Amy and I went to the doctor on Monday afternoon to find out the sex of our baby.  Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as the best they could do was to order a sonogram.  Luckily, Amy’s check up went great and she’s very healthy and all signs are normal.  We listened to the baby’s heart beat.  It was 160 beats per minute, which is normal.  Amy seemed to know then that it was a girl, as she has become quite the expert on babies, educating herself all day long while I’m at work.

Anyway, the next day we went to the doctor’s at 8 AM to have the sonogram. 

We watched on the screen as we saw our baby’s head, nose, ears, mouth, chest, beating heart, legs, hands, feet.  It was pretty amazing. 

Amy noticed that the baby was sleeping the way I do, with its hand over its eyes.  I developed the habit in college, shielding my eyes from the light of my roommates computer, as I need complete darkness to sleep.  Usually, I just put a pillow over the top of my head, but anyhow.  She said that the baby is taking after me already.

Amy also thought that the baby had my profile, and she said it definitely has my long legs.

Amy’s brothers are both very tall – 6’4, and I’m 6’4″ and so is my brother, so this little girl of ours may not be so little.  I’m seeing a star volleyball or basketball player in the future.

Here’s one of the sonograms:
olivia1.jpgYou can see her chest in the lower left, and her head is profiled in the center of the sonogram.  The little line above her eyes and nose is her arm and hand across her forehead. 

She weighs 1 pound 8 ounces right now.  The baby is 24 weeks old, so 1 pound 2 ounces is the norm.  She’s six ounces heavy.  She does have my genes.  My brother was 10 pounds, and I was 9 pound 8 ounces or something like that.

And another that’s pretty similar:
olivia2.jpgShe’s been pretty active, kicking a lot, ready to come out and meet her Daddy. 

Amy says that she kicks a lot when I leave for work because she misses me.  She also kicks a lot when she’s hungry. 

Anyway, I thought I’d share that with you all.

In ballhawking, I cancelled plans for road trips this weekend, as I could find no other ballhawks to come with me and split the cost of the trip.  With gas prices raising and a little one on the way, I have to scale back a bit on the road trips unless I team up with someone to go.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the name….

We’re favoring calling her Olivia.


One comment

  1. The Ballpark Guide

    Congrats, Erik! Exciting news for you and Amy.

    I’m heading to Pittsburgh in late August for a couple Pirates games. Maybe I’ll meet you then. (We’ve previously communicated through my other blog, Toronto Blog Jays. Last summer, you gave me ballhawking tips for Progressive Field.)

    Anyway, I’ll be in touch and maybe we’ll cross paths in August.

    – Malcolm