Chris ran into the room excitedly yesterday… “Look what I found!!!”
“You DO remember that thing never worked with Ali, right? We never heard anything but gurgles.”
“I know…but maybe it will be different with him!!”
(Reminder: Chris is nesting. I am not.)
So, being the nice wife that I was, humored him.
“Sure. We’ll try it.”
He turned it on, nothing.
He opened it up, and it had a 9 volt battery… “It’s dead – I’ll find another one.”
“Did you stick it on your tongue??”
“Of course not!”
(You see, we have this long running thing that I grew up in a family that stuck the two live ends of 9-volt batteries on their tongues to see if they were still good. Chris had never heard of such, and is horrified (and obviously scared) by the thought. So, of course, I like to bring up my bravery in such matters any chance I get.)
“Well it might be good then! You need to stick it on your tongue and see.”
“It’s dead! See? You do it!”
“I’m pregnant!! I probably shouldn’t be licking four-year-old batteries!!”
”But it’s dead!”
I couldn’t back down from my Reputation of Bravery, so I licked the battery.
“Whoa!! That is NOT dead!!!”
(He puts it back in and turns it on..and it works.)
“Well how about that…I must have hit the wrong button.”
I grumble something under my breath about him putting our son at jeopardy with battery licking…
He sticks the monitor on my stomach…he moves it around…he moves it again…and again.
“Nothing. Here – you do it – maybe you’ll have better luck.”
“I’m telling you…it doesn’t work.”
Five minutes later, I add “Amazing Heartbeat Finding Skills” to my already Brave Reputation.
“I found the heartbeat!!!”
He ran in to listen, and it thrilled him to his nesting soul.
But, despite his excitement about HEARING Noah, we’re both decisivity challenged about SEEING him again.
We can’t decide whether we want to get a 3-D sonogram or not, and we have to decide soon if we want to get on the schedule in time.
And so, since neither of us can make a decision and Chris left it up to me and I’m really not feeling like making any more decisions right now (maybe the battery fried that part of my brain), I’m taking input.
Here’s our Pro/Con list:
- It’s a fun experience, and Ali would probably really enjoy seeing her baby brother so up close and personal.
- If we end up having a third kid one day and therefore Noah becomes a middle child, I know by experience that he will be QUITE offended if Ali got a 3D sonogram and HE didn’t.
(Then again, he’s a boy. Maybe boy-middle-children are different.)
- It gives us something to look forward to in the long stretch of Eternally Boring Doctor Visits from here until 36 weeks.
- The pictures you get from them are quite adorable, and you really can see an amazing amount of facial features. Here’s a comparison of Ali’s:
- It costs money. And we’ve already spent well over Noah’s allotted monthly allowance through the year 2015 on his room (and all the toilet paper).
- I’ve already had 5 sonograms with him, and some people claim that repeated sonograms aren’t necessarily healthy for babies, although I’m not necessarily convinced on that point.
(And besides, they can’t be too much worse than licking a battery.)
- The thought of taking Ali to another long wait, sonogram, long wait, long appointment, long wait gives me a major case of the heeby-jeebies.
- It might be fun to not have any hints as to what he’ll look like till he comes out…but probably not.
So there you go, blog-world.
To see or not to see?
And yes, either way, I promise not to lick any more batteries.