Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Pregnant Beholder

January 12, 2008

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.

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    Maddy January 12, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Remember it all too clearly! They could be twins.

    flutter January 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    That is so cool. And freaky. And cool.

    kittenpie January 12, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    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…

    Suz January 12, 2008 at 4:45 pm

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

    Tracey January 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm

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

    Glad everything’s going so well!

    Karen January 12, 2008 at 5:17 pm

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

    She still has a big head.

    Ree January 12, 2008 at 5:33 pm

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

    ewe are here January 12, 2008 at 5:35 pm

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

    the dragonfly January 12, 2008 at 5:49 pm

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

    Jezer January 12, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Hee. We still display our “skeletor’s” first little ultrasound portrait in a frame.

    Serendipity, baby! January 12, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    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.

    Karen January 12, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Your BadBaby has rockin’ eye sockets!

    autobiographyofmyfeet January 12, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Ah, Skeletor. What a beautiful little boy :)

    crazymumma January 12, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    …we always thought ours were aliens.

    He is beautiful.

    mothergoosemouse January 12, 2008 at 8:01 pm

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

    Love the u/s shots.

    Phoenix January 12, 2008 at 8:09 pm

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

    Erin - ExpectingExecutive January 12, 2008 at 8:09 pm

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

    Beck January 12, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    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.

    Lisa January 12, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    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?

    Kyla January 12, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    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.

    jennwa January 12, 2008 at 10:16 pm

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

    Dana J. Tuszke January 12, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    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….

    Liz January 12, 2008 at 10:49 pm


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

    Chantelle January 12, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Awe, it’s so true.

    Lady M January 13, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Cutest Skeletor ever! ;)

    liz January 13, 2008 at 2:08 am

    So true!

    nomotherearth January 13, 2008 at 3:59 am

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

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

    Dapbim January 13, 2008 at 8:20 am

    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”

    Jenifer January 13, 2008 at 10:50 am

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

    Redneck Mommy January 13, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    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.

    Kate January 13, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    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.

    Catherine January 13, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    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. :)

    Jaelithe January 13, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    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.

    Major Bedhead January 13, 2008 at 6:47 pm

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

    Bon January 13, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    your boy and my boy? twins, clearly.

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

    Janet January 13, 2008 at 9:02 pm

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

    Pgoodness January 13, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    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

    mamatulip January 14, 2008 at 12:32 am


    GIRL'S GONE CHILD January 14, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Aw! Hooray for beautiful boys in beautiful tummies!

    Elizabeth January 14, 2008 at 9:04 am

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

    MommyTime January 14, 2008 at 11:17 am

    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.

    Wright January 14, 2008 at 11:32 am

    He is beautiful! Congrats!

    Anonymous January 14, 2008 at 11:42 am

    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

    Oh, The Joys January 14, 2008 at 12:08 pm

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

    I’m so excited for you, C.


    Anna January 14, 2008 at 2:11 pm

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

    Maman January 14, 2008 at 4:41 pm

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

    Gidge January 14, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    At least Skeletor had a castle.

    Starrlight January 15, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Skeletor! That is classic =)

    Christina January 15, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    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?

    Mrs. Mustard January 15, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    I call mine Alien Baby!

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