Filed Under (Baby) by catharine on Feb-23-09

6 weeks 3 daysLet me end my long silence on the other significant event in our life, the long-awaited baby.  I had composed a post that was going to have been named “which came first, the chicken or the egg,” but I will have to recap the past 32 weeks more briefly, instead.  So, in July, we got our first peak at baby Corder, and our hopes were nearly dashed when they told us “he” (please bear with my sexist default) was measuring a week behind with a slow heartbeat.  Here he was then, at 6 weeks and 3 days, but measuring 5 weeks.

7 weeks 3 daysWe went back a week later, and our hopes were renewed.  He still measured a week behind (6 weeks rather than the 7 weeks 3 days we knew him to be) but he’d done a week’s worth of growing in the previous seven days and his heartbeat was strong.  We were told that we were out of the woods and as likely as anyone else just 7 weeks pregnant to carry to term.  We were also told that our baby, evolutionarily speaking, was still a chicken.  Here’s our little chick:

8 weeksSo, knowing all was well, Grandma GeeGee came with me for the long trip back to Houston just days later for the official 8-week ultrasound that was required by the study protocol, and we were treated to a little arm and leg bud wiggle.  Grandma claimed to have seen the little guy wag his tail as well.  Everyone, including the RE, pronounced themselves astounded at his accomplishments at just 8 weeks.  We were also told he’d left the chicken stage of life and entered the pig, evolutionarily speaking.  You can imagine our pride upon hearing this.  He still wasn’t a primate, but we were proud none the less.  For those of you who can’t tell even though it’s totally obvious, that dark circle at the top is the little guys ultra-developed brain, and that’s his tail curling around on the bottom.  Here, we’re treated to a profile shot.

So, then we had to cool our heels for four whole week sans ultrasound, but finally, in August, we got to see him not just in primate form, but decidedly human, although somewhat skeletor-ish.  He had caught up to 11 weeks and 5 days by this point, so we were back on track with development.  We also assessed that this guy was laid back.  The first picture shows his hands behind his head.

This one — his legs with ankles crossed–he’s kickin’ back, enjoying all that free floating space–this guys was ready for a nice relaxing gestation and totally unaware of all the angst surrounding his developmental progress.

The last peek we had at him was at 20 weeks when most folks find out the sex, but despite my calling the baby “him” all the time, we didn’t find out.  He could be a she.  We’ll just have to wait and see.  You can feel free to examine above “kickin’ it in the womb” pose if you’d like, but that’s the umbilical cord in the way, so his business end is well concealed.  So, here’s baby Corder 19 weeks ago when he was half-way done.

 And looking right at his little face–yes, that’s his eyeball!


This is his foot…

 and a shot we like to call “the Joker.”  We actually saw this yawn, and it was very cute live, but the picture just looks, well, a little creepy. So, that brings us to date with the baby, until he decides to show up in person.

4 Comments posted on "Baby Corder"
Janet on February 23rd, 2009 at 10:51 pm #

I am enjoying my first view at the little guy. I can’t wait to meet him and see him on the “outside”

Lissa on February 24th, 2009 at 2:30 am #

It’s nice to hear that everything is going well! You’re almost there! I can’t wait to see pictures of him/her outside the belly. 😀

Me on February 24th, 2009 at 8:35 pm #

I’m very glad your pregnancy has fared so well thus far!

I told my husband that he and I winning the “free IVF” was Karma paying me back for directing you to the research study you did. Now I’m just hoping mine turns out as well! :)

Barb on February 25th, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

Woo hoo! Thanks for sharing!

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