• http://www.krupp-photo.com Nichol Krupp

    This is super cute. Leta is a beauty! I am glad to hear that everything is okay with the BABE. Hang in there. Not much longer.

  • http://www.bellystory.blogspot.com/ Belly Girl

    I’m so glad to hear confirmation that your belly is measuring small b/c I swear every week when you post those pics, I’m like whaaaaaaat? 34 weeks? Huh?

    Also, usually ultrasounds are all crazy and blurry and you can’t see shit, so how in the world do you get one where your kid looks all angelic and beautiful? (And by the way, I had to squint a lot to figure out where everything was in the beginning – at first, I thought the first pic made it seem like she had those crazy pilot binocular googly-eye glasses on).

  • Jen

    I commented once a while back that I am due on the same day as you – and guess what – had the SAME EXACT thing happen. Small belly measurements, baby measuring 5 days ahead of schedule. Same doctor schpiel “oh, well I’m a little concerned blah blah blah, we’ll get you in for an ultrasound as soon as we can – don’t worry in the meantime”

    GFY, doctor.

    Our doctors must be talking one another. They’re evil.

  • http://www.thechroniclesofnicole.blogspot.com Anonymous

    Wondrous Being of Light and Splendor, I am so glad to hear that everything is okay with your pregnancy.
    I know it’s hard not to get worried when you doctor says something like that.
    Love the video of Leta; she’s so precious!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/arrisun Allison

    Being a 24 year old without children, it kind of blows me away that Leta is so grown up and speaking in just 4ish years. I remember you talking about her when she was still a wee one. Babies! They grow and learn to talk! Who knew?

  • kerry

    so, so glad to hear everything is ok. i hope you have a sense of relief and peace.

    leta is a beauty. reminded me of when my youngest son tells me his dreams. so cute!

  • Ellen

    “They talkeded…” so cuuute!

  • Anonymous

    Just do your kick counts. Because pregnant women panic for a reason: bad awful things can happen.

    So glad/relieved that everything is going well for you, and I hope that you bring home a beautiful healthy baby girl!

  • leslie

    i like how your baby’s chilling in your uterus with a pair of brass knuckles.

  • http://www.pdb0712.blogspot.com Paula

    Very relieved that not-maria is alright.

    Ok…I mean this is the nicest way possible. Ever see the movie American Pie? I kept expecting Leta to say ‘and this one time at band camp…’

    She is so adorable…can’t wait to see what a good big sister she makes. Or how much she freaks when the baby looks at her. :)

  • http://habitual.wordpress.com Habitual

    I don’t see the baby!? Help me! It looks like two little robot toys standing side by side facing out. I’ve turned my head sideways and I still can’t see her face. :( Is the whole ultrasound the face or are we seeing a whole baby?

    Listen to me! Who cares? It’s a healthy baby! Whew!

  • http://www.midnightlights.com Rebekah

    Haha, oh my gosh. Leta reminds me so much of my 5 year old little sister (yes there’s a big age gap). Just the way she talks and describes things – awesome! She must never stop talking eh?

  • Andra

    I see a head, I don’t see a face but OH MY GOD ARE THOSE BRASS KNUCKLES?

  • Jen

    Leta’s adorable, of course, and not-Maria looks like she’ll be cute too, but the man in the suit up there….he’s a looker. Thanks for sharing that picture. :)

  • CJ

    Isn’t it funny how kids sound so out of breath when telling a story? Like OMG this is the most funniest/awesomest story ever! Kids rock.

  • Nancy

    I think I saw a teddy bear in there with the baby.

  • http://innocencerestored.squarespace.com/ Lynn

    That’s funny #141 I thought, brass knuckles? Buzz Lightyear?? No wait I think it’s neosporin to go, Uh oh, not Maria is going to be a rowdy one!! I’m glad everything checked out good for you guys. Leta is too adorable.

  • http://www.catintheadage.blogspot.com AdageCat

    So glad to hear everything’s okay, and I’ll add my voice to those who think it was cruel of your doctor to make you wait overnight for the ultrasound.

    And now to sound like a crazy stalker (because you don’t get enough crazy in the comments already?)…I dreamed about both your baby and your bathroom last night. I dreamed you guys were giving tours of your bathroom to prove to everyone that the tile difference would be fine. You were showing the bathroom to my daughter and me when you suddenly went into labor Hollywood-style…gasp of pain and tragic clasping of abdomen whilst crumpling onto the floor, you know what I mean.

    So we end up in your bathroom, with Leta joining us, and the three of us attempted to deliver the baby for you with Jon shouting instructions through the doorway. I woke up before the baby arrived, so I can’t tell you what you named her.

    (No, I’m not pregnant, just perimenopausal…and if you think the hormones are fun now, just wait.)

  • http://shriekhouse.wordpress.com shriek house

    Brass knuckles?? Cmon, that’s obviously a snorkel!

    Srsly, so happy for your good healthy baby news.

  • Lady

    Oh. My. Gawd. That face pic has to be the most glorious ultrasound I have ever seen! I go in for my 20-week scan on Monday and I’m scared shitless. SO glad you got such great, reassuring news. Congrats!! :)

  • Lotsalisa

    Oh my God! She sounds like a Valley Girl! LA is with you forever!

  • Thaís

    Milla, #114, I thought it was just me. Maybe this is something mothers learn when they join their secret club.
    And maybe that’s also where they learn to read U/S, because I see ET, a robot and a Praying Mantis, but no baby, no matter how hard I try. :)
    Anyway, Dooce, glad both you and Not-Maria are healthy.
    Happy last month of pregnancy!

  • Susie

    They did the same thing to me when I was pregnant with my son… 37 weeks pregnant and they say… don’t worry but your baby is measuring exceptionally small!!! AAAckk ultrasound also told me he was small!!! How am I not to worry??? Then I went into labour 1 week early and gave birth to a boy who weighed 7lb 11 oz… did I mention that I am 4’11 and 90lb?? That was NOT a small baby… Sometimes… doctors suck.

  • Suzysnowflake

    Sorry, there is no baby in there. It’s two muppets (one wearing a cowboy hat) and a manual can opener. Better luck next time Heather! S.

  • http://truebeautyinsideandout.blogspot.com R. Wallis

    Congrats on baby #2! I’m sure she will be just as beautiful as Leta, loved her story btw.

    As for myself, I am petrified beyond reason to give birth to a child which is my reason for loving your blog and newest book to tears! I get so tired of all the “you’ll be glowing” “the nauseous is really not bad” “the discomfort is minimal” “you will only feel a flutter” comments. I get nauseous from riding in a car for any length of time beyond about 5 miles, even when I’m driving! I can’t imagine months of that feeling. I just want to tell all of those agreeable, pregnancy encouraging, mendacious people to SHUT UP. I want the TRUTH about the destruction my body will suffer, and thus I turn to you.

  • Ginny

    Leta is so cute. I teach 4th grade and I have kids in my class who can not speak that well. And these are the kids that were born in the U.S. Don’t even get me started on the ones who were not. Poor babies.

    Glad the baby is doing well. I just had a friend have twin girls, each 6 pounds…at least there is only one face floating around in there. Not that it helps your vag any.

  • http://keeponsmyelin.blogspot.com/ Nico Blue

    Sounds like everything’s well with you and the baby!

    The tech was so off on the measurments of my son that they asked for a whole extra team to be in the delivery room. They all thought he was going to be 5 pounds at full term but he surprised everyone and was 6.8 lbs. I felt like I had totally disappointed the extra team….uh, sorry dudes but I think I’ll take healthy baby.

  • http://twitter.com/VictoryTrue Chriss

    LOL! Brass Knuckles it is! I thought it was a set of keys but brass knuckles seems much more likely. And BTW if NotMaria is weighing a little big right now start walking, running, whatever one week before your due date because let me tell you my last two came out over 9 lbs. Let’s not give NotMaria time to become a giant. Upside to giant babies? I pushed them out fast to get the horrific pain over with. Wait, will that freak you out?

  • http://www.mammakaze.com Mammakaze

    They told me my baby was like 15 lbs. and I would have to schedule a C-section. She ended up being a little over 7 lbs. Obviously, the Obstetrical field is like meteorology. A lot of guess work and then the hurricane turns out to be sprinkles. And you boarded up your windows for nothing. BTW, I had to have the C-section anyway because while my baby wasn’t 15 lbs. Her head was the size of a bowling ball and my cervix stubbornly remained the size of a pin head.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad. I am still hoping something horrible happens to that troll fetus inside of you. What is it like having such a hideous daughter? I wonder what she’s going to do when all the kids start picking on her for being ugly? Ugh. It’s so disgusting you are bringing another creature into the world. Don’t end up in the looney bin this time. LOL

  • http://www.mommica.com Mommica

    So are you going to name the new baby Pirate? Because of the patch over the left eye and all?

    At my last ultrasound, the technician was like, wow, this baby is going to weigh more than either of her parents (we were both more than 8 pounds) and wow, she’s got a big old head. That is one large head. I just can’t get over how big her head is. Then he told me she was breech, so I forgot about the big head part. Until she was born. Naturally. Because she got some direction and was facing the right way. “Ouch” is right.

  • Betsy

    Valley girl!?…Leta, not the baby.

  • http://ecolabelfundraising.com EcoLabel Fundraising

    Glad to hear all was ok. That’s not a fun visit when they order the “extra” ultrasound.

  • FreakishlyTallMom

    I am so happy to hear everything is great with you and Not-Maria! I got the Tweet yesterday and have been worried for you since. YAY! She has a FACE! That is awesome!
    Leta is an absolutely delightful child and I love how animated she is! Thank you for sharing your lives with us!

  • http://www.keeperofthecheerios.com Miranda @ Keeper of the Cheerios

    Those are such awesome ultrasound pictures! How exciting! Congratulations :)

  • bohica

    I’m always glad when people label ultrasounds and the like because they TOTALLY don’t mean anything to me otherwise. I wish I could find faces and feet, etc, but man, I’m just lost.


    However, I did immediately find the break in your toe. I wonder what that means?

  • Karen

    I keep squinting my eyes – you know how you can look at the drawing of the young woman who turns into an old crone…..but seriously……I cannot see a face!!! Somebody help me – describe what I’m seeing PLEASE!!

  • Sarah

    Congrats, Heather – glad everything is good!

    Side note: am I the only person who has a TERRIBLE time deciphering the images in an ultrasound photo? Seriously, even with your labels, it took me more than 5 minutes to be able to see the face. Ultrasound fail on my part.

  • Ingrid

    I’m so glad she comes with her own toy car!

  • Jo
  • http://faydean.typepad.com amy j.

    I don’t know if it’s because of all the horrible things that have happened to people I know and care about lately or what…but I was just scared to death that you were about to tell us something was wrong with the baby.

    Then I read how you were being your usual sarcastic/joking self and knew you wouldn’t have that tone if something had been wrong. Thank God.

    I couldn’t bear anything going wrong with her!

    Hang in there. Just a month or so and you’ll be free of at least this part of the worry. Btw, I think this one is gonna look like you! And her first word is gonna be “tile”, lol.

  • Caitlin

    Your Leta is so adorable. When they perfect cloning, I want one just like her. Or, just pack her up and send her to NY next time she annoys you :)

  • SuzieQ

    WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE if we don’t find out which way you hang your toilet paper roll..something else to obsess about. Can’t wait to see “in the flesh” pictures of not Maria.

  • http://lacienciacohete.wordpress.com Bea

    She is the cutest thing ever. This baby is lucky to have such an awesome big sister. For some reason, I’m so excited for you guys! Haha.

  • http://www.nykola.com Ambra Nykol

    I’m feeling a little Rachel Green from “Friends” when I say “I don’t see it!” As in, I’m staring at your ultrasound pictures and I don’t see the face! But I trust it’s there :-)

    I can only imagine the relief you must feel now. Doctors, they’re great people in general, but they can scare the bajeezus out of you in a matter of sentences. Congrats on making it to the home stretch. May you not poop in the delivery room :-)

  • Anonymous

    I’m 32 and a half weeks and my baby is measuring almost 3 weeks bigger as well. I have to have a second 3 hour test to make sure I don’t have gestational diabetes.

  • http://babyonbored.blogspot.com StefanieWilderTaylor

    So, yeah, my friend Suzy told me to come read this because I’d relate only my story didn’t turn out so well. I was measuring small because the damn baby (twin) was way too small. On my “follow up” ultrasound to supposedly confirm everything was fine I ended up going straight to the hospital and gave birth less than two weeks later at 33.5. My little ladies were born at 2.6 pounds and 4.6 pounds. You know, at the time I was like “this is the most horrible, craziest, it can’t happen to me thing ever” but now, even with my little one’s many issues due to being born so small, it’s all good. And hey, being a chick and being small is kinda cool for her. She won’t end up with a big juicy Jewish butt like her mama.

    BUT, I’d much rather hear that it ended up being ALL GOOD! Congrats. And congrats on the book.

    This, by the way, is from your fellow Simon Spotlight Baby Mama writer.

  • http://www.whyareyouyelling.blogspot.com Linda

    To be fair, that’s how I always tell my dreams to my friends and I’m an adult. I also end stories with “Can I see it now?” even when I’m not being taped. So what I’m saying is that I should babysit your daughter.

  • Kristine

    Whoa! Can we say valley girl? LOL Seriously, I could watch this ten times over – I just love how everything ends in a question mark and how she quickly catches her breath every few seconds. What a riot. It’s no wonder you’re water hasn’t broke yet on the count of all the laughing at Leta’s story telling. PS – Jon better get his guns ready, there will be boys beating your door down for this one. She’s simply beautiful.

  • http://beyondthewindow.wordpress.com beyond

    aawww so cute. both of them. I had a hard time locating the face on the ultrasound but then i saw it. somehow it looks like there’s a keychain in there too. leta likes the camera… she’s starting to look like a ‘big girl’. seems like you were pregnant with her just recently. time flies.