It kicks, punches, grabs the umbilical cord, and does other things that are illegal in most sanctioned boxing matches. And it can probably hear what's going on outside the womb
Should we find out the baby's gender? That's the question of the moment. Babu's sex organs would be visible on an ultrasound, which is to say that Babu could officially become little Babbo or Babette.
Everyone knows that pregnant women are not supposed to sleep on their backs. So I was watching TV with the volume way up, Sarah asleep next to me. She looked comfortable, but something didn't seem right. After a minute, I figured it out: She was on her back.
And a perfect illustration of the difference between boys and girls: While Sarah was doing something practical that would help her later in life, I was climbing trees and picking fights and making noises with my armpit.
As Sarah relayed this information to me (she has only gained one pound), I was stuffing leftover pizza in my mouth. No one told me that I would be gaining weight during pregnancy, but I have somehow managed to pack on ten pounds. How is this possible?
Remember lanugo? That weird hair covering our fetus that I told you about back in week 17? Well, now our hairy little beast is also enjoying something called vernix, a thick, cheesy, smegma-like coating that protects its body during its months of living the Life Aquatic.
Chicken pox can cause birth defects in the fetus. I couldn't think of any scarier words on earth. Two minutes earlier I was blissfully fact -- checking a column about Italian cheese, and now we're talking birth defects?
During pregnancy, the amount of estrogen and progesterone in a woman's body skyrockets; then, immediately after the delivery, both hormone levels plummet. It's a change dramatic enough to scramble anyone's brain.
But when my child-to-be starts screaming in four months, I honestly don't know how I'll react. I certainly hope I don't run away. This is a hot-button issue, especially as it pertains to sleep.
Next to me was Sarah, trying on another pair of clown pants. Not only was I not watching football, what I was doing may have been the exact opposite of watching football.