Gravity and Love
by Karla ° Monday, August 21, 2006

I find it amazing how the photo below of my my two babies, lying equally peaceful in the gestating capsule that is my uterus, shows how equally distinct and unique they are.

Ava (on the right), had my chubby round face and little pug nose. She had Mark’s sweet soft lips and his cute-as-a bug little ear lobes. It looks like bubalubs (on the left) has a strong and thoughtful brow like his father, and perhaps a button nose like his mom.

It’s mind boggling to think how our DNA is split and divided and assembled into little miniature versions of ourselves.

Even more mind boggling is trying to figure out how to measure how much my heart can hold. I’m firmly convinced the expansive depths of the love and bond I feel for this baby completely defy the logics of mathematical probabilities and stretch beyond the unbounded infinity of space and time.

I’m also firmly convinced that the rapid growth of my mountainous matronliness has begun to defy the laws of physics as my breasts and stomach develop their own gravitational pull to compensate for my rapid growth, as proven by the recent development of stretch marks on my right breast.


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The differences in the ultrasounds are quite marked, that is amazing.

As for the stretch marks, I had them before I was pregnant, so you won't be getting any sympathy from me! ;)
Posted by Blogger Gina :  August 21, 2006


that's so great how u have the pics side by side like that
Posted by Blogger rachael :  August 21, 2006

That is really amazing seeing the differences between Ava and Baby Boy!

I am sure you look fabulous!
Posted by Blogger TBG :  August 21, 2006

Yeah, sympathy here on the stretch mark thing!

You know, I've never put my ultrasounds side-by-side. I should try that. My kids were drastically different looking. I always think that's pretty funny. My brother and I looked like twins two years apart. My kids barely look related. I can't wait to see what little boy Cadeau looks like!

It is neat how you can love someone so much, then go and love someone else just as much. I remember thinking that TJ would always and forever be my favorite, but Taryn is equally my favorite, and I have special stuff w/each of them. Everyday it baffles and amazes me. I keep thinking that surely I'll run out of energy to love as much at some point...but I doubt it!
Posted by Blogger Christi :  August 21, 2006

I never realized that ultrasounds could reveal so much. Neat.
Posted by Blogger Anvilcloud :  August 21, 2006

I can see the differences in the u/s pictures too! So cool to see them side by side like this.

I also must say that the ONE stretch mark you have most likely will fade to almost nothing. My stomach on the other hand looks much like a road map...bye bye bikini...bye bye.
Posted by Blogger Patyrish :  August 21, 2006

What a neat idea!
Posted by Blogger Julia :  August 21, 2006

Wow! You're right! I wish I'd done a comparison like that. Unfortunately, I only got print-outs for the last 2 children, though.

Another pregnancy thing that was really striking for me was how much their activity in utero reflects their activity/character after birth. My first one never stopped moving in utero, and she was the one who hated the stroller as soon as she learned to walk. The second one hardly moved at all, and she'd probably STILL ride the stroller (at nine) if I let her.
Posted by Blogger Heather :  August 22, 2006

AnvilCloud..I guess you have never seen a 3 D or 4 D ultrasound, they are amazing.

Karla...What nice profile pictures, you've got. You can tell they have their own unique structures, how sweet. I will have to go back and compare my abbies...even thought they looked very similar as babies.
Posted by Blogger Donna :  August 22, 2006

awww!! love it
Posted by Blogger gina :  August 23, 2006

Those photos are amazing indeed.
Posted by Anonymous Kristin :  August 23, 2006

Oooo I love the photos! :)

I too love comparing the genetic 'same' and 'differences' we are capable of producing.

I have a photo of my Great Grandparents and my Grandparents weddings on my fireplace mantle and it's amazing to see my youngest brother and my son in the face and eyes of my Great Grandfather. They look as if they could all be the same person or at least brothers.... only 80 years apart.

Your little guy does indeed look like he has your cute little button nose. Ava was more dainty and Bub seems to be the perfect little man.

Posted by Blogger aka_Meritt :  August 24, 2006

My Big Granny used to say, "Love doesn't multiplies. Your heart just expands and grows another realm....just at the right time."
You are on the verge of experiencing that...if not already. This son of yours is going to be loved and for so many reasons - I'm totally confident that everyone involved will rise to the occasion and that lots and lots of healing is going to be facilitated. :)
the amount of love will make the skin and the size of your ass look like a hairline crack compared to how much your love is going to grow .
Posted by Blogger Wash Lady :  August 27, 2006


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