Mango madness

This morning I had a crisis of faith over my trusty app. It told me that Speckle is now 29.2cm long, but somehow equated this to the size of a large mango. That is one monster of a mango! But then I realised that I was being far too literal. Yes, Speckle may be 29.2cm long if you could stretch him out, but as we saw on yesterday’s scan, he’s doubled up on himself (he was waving his feet around in front of his face!) so I suppose the curled up Speckle could well be the size of a large mango. Mango mystery solved – I feel better now!

Our appointment went well yesterday. The doctor took a whole lot of measurements and when he plotted them on a graph, Speckle’s growth was bang on track and he’s currently clocking in at 600 grams. The doc did all sorts of anatomy checks as well and everything was perfect. Four heart chambers, ten fingers, ten toes, one stomach, two kidneys, two nostrils, two eyes … I forget what else we looked at. Bottom line is a happy doctor equals a happy Sparkle!


The week of the banana

At the beginning of every new week in my pregnancy, I check out my Baby Bump iPhone app to see how Speckle is doing. It gives me his approximate weight and length, and compares his size to a fruit so that I have something tangible to compare our ‘invisible’ little person to. I’ve really enjoyed this feature but it’s given Col a few problems. You see Colin isn’t a fruit and veg fan, so his basis for comparison is somewhat limited. Poppyseed (week 4), olive (week 9), prune (week 10) and small cantelope (week 20) were all met with utterly blank looks. So this morning when I announced that Speckle is the length of a banana, Col’s reaction was, ‘Finally! A fruit I understand.’

When I told this story at work, Michelle (our boss lady) suggested that Col should eat the relevant fruit for that week so he can appreciate its size. All my previous attempts to get him to expand his nutritional palate have failed – maybe the Speckle comparison will have more success?