A Foot-Long with Appendages

When I was pregnant with Laylee, I read What to Expect When You’re Expecting religiously. Every week, every few days, I would read about the baby, how big she had grown, whether she had toe-nails yet, how much she was starting to resemble a humanoid.

With this pregnancy I’ve had so many other things on my mind, sickness to deal with, a home to repair, and 2 other kids to chase. I feel like I have a general picture in my mind of how a baby develops and I don’t necessarily need to constantly check the toenail directory to feel connected to my role as a mother. This baby is also a monster-muffin ninja-face, moving around with ferocious speed and force inside me so it’s hard not to be aware of her presence. She’s been making herself known for months.

But yesterday I saw WTEWYE sitting on my bookshelf and I picked it up out of curiosity. How big IS she that she can move in a way that I can see it from the outside and feel it from everywhere inside? The book said that at the 6-month mark she’s about a foot long. All I could think was, “A foot-long? My baby’s a foot-long?” Now every time I think about her wiggling and punching and using her nunchucks in there, I picture her as a subway sandwich with arms and legs sticking out between the lettuce and meat. And I laugh out loud when I’m all alone in my house. There’s a living, swimming foot-long curved into a C-shape and growing inside of me.

It’s a fun visual, much more humorous than a little human baby.

Laylee on the other hand is more realistic about things. When asked on her Father’s Day survey about Dan, “What does your father run like?” she answered, “My dad runs like a human.” It’s all too true. He is very homosapien-like in his athletic abilities.

Then at dinner, Dan observed a problem with our dining room light, he investigated the problem and solved it. I pointed out that what he did was very scientific and narrated the kids through the steps of his methodology. They looked skeptical. “Yes he is a scientist. He could totally be on Sid the Science Kid,” I remarked.

Laylee shook her head. “No he couldn’t! He doesn’t look like playdough.”

Oh that’s right. We’d already established that your dad looks and runs like a HUMAN. Sorry for the memory lapse.

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9 Responses to A Foot-Long with Appendages

  1. Faith says:

    It is just too true how we tend to slack off on those sorts of information gathering mini-hunts when we have two toddlers/children rolling around and kicking outside of us already. Glad to know I’m not alone in that 🙂 At least now I know the general size of my own rough and tumble little sub at 6 1/2 months.

  2. grammyelin says:

    I’m so glad you married a man, who is so much human that even kids recognize it. That Dan has a lot going for him. I can hardly wait for your little “foot long” to come out and join the human race as well.

  3. Keyona says:

    My kid love Sid! But no, we humans aren’t made for that type of show.

  4. Meream says:

    Aww Laylee is a sweetheart. And I love the subway baby imagery. 😀

  5. Carrie says:

    That foot-long sub is a cute analogy! I’m 13 weeks, and my baby is as big as a peach this week. My 18-month-old enjoys looking at the baby’s pictures in my ‘Pregnancy Week-by-Week’ book with me- we celebrate the baby’s ‘birthday’ each week when I get one week farther along by looking in the book. 🙂

  6. Amanda says:

    Wow, you’re 6 months already? Time sure flies when you’re not the one pregnant! I remember reading the very same book with my first.

  7. cyndi says:

    Congrats on making a foot! Of course, now I have a strange yearning for hotdos 😉 And everything at our house is about ‘experts,’ thanx to Sid! Happy week!

  8. A sub sandwich… ROFL!!!

    I know what you mean about losing track. With my second I was totally like, “What week am I at? I don’t know…”

  9. Beck says:

    Hee hee. Sub baby.

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