Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose

I remember being in Denmark last September mourning the fact that John had already stopped looking like a newborn and listening to the song "Sweet Baby James" and, rather than thinking of the sweet baby I was holding, I was thinking about my second sweet baby. We'd decided long ago to name our second son James.

We found out this morning that we’re expecting a boy. :)

I’ve seen my fair share of baby ultrasound pictures and have to say – without bias of course - that he is one of the cutest ultrasound babies I’ve ever seen. This doesn’t really do him justice.

Michael and John were both there with me for the ultrasound. It turned out to be a very good thing because our ultrasound technician was Belarusian and barely spoke any English. So she spoke to Michael in Danish and he translated for me.

Baby James is healthy as can be though his head is still measuring a little larger than normal. To me that just underscores the fact that I’m gestating the product of both Michael’s and my genetic material. Both the ultrasound tech and her supervisor were satisfied everything looked good so that should be our last ultrasound of this pregnancy.

I must say I’ve been very pleased so far with the Danish medical system. The attitude is "if you need it, we give it to you" and not "Well, your insurance will only pay for one ultrasound." Especially in my case I thought there was plenty of room for them to decide that the first ultrasound measurements were close enough within range that a follow up ultrasound was unnecessary. The biggest complaint I usually hear about socialized medical systems is they don’t provide adequate care in favor of saving the state money, but so far that hasn’t been my experience here.

Seriously. He’s so cute.


tanya@motherwearblog said...

I've been humming that song a lot recently, since we were just in Stockbridge last week, and the colors have been beautiful!

Loving your description of the differences between U.S. and Danish prenatal care...

Rebekah said...

It's been really interesting getting to experience another countries maternity care AND socialized medical system first hand. I'm glad you're enjoying it too!

Phil P. said...

So it's too late to talk you into naming him Moses (since I won't be allowed to with my son)?

Anonymous said...

As I told Phil...he can name our child Mose if it comes out with a full beard and a staff in its hand. I never said NO. Seriously though CONGRATULATIONS!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Having two boys is just great and a lot of fun!

Rebekah said...

In college Michael went on record saying he wanted name one of his sons Balthasar. I don't even want to imagine what kinds of nicknames that poor kid would end up with.