Thursday, November 30, 2006

Development Report, Week 14

I'm going to attempt to inject some science* into the baby discussion. Note I do not do this out of a desire to educate or some pompous need to showcase my knowledge, rather it is a need wrought of metaphysical competence. I am utterly fascinated by the entire reproductive process and I want to share that fascination with you.

At this point, Baby Chaud is completely formed, including details such as fingernails and all the teeth it will ever have, both deciduous and permanent. As a biologist, I would no longer refer to Baby Chaud as an embryo, but rather an official foetus, which I'm sure will delight my brother. Muscles and bones have rudiment function, to the point the baby will start testing out these new voluntary organs. The big push from here to the end of the second trimester is going to be hulking up and building critical mass. I liken it to one of those toys kids put in a dish of water where the seaman or octopus grows in all proportions at the same time, a reverse shrinky-dink, if you will.

I'm waiting for that alleged return of energy to Nicole that I've been promised would happen about now, not only for my sake but for hers. We only get a handful of hours most days to be together, so it is important to maximize that time now.

As for myself, I'm finding the internal drive I have when I'm at my best seems to have been left in the on position for the last five weeks. It seems my plans to reach various goals are now self-assembling when I least expect it, and I speculate this has to do with my imminent status of becoming a father. In all honesty, I have no anxiety, just a precision focus on checkpoints and goals Nicole and I have discussed.

*Science inejctions may cause itching, dry mouth, irritaintment towards Lish or desire to call him a nerd. Please consult your doctor before taking Science, results may vary, many will enter few will win.

Also, a quick update with respect to the blog. We've enabled anonymous comments both to encourage those of you uninterested in registering as well as to those who might want to post but not have it be so publicly known. Hope this helps. As always, any suggestions to improve the quality of the blog are welcomed.


Scott said...

Not really. I knew it was a baby from the start.

Lish said...

Check it out! I'm full of tinier babies!

Dan Robichaud said...

I really like your baby blog !! Thanks for sharing your experiences and feelings with us.

We looking forward to each exciting development.

Aunt Kelley said...

I enjoy your blog. The things that are needed when you come home from the hospital are, diapers,and wipes. Nursing pads for at hospital. Pacifiers are a must for baby. Diapier changing tables are unnessary you never use them. Some people don't even use the diaper genie eithier it doesn't take the oder away like you may think. What I do when I watch my nieces I just put the dirty diaper in a plastic bag from the grocery store then take it to the garbage later that night, so the house doesn't stink.
this is advice from Aileen