbeat because I usually only ask him to go to sonogram appointments since the rest of my checkups have been so dull.
But here’s fetus, proving he/she is there with a nice steady heartbeat of 140 beats per minute:
*Thank you Justin Bieber for contributing that to the lexicon.
Cross-posted on HeyElise
Yep. I’m slowly wrapping my brain around this situation.
The Chinese think it is highly auspicious to have a “dragon baby” — a child born in the Year of the Dragon. (Women in China are rushing to get fertility treatments because a dragon baby is apparently too lucky to be left to chance. Crazy, right?) The Wall Street Journal reports:
Being aligned with cosmic forces is important in Chinese culture. The year of the dragon is supposed to be particularly fortunate for babies, marriages and businesses. Those born as dragons are “the strongest, smartest and the luckiest—supposedly,” says Yibing Huang, a professor of Chinese literature and culture at Connecticut College.
Chinese often schedule important life events to take advantage of the luckiest times. A recent lunar year that spanned two springs spurred a spike in weddings. And even though births are trickier to plan, in 2000, the most recent year of the dragon, 202,000 more babies were born in Taiwan than a year earlier, according to the Taipei Times citing government statistics.
I was personally way less interested in a dragon baby due to my own zodiac sign: the dog. It is the sign that’s least compatible with the dragon, and I already have one dragon to contend with — my husband. Now, barring unforeseen events, I’ll have two dragons to go up against. Grrrrreat.
Observation: My going vodka-free has created cascading problems. But the fetus has been awesome to me. Wouldn’t have been able to enjoy Costa Rica, assorted work travel and/or all the SXSW magic — Jay Z, Radiohead, etc — while sick. Fetus is always game to party. “Of course it is,” Fiscus said. “It is YOUR baby. Even if it looks like Matty.”
ME: My eggo is preggo.
REEVE: Holy shit.
ME: I’m pregnant.
JAVAUN: [Incredulous] HOW DID THAT HAPPEN!?!?
ME: I’m knocked up dude.
JAY: Dude, you are going to be so huge.
ME: Yeah, so I’m pregnant.
MCKENNEY: That baby is going to come out with a vodka tonic in one hand and a hot dog in the other.