New picture!!! This one is rather large, but it's worth it! It's a very clear picture of a face. The picture was taken on September 30th, at which time the baby was 30 weeks, with 8 more weeks to go. That is the head over on the right side. The baby is lying down, so the top of the head is all the way over to the right, and the chin is pretty much right in the middle of the picture. The bright area in the center is the cheek, and the dark depression to the right of the cheek is the eye (closed). That white ridge is the nose, and the dark spot under it is the mouth ... The other eye is hiding in the shade.
We got a few more pictures from the same day, one of which shows the baby with one eye open...
At this time, the baby weighs just over 3 pounds (1350 grams).
Baby is doing fine. We've had a few chances to listen to the baby's heartbeat, and that's quite amazing. If you're an expecting father, I highly recommend you taking the time to go to as many doctor visits with the mother as possible. It's not always the most interesting visit, but being able to hear the heartbeat and know that everything is ok is a great feeling.
We'll have some more ultrasound pictures at the beginning of next month.
Here's another ultrasound picture. This one is from July 9th, at which time the baby was 18 weeks old. This is more of an overview picture, showing the head on the right, and the torso on the left. At about 5 1/2 inches, it's still very tiny, but it's starting to look more like a person. During the process, we got to see hands with tiny little fingers... We had hoped we would have been able to determine if it's a boy or a girl, but no such luck.
A second picture from the same day, this one with the baby facing forward. You should be able to see the outline of the head to the right in the picture, and also clearly see the two eyes and the chin. Unfortunately, still pictures are not that easy to read, it looks so much better "live" on the screen. I had hoped to get some video of it, but that's against hospital policy ...
Here's our first ultrasound picture! If you tilt your head over to the right, you can see it better. On the right side is the head; the two bright areas are the jaw bones.
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