Her Bad Mother

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Pregnant Beholder

You know how it goes. You have a prenatal appointment, they do an ultrasound, they let you see your baby, and you're just filled - suffused - with the joy of seeing your beautiful baby boy right there on the screen, every healthy - healthy! - bouncing inch of him, little legs bending and kicking (oooh, my goodness, you have a little active one! says the radiologist), little hand shoved in little mouth, and you think, that's my baby, that's my beautiful baby.


And the radiologist says, I just need to get a look face-on, and pushes and prods at your belly with the ultrasound stick, and then exclaims, oh, look, there's the little face!


And you think, oh, my. SKELETOR.

But he's still the most beautiful boy that you've ever seen.

53 Comments:

Anonymous Maddy said...

Remember it all too clearly! They could be twins.
Cheers

2:54 PM  
Blogger flutter said...

That is so cool. And freaky. And cool.

3:08 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

Oh yes. I remember having very late ultrasounds, and seeing her face and the eyes all big black void like some horrow movie, but still, the chubby cheeks and rosebud baby mouth are so lovely...

3:43 PM  
Blogger Suz said...

Yup. We have quite a few of those skeletor pictures of the twins.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Oh yes... Skeletor. Good thing those ultrasound pics don't resemble the real baby, eh?

Glad everything's going so well!

4:14 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I thought that Lizzy looked like an alien: big almond shaped blank eyes and a very large head.

She still has a big head.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Ree said...

Way cool. I'm so happy for you all.

4:33 PM  
Blogger ewe are here said...

I always so enjoyed seeing my boys on screen... so thrilling!

4:35 PM  
Blogger the dragonfly said...

Oh yes, I remember that. And getting tears in my eyes at how beautiful he was! :)

4:49 PM  
Blogger Jezer said...

Hee. We still display our "skeletor's" first little ultrasound portrait in a frame.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Serendipity, baby! said...

All I've been able to see is a blob and yolk sac, so this is remarkably more defined than what I've seen so far of our first kiddo.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Your BadBaby has rockin' eye sockets!

6:08 PM  
OpenID autobiographyofmyfeet said...

Ah, Skeletor. What a beautiful little boy :)

6:19 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

...we always thought ours were aliens.

He is beautiful.

6:48 PM  
Blogger mothergoosemouse said...

It's even creepier to see that skeletal face in 3D (or 4D - whatever).

Love the u/s shots.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Phoenix said...

Wonderbaby and Skeletor? It has an entertaining ring to it.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Erin - ExpectingExecutive said...

I thought my ultrasounds were so cool. It satisfied so many of my curiosities. Glad all is going so very well! Hugs- EE

7:09 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

I remember the shock the first time I saw an ultrasound, since I had NO IDEA that I was going to be seeing my little beloved skeleton. And now how dear those little bones look.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Just checking in to see how you are.

Looks like all is well with your little man. Yeay! What did your daughter think of the pic?

8:17 PM  
Blogger Kyla said...

BubTar watched my ultrasound video with me and he called KayTar "scary baby monster". LOL. I think he thought she was going to come out looking like skeletor.

8:46 PM  
Blogger jennwa said...

I thought Skeletor too on my ultra sounds. But your right, the baby is still beautiful.
Congratulations!!!

9:16 PM  
Blogger Dana J. Tuszke said...

Congratulations on the baby boy! I honestly thought you'd have another girl. This is so awesome. Love those ultrasound pictures. I'm suffering the baby blues, once again. Someday it will happen....I hope....

9:22 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Totally.

(and also? this just happened to us on friday, so this post is especially apropos!)

9:49 PM  
Blogger Chantelle said...

Awe, it's so true.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Cutest Skeletor ever! ;)

11:48 PM  
Blogger liz said...

So true!

1:08 AM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

Hey - I had a Skeletor picture too! I was kinda scared.

He looks nothing like Skeletor now though. More like Mr Potato Head.

2:59 AM  
Anonymous Dapbim said...

Oh yes, we had that a month or three (gosh, that long already?) ago. And relatives kept wanting to see the latest ultrasounds, and I felt obliged to tell them that it looked like skeletor and not to get so excited. I think the great grandparents were expecting harry potter style full on smiling pictures, waving back at them...
But yes, my baby is still the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, even if I am afraid that its first words will be "I am your father, Luke"

7:20 AM  
Blogger Jenifer said...

I remember this so well! The shock and love. Lovely Boy.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Redneck Mommy said...

I gotta tell you...I'm thinking Wonderbaby has an edge on the cute kid factor right now.

But I'm sure the little dude will eventually give her a run for her money in cuteness.

You know, when he like, gets a face.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Kate said...

Hey I have that same photo!! Our last scan was done just over a week ago, he is so big now all you can see is bits of him in each screen shot! But yours is still small and cute, they always look cuter from the side on.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

My main experience was 1. desperately hoping he looked healthy and 2. not being able to make out a thing on the screen! Ah well, he ended up healthy AND cute. :)

2:47 PM  
Blogger Jaelithe said...

Skeletor! *snicker*

I seriously did not even CARE what the kid looked like once I heard the ultrasound tech say a whole list of things such as, "Fully fused brain stem. Healthy four-chambered heart. Normal brain development," etc. while she was ruthlessly smashing my belly with her wand.

Thank you, lovely ultrasound tech, wherever you are.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Major Bedhead said...

Skeletor. I never thought of that one. I thought mine looked like the typical drawing of an alien. Or a chicken.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Bon said...

your boy and my boy? twins, clearly.

he's lovely. can't wait to see him with, um, skin. :)

7:35 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Ultrasounds still freak me out, in the best way possible. I love looking back at them. Enjoy.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Pgoodness said...

Glad it wasn't just me - we thought the same of our ultrasounds! We even got a spinal skeletor photo - looked like about the freakiest thing ever! Thank goodness for skin! hehe

9:01 PM  
Blogger mamatulip said...

AWESOME.

11:32 PM  
Blogger GIRL'S GONE CHILD said...

Aw! Hooray for beautiful boys in beautiful tummies!

3:53 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Ultrasound pictures are amazing! Have you seen the 3-D ones? I think your little boy is going to be quite adorable :)

8:04 AM  
Blogger MommyTime said...

Ha ha ha...I remember those alien invasion moments. Congratulations. Hopefully you won't have to have conversations with Wonderbaby any time soon about how he got in there. Or how he'll get out. Though perhaps you could come up with some creatively euphamistic use of your PANTS pocket to illustrate.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Wright said...

He is beautiful! Congrats!

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't you just love ultra=sound pics.and to know that jack skelington is going to be a real live baby in months is so cool...stinkerbell had to have biophysical profiles done every two weeks to monitor her growth and even though i couldn't afford any pics to keep it was still awesome to see her growing and moving and just being .....LAVANDULA

10:42 AM  
Blogger Oh, The Joys said...

Heh. The Mayor was called Baby Skeletor, too. So freaky!

I'm so excited for you, C.

xo,
J

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anna said...

Ours looks more like Smeagal, but yeah, that full frontal view is always freakish. On the plus side, the profile shot is absolutely angelic...

1:11 PM  
Blogger Maman said...

That is what we used to call Mon Ange... hmmmm, thirteen years ago...

3:41 PM  
Blogger Gidge said...

At least Skeletor had a castle.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Starrlight said...

Skeletor! That is classic =)

11:15 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yep, the frontal view of the face is always a little creepy to look at. But knowing there are two little healthy eyes in there and a perfect little face makes it a little easier to look at, no?

12:40 PM  
OpenID Mrs. Mustard said...

I call mine Alien Baby!

4:33 PM  
Blogger b*babbler said...

Heh... we had one of those also. We ended up not showing it to people it freaked us out so much.

Love the first picture though!

8:07 PM  
Blogger Damselfly said...

I think he sort of looks like WonderBaby, dontcha think?

2:16 PM  
Blogger TheMacMommy said...

that's so precious! I used to call my son "the chicken wing" because I ate (vegetarian) chicken wings the night before I got the ultrasound. I swore it didn't look like a baby and that the radiologist who could see everything was on crack. I said are you sure that's my uterus and not my stomach cavity? Later on I had to get more ultrasounds and we got one of the best side views of his little face. Then I called him Charlie Brown and I still have that ultrasound pic framed next to one of his baby pictures. The ultrasound technology is fascinating!

12:24 AM  

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