half way there, give or take

And all of a sudden, we’re there…done with 20 weeks of incubating Baby Fierce, revealed yesterday to be the oh so lovely Sophia Grace:-) On the left, we have the first glimpse of Sophia as bump back in late August, around 12 weeks. On the right, we have the most current belly status.







But of course, this ultimately is not about the belly (though the increased rate of expansion continues to take me by surprise–the ongoing conversation with myself goes something like this “wow! i think my belly is really showing today.” next day: “wow! i think my belly is really showing today!” next day: “seriously??? bigger again??!!” etc etc), but about our darling, banana-sized daughter. We got almost an hour of Sophia performing on the big screen as the technician zoomed in on everything from her brain to her heart to the vertebrae of her spine to the bones of her toes. Honestly mind-blowing stuff. How did it come to be that this is the process that produces all of us?

She jumped about and took some time to chill, demonstrating a very mature understanding of how to be balance enthusiasm and relaxation:-)

She can hear now, and Josh read her Good Night Moon the other night. She seemed to enjoy it, knocking on my belly to show her approval. Either that, or she was trying to get some peace and quiet after listening to the shrieks of high school girls all day:-) Another father note, Josh has begun to express some concerns about our rental house. All in all, it’s a good deal–we’ve got raised beds out front, Josh’s studio upstairs, my writing room with all my books, a basement with all our bikes. But Josh explained, “We need to move once the kid can walk…it’s dirty. There’s not a lot of space. There are too many angles…” Apparently he’s worried that Sophia will inherit her mother’s slightly absent-minded nature which does occasionally lead to encounters with unexpected edges and angles. So if you know of any domes in the Portland area, let us know.

About jessicaepierce

Jessica Pierce has worked a a farm hand, file clerk, bicycle mechanic and teaching poet. After taking up space every where from the San Joaquin Valley to Arkansas to Boston to Guatemala to India to Oakland, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, a sitar player, and their two year old daughter. As the lead teacher and language arts teacher at an alternative school outside of Portland, she works with high school students at risk of dropping out. She also teaches summer creative writing classes at St. Mary's Academy in downtown Portland. Her work has been published in the Painted Bridge Quarterly, the Christian Science Monitor weekly magazine, outwardlink.net, The Times of India (Kolkata), and the Northwest Review, which nominated her for Meridian magazine’s 2007 Best New Poets anthology. She’s had the privilege of studying with Rosanna Warren, Dorianne Laux, Pimone Triplett, Sam Witt and Jorie Graham.
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3 Responses to half way there, give or take

  1. Tynan 'Unky' Pierce says:

    A yurt in Astoria…

  2. Awesome….aren’t belly shots fun? (and no, I’m not thinking about that kind). So glad that everything is going well – love reading your posts. We have that 1hr appointment next Friday – and so we’re excited to get to spend that much time with the little guys (or little girls….we’ll figure out for sure then…

    I love the fact that you and Sarah are probably going to be giving birth right around the same time!

  3. Kat says:

    Looking great! How cool that you got to see Sophia in action for almost an hour!

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