Camera-Shy Foetuses

We went to the clinic again yesterday, for the regular checkup on Yudetamago’s progress. There don’t seem to be any problems; she’s getting bigger at an appropriate speed, and Yuriko seems to be doing well. The longest discussion was over the sorts of exercise that Yuriko should do, which boiled down to “it’s difficult”. She should definitely being doing some, because she will need the stamina when it comes to giving birth, but picking a good type and a good amount may be a bit harder. For the moment, we’ll probably stick with walking, as we both like doing that, and it’s not the sort of thing that can cause damage. She’s also going to carefully-monitored maternity exercises at the local sports centre.

We also got some more ultrasound pictures. Yudetamago is now too big to fit on the screen, so we have to look at one bit at a time. She also appears to be camera shy; she has her arms crossed in front of her face, which means that we can’t get good 3D pictures. So we have to make do with the 2D ones of her skeleton. Mind you, the doctor did manage to get one that shows a bit of her face, which is nice. But I guess we will have to wait until she’s born to see what she really looks like.

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5 Comments

  1. I recommend special yoga for childbirth classes. Perhaps you can’t get them in Japan. You do need a suitably trained yoga specialist, not just any yoga teacher.

  2. Well, hopefully she won’t be camera shy when she finally arrives because her proud grandfather is going to be in her face taking pictures 24/7 when he arrives to meet her. You should see the photo studio he has set up—good thing it isn’t that portable. I’m happy that everything is going as it should. I can’t wait to see/meet her-I know she will be ADORABLE!. Talk to you soon.

  3. Nice to see you here, Holly. Yes, I really hope that she gets over being camera-shy before Dad arrives. Mind you, the proud father is planning to take one or two photos as well, so she’ll have had a warm-up.

  4. “One or two” just won’t cut it I’m afraid. [OK, OK I know you don’t mean it literally]. I am bringing enough Compact Flash storage to give me the capability to take 1000+ images in RAW format (start adding the 0s if we go for low resolution JPEG. But why would we?). Be warned – I clearly have a reputation to uphold. Nevertheless, we must get this in perspective; I will only be there for 4 days and estimate that Yudetamago will only be available and photographically interesting for 6 hours/day at the most. (There is a limit on the number of “sleeping baby/not moving images one can take, even for me). Is 40 images/hr really that exorbitant? Answers on a postcard to……….
    Of course, the “photographic studio” (two umbrella flashes do not a studio make – but I’m working on the rest :-)) was set up partly because a certain member of the family (think Christmas greenery) is always complaining that she never takes a “good photograph”, while resigning herself to closing her eyes everytime she is within infra-red range of a camera. I am still trying to work out whether or not this is unconscious boredom or the imitation of a large flightless bird interacting cranially with granular silica.
    BTW, if you think you will have a problem spare a thought for the poor photographer who agreed to do a photoshoot with H&N who then said they wanted about 100 final images. With H’s camera adverse reaction, a transient ocular occlusion nepenthe (hereinafter the CARTOON phenomenon) only about 10% of the images will be “keepers”. This means we will have to do 1000+ in one day. Hope we all survive.

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