Monday, May 11, 2009

Boy Oh Boy!

Baby Plum is a very healthy boy! He's a little shy, though, unlike his older brother.

Baby Plum's profile (see his little arm by his face?)

We had a fun ultrasound session. Little Elvis was "Ready to go!" the entire time. If only his little brother looked more like Mater... But the technician was super nice.

Baby Plum looked great, wonderful and perfect. His brain was great, his heart was great, his kidneys, fingers, toes, legs, arms, etc. were all great. She was very enthusiastic about how great he was. I really, really liked this woman.

While I was happy to find out that we were having a boy, I was thrilled to find out that I hadn't hurt him in any way by not testing. (I read about the high percentage of false-negatives and false-positives and that ultrasounds were usually the confirmation for the findings.)

Once we secure in the knowledge that we had a very healthy, albeit shy baby, I started noticing the similarities and differences between our two boys at 20-ish weeks.

Little Elvis is a camera fanatic. He even liked having his picture taken in utero. He showed his profile and nose and lips willingly. Baby Plum kept his hands over or by his face almost the entire time. To me, it looked like he was sucking his thumb.

Baby Plum is already head down. Little Elvis was not. This explains why I'm feeling kicks in different places. With Little Elvis, most of the movement was on the upper sides of my stomach. I feel Baby Plum right at the very bottom of my belly. Every once in a while I'll feel a strong kick on the side, but it's obvious that he prefers a different part of the uterus.

While these differences are kind of cute to me, the most shocking thing from the ultrasound was the resemblence. The tech got one shot of Baby Plum's mouth and nose that looks a whole lot like the shot we got of Little Elvis at that time. Right now, it looks like Baby Plum will also have my nose and chin. His lips might be a little different, but not much.

Baby Plum's nose and lips

Little Elvis' nose and lips

When I told the tech that his profile looked a lot like his brother's, she was kind of surprised. So, I will admit to being the mommy here and seeing something that others might not see. But at least Bob agrees with me.

Oh, and they bumped up my due date a few days! They also did this with Little Elvis. I prefer the closer due date, so Baby Plum is now due on September 30th. (Bob was due on this date as well. I think they had calendars back then...)

All in all, it was a great day. Baby Plum is healthy and a boy! And I am thinking about changing his nickname. Bob says Baby Plum is gender neutral, but I think it's more feminine. What do you think?


Blogger Ann(ie) said...

YAY!! Team boy! So thrilled for you, sugar!

10:36 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

How wonderful that Baby Plum is so healthy. I am so happy for you.

I agree with you - you need a more masculin name - How about Baby B - it could stand for Baby Boy, or as in B, second letter in the alphabet, and he is the second child/boy - and you could keep it in a food group by doing Baby Bean!

Oh - keep it Baby Plum since you have all bonded!

We still use preganancy nik names though at our house - so that is why I suggest you change it!!!!

7:41 AM  
Blogger mpotter said...


i think plum is neutral.
in fact, when i worked at ACS, a lady's husband was known only by "plum"

enjoy the next 1/2.
just think- this time you'll know allll about how to be a mom to a boy.

9:55 AM  
Blogger MoziEsmé said...

All right! What a cutie! I'm glad everything is going well...

10:00 AM  
Blogger Jeni said...

Hooray for more boys! Seems to be the trend lately. Glad that he, and you, are doing so well.

11:37 AM  
Blogger lisa said...

Very exciting! Two boys! That’s going to be loads of fun! Thank of all the looks you will get with two muddy boys! ;) And by the way, the only photo I could get a thing from was the third one. I think I finally see the similarities with the second one. It looks like these have a lot more detail then what I remember mine looking like. Was it different than a regular ultra sound?

1:57 PM  
Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

Lisa, for the most part this was a regular ultrasound, like we had with Little Elvis. But, when the tech wanted to show us Baby Plum's profile, she switched to what I guess is the 3-D ultrasound image. I'm glad most of the ultrasound was done the regular way, because I had to have the 3-D one explained to me every time she did it.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

COngrats! Boys are great as i am sure you already know. There is no bond like that of brothers. I have 2 boys myself only 13 months apart and now i am expecting my 3rd which we are kinda hoping is a girl but will be just as happy with a boy!

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay for another little boy! I'm sure Little Elvis will have a grand time with a little brother :) To me Baby Plum does sound feminine, not sure why...

5:09 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Congrats on your baby boy! LE is going to make a fabulous big brother. Those pictures show some incredible detail. Was it a 3D ultrasound?

3:06 PM  

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