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Short post due to some shit hitting the fan at work. Better posts in the future.

Today was our second ultrasound. I originally had been referring to our embryos as “the Chickens” for no reason in particular. The Professor said that sounded weird, especially now that I EAT chicken. I agreed and so we started calling them “the Birdies” until we learned there was only one and it became “the Birdie.”

“Birdie” is really cute and stuff, but it is also what I affectionately call The Professor so the Professor was always saying “the Birdie or the Belley” making sure I realized this was just as much my baby as his. And calling an embryo “Belley” is just weird. Blah Blah Blah so we didn’t know what to call the creature currently residing in my uterus and sucking all my energy.

Until today. Today’s ultrasound image made it very clear what this little guy will be called. Introducing our Chicken… (ultrasound images after the jump)

The Chicken at 7 weeks, 4 days. Proudly posted on our fridge with the Evil Eye magnet to ward off bad spirits. My Dad brought this magnet back from Turkey from one of his many work trips abroad. 

Tell me that does not look like a little chicken roasting in an oven? Weird, isn’t it? I’m a little disturbed by how much my baby looks like a headless roaster. Dr. B assured me all was well though. Chicken has more than doubled in size since last week and now features arm and leg buds, a spine AND an umbilical chord, all of which we got to see.

The Hematoma Monster is slightly larger, but Dr. B could not see the appearance of any new blood. He remains cautious but was glad it had not gotten bigger. He said they usually see them start to reduce in size after 8 weeks so here’s to hoping!

The sack was nice and big and round and everything aside from the Hematoma Monster looked great. I got to hear Chicken’s heartbeat again and it made me cry, again. Such a lovely sound. I wish I could listen to it all the time. I love you little Chicken. Please stay strong and don’t let the Hematoma Monster scare you.

And for your viewing pleasure, here is the first ultrasound and the embryo photo.

6 weeks, 4 days. That round shiny dusty thing at the top is actually a dirty mirror magnet. I should clean more. 

5 days old. One of these is Chicken, one is not. Crazy to think I’ll never know who is who.



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  1. November 13, 2012

    Wow. Baby really DOES look like a roaster chicken. But it’s the cutest roaster chicken ever. 🙂

    So glad you got good news today. Now we just need that damn hematoma to disappear!

  2. November 13, 2012

    Definitely a chicken in there. Yay!!!

    I hope you get the work stuff sorted out.

  3. Ginny #
    November 13, 2012

    I LIKE the name Chicken………’s cute! Actually, I call my eleven year old daughter either Chickee or Chicken all the time. Because I think of her as my baby chick. Keep on being strong Chicken/Birdie!! Congrats on a wonderful appt today! xx

  4. November 13, 2012

    Welcome Lil Chicky \o/

    I LOVE the magnet. I have one hanging by my front door and on my keyring (I generally go a little overboard on Turkish things).

  5. November 13, 2012

    Hooray for the little chicken growing as he or she should! It does kinda look like a roaster… Funny!
    I recommend recording the heartbeat (on your phone) at your next opportunity… I did this with our lil nugget and enjoy listening to her whenever I please!
    Congrats on the great second u/s report. Celebrate it as another little victory!

  6. Mo #
    November 13, 2012


  7. whatrhymeswithinfertile #
    November 13, 2012

    Adorable little Chicken! You are making me want to go for my FET NOW!!!! 🙂

  8. November 13, 2012

    Well, in this case we can certainly say that the egg came before the chicken. The scrambled egg, of course.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  9. SRB #
    November 13, 2012

    Well, you know I LOVE the nickname “Chicken”! Fabulous news! 🙂

  10. Shelley #
    November 13, 2012

    Whew! I had been awaiting this all day. So glad all is looking well! I’m curious about what your doc said about hematomas usually disappearing around the 8 week mark. Does that mean that they are quite common in early pregnancy? I never heard this about them before. Gives me hope that mine was just an annoying though relatively common thing that is probably going away or gone now.

  11. November 13, 2012

    This has got to be my favourite blog post today!!!! So so happy that all is good! X

  12. November 13, 2012

    So so so so glad to hear that everything is going well!! You’re little chicken is fantastic 🙂

  13. Jen #
    November 13, 2012

    YAY! So happy that the little Chicken is hanging in there and doing all the stuff s/he’s supposed to be doing! And how wonderful to hear the heartbeat again! Grow, Chickie, Grow!

  14. November 13, 2012

    Look at that little Chickie!!!! Yes he/she does look like a chicken in an oven, which I guess isn’t any weirder than “bun in the oven” types of comment. Except that a chicken in an oven is a headless bird… Anyway, yay! Can’t wait for more updates! But I highly recommend NOT buying a doppler in the meantime haha

  15. November 13, 2012

    Amazing!!! Your egg hatched into a chicken, and now your chicken will hatch into a baby (that makes no sense, but just run with it, k?). The 7-week ultrasounds always look like this, or like mini versions of the Michelin man… so weird. But your chicky looks perfect. 🙂

  16. November 13, 2012

    YAY for Chicken!!! Keep growing little one!!

  17. karaleen #
    November 13, 2012

    Oh my word… is a chicken in there. But a healthy, moving, growing with a lovely beating heart chicken. I am so thrilled for you. sorry about the BS at work…hopefully that will resolve. Happy the Hematoma monster is behaving and soooo soooo thrilled today was a good day. congrats on a cute little chick in there. Yay. I’m so very happy for you both.

  18. Kristy #
    November 13, 2012

    Yay! 🙂

  19. November 13, 2012

    Congratulations!!! And your description of your little chicken has made me suddenly hungry for Thanksgiving… :/

  20. Aspgriswold #
    November 13, 2012

    So incredibly happy for you!!!

  21. Arbrefleur #
    November 13, 2012

    Hoooray! I so agree with the other posters, that Chicken is an adorable name and very poetic. After all, those scrambled eggs sorted themselves out into a quite a perfect little chick! Congratulations!!

    • Arbrefleur #
      November 13, 2012

      p.s. Just a quick note I wanted to add, because I think that you are a such an amazingly considerate blogger for posting the ultrasound pics not in the body of the blog post and for giving a little notice about them (just in case). Perhaps that is weird of me to notice or say, (and if it wasn’t intentional, I apologize for implying this) but I for one really appreciate it! Of course, I clicked right over b/c I was so happy and excited to check out Little Chicken, but I completely understand being triggered by u/s photos as I’ve been there so many times over the years. I think you are truly a great gal 😉

  22. November 13, 2012

    I have been waiting on this post all day! WAHOO!!!!! When is your next ultrasound?

    In regards to your embryo photo – I am guessing that chicken is the one on our right – because that is one nicely-expanding blast! I have a similar picture of ours and I’m choosing to believe that the one that looks most like a high-quality blast is the one that stuck. Makes me feel good that it’s nice and strong and will continue to be!!!

    I am so excited for you!

  23. November 13, 2012

    What an extraordinarily beautiful Little Chicken! Or could we say, Chicken Little 🙂 So happy for you, Belle!!

  24. stupidstork #
    November 13, 2012

    For the record, I enjoy the name Chicken, plus I think your uterus-occupant has went out of his way to agree. 😉

  25. Amy #
    November 13, 2012

    Yay! Stay plucky, little Chicken! Hope the cleanup of the fan-shittery isn’t too awful.

  26. 35life #
    November 13, 2012

    I feel like this answers the age-old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg. 🙂 Great news!!

  27. Juno #
    November 13, 2012

    If you ask me it looks like a perfect baby! The embryo on the right is definitely your chicken. Just my expert opinion! So thrilled for you Belle! Xoxo

  28. Mrs. Sunnyside Up #
    November 13, 2012

    So happy for you!
    Keeping everything crossed for you!


  29. November 13, 2012

    Yay! Congrats Belle. I’m so glad that everything looked great. Do you feel relieved? When do you go back again? When will you “graduate”?

  30. November 13, 2012

    I can’t like this post enough. SOOO happy that all is going well. 😀

  31. November 13, 2012

    Yay! Glad things look good!

  32. Lee #
    November 13, 2012

    Wonderful, simply wonderful.

  33. November 13, 2012

    Good news!!! Doing a happy dance.

  34. WTW #
    November 13, 2012

    What a cute little chicken! So glad to read that you had another great ultrasound! Damn bleeding! I hope neither of us has to go through that again!

  35. November 13, 2012

    Hooray chicken! My haematoma, BASTARD, went away, and I hope yours does too, and soon. Mine got bigger a few times, and while I hope yours just disappears, if it hangs around just stay calm and carry on. I’m proof positive that even the shittiest outlook can have a happy ending. They are def more common in ivf pregnancies, though no one knows why.

    Go chicken, go!

  36. November 14, 2012

    OMSg!!! Yay 🙂

  37. meggola #
    November 14, 2012

    Hooray! I’m so glad little Chicken is doing well! Mine looked like gummy bears at the 8w u/s. I bet (and hope) that Monster goes away soon. My IVF nurse told me she felt that at least 80% of her patients that got pregnant had bleeding early on, and SCHs are very common with IVF, for some unfair reason. Just what we need, right? Something more to stress about. Go Chicken, go!

  38. November 14, 2012

    Woohoo!! Stay put little Chicken! Congrats on a good u/s and doctor visit!

  39. Jennifer #
    November 14, 2012

    Woo hoo!!! Stay strong little Chicken!! 🙂

  40. November 14, 2012

    Wonderful news! So glad it is looking good, grow away little chick 🙂

  41. November 14, 2012

    hurray!!! so happy to see this post. may the next 33 weeks be every bit as beautiful! :~D

  42. November 14, 2012

    Yay!!! All is well!

  43. November 14, 2012

    Congratulations! My sister also called her baby “chicken” even after she delivered him, but she was copying a celebrity who wrote a book about pregnancy. So it doesn’t sound weird to me at all! I can’t wait to hear all about your pregnancy, take care of yourself!

  44. jak #
    November 15, 2012

    CHICKENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg, your bird totally looks like a chicken. that is too cute.

    i’ve been calling ours ‘little fo.cker’, as to start weening myself off the f word a little at a time in preparation for being a mom to creatures that can speak (my dogs probably use the f word a ton, i just can’t understand them when they do), but also because, yes, he or she is zapping my energy too and making me sick, but that’s reassuring, yes.

    that is a really good u/s… you have a good tech/good system.

    so excited for you…….:)))

  45. November 16, 2012

    Cutest little chicken ever!

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