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By BadDoggie (Sun Jun 07, 2009 at 06:06:58 PM EST) babies, book, pop-up, animals, zomgwtfarewedoing111shiftone (all tags)
Social necessities required I attend a meeting betwixt my wife and two other English-speaking expats today after picking up some books and DVDs from some Scottish bloke. It being just past my birthday, just prior to RIG's and with Mildly Naughty Puppy's arrival imminent, gifts were presented.

I probably won't actually be solving the sudoku turlet paper but Mildly Naughty Puppy's gift could only have been even excellenter if it had been in English.

It's a pop-up book called Krächen, Muhen, Grunzen -- was Tiere für Geräuche machen, or "Croaking, mooing, grunting -- What sounds animals make". Awesome. So I opened it and read it and played with the pop-ups and turn-y things and whatnot to familiarise myself with it when the time comes to actually read it to Mildly Naughty Puppy. This included actually reading out loud and vocalising the sounds, like bees buzzing (summ summ summ) and chickens picking (pick pick pick).

After I finished RIG was giggling. Was the Bellyfrog doing something weird again? "She was dancing the whole time you read the story." I tried a page again, doing the lion roaring (brüll brüll brüll) and sure enough, she started kicking again, stopping when I'd finished.

Fuckin' A!!

Earlier at lunch with the hen club RIG explained that I'm the only one who manages to calm the kid when she starts kicking away at mummy's spine/bladder/stomach/liver. If I put my hands on her and rub gently, saying something, she stops. She won't do this even for mum. Lay a fucking fetal monitor on RIG's belly gently and the kid sits there kicking and punching it so much that it takes 45 minutes to get the required 10 heartbeats in a row that they need to give the all clear.

In other news, Mildly Naughty Puppy may have shifted her head into "Time to drop" position. While that relieves some bladder pressure it increases a lot of other pressure because we ain't ready for the little beast to arrive just yet. At the very least she has to wait until Friday (since the clinic won't take ultra-preemies) and preferably Sunday (so that mum can have her own bloody birthday celebration thankyouverymuch).

Nesting and organising continue at an ever-increasing pace.

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(Comment Deleted) by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Jun 07, 2009 at 06:41:17 PM EST

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Well, of course it does. by ammoniacal (2.50 / 2) #2 Sun Jun 07, 2009 at 06:41:36 PM EST
A man's calming voice suggests comfort and safety to the listener; whereas a woman's shrill tone can be likened to that of an imminent attack of carnivorous lizard-people.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

(Comment Deleted) by SunlightGirl (2.00 / 0) #10 Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 11:13:27 AM EST

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Maybe by SunlightGirl (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Jun 07, 2009 at 11:19:20 PM EST
Think of taking baby massage class. I think this little kidlet would really get into it once born.  Early baby bonding can make critical difference in the development of the child even years later.

Then you can also take those skills and work on the mom. Sure fire success ! If you rub them then they'll rub you back ~

I find some kids respond better to one parent or even a stranger than another for a variety of factors. I have found that some kids when the click on you then never want you to put their little tushies down, This can be really hard when they weigh quite a chunk. Some of these 2-6 month old babies I used to watch weighed more than my Christmas family turkey. I remember one kid who was 8 months old who whenever I would try to put him down into a crib or the bed or anything he would scream like someone was murdering him. That was one of those carry me everywhere put me in a little nestle me to your chest carry things kids.

I think it is wonderful that the baby is responding so well to you. Fatherhood done right is an amazing blessing and gift. Small children and animals are harder to fool in regards to the nature of a man or woman.
Oh fuck the ponies - fuck it all...
Did I miss something ? by Phage (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 04:48:43 AM EST
Definitely a girl then ?

Yes by sugar spun (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 05:34:28 AM EST
It took a long time to be certain, given the occupant's extreme modesty. But once she turned herself head down her little knees were spread apart in a shockingly unladylike manner and the goods were displayed in detail. The doctor said there was no doubt and actually rolled his eyes at me when I asked if he was certain.

I'm not an expert at ultrasound. It all looks a lot like Magic Eye pictures to me, but I have learned to fake maternal omniscience in quite a convincing manner. I can recognise the head because I can see the brain and the profile, and the spine's fairly intuitive. Anything else and I wait for clues from the doctor.

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We had video by Phage (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 05:51:10 AM EST
(VHS at the time)
And like a lot of grainy footage, the brain seems to make more sense out of a moving image, than a still one. A beating heart was instantly recognisable, but invisible on a still.

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I see it pretty clearly by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 07:03:15 AM EST
I never could make heads nor tails of anyone else's grainy photos but as soon as it was our kid I picked up making sense of sonograms real quick. The heart was easy to see because her doc (he with the baby food warmer to keep the ultrasound gel at a comfortable temperature) has a pretty advanced machine which will actually superimpose red & blue for bloodflow with a toggle even at only 6 weeks or so. From there it's spine, noggin, limbs and later, recognising the internal organs. My tip: A kidney is the most recognisable squishy bit; once you have that all the rest of the stuff is where you'd expect it. In the fetus, of course, and not in the mother. We have no idea where the Bellyfrog has pushed RIG's spleen this week (she's been having so much trouble venting it).

Yes, my love, I went there.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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(Comment Deleted) by SunlightGirl (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 10:40:46 AM EST

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They fake it a lot by jayhawk88 (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 06:44:13 AM EST
We had many, many ultrasounds during Jenn's pregnancy because she was considered  high risk, to the point where a couple times it was one in the morning with the OB and one in the afternoon with a high risk specialist. On more than one occasion we would have the doctor tell us that Baby A was lying in there sideways and then finally find B lying behind A, only to go to the high risk (who had better equipment) who would find both girls lying normally, and declaring that the OB had just measured A's heartbeat twice.

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