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    A bird in the hand

    Our family had a bit of a scare this week: Megan, in her 19th week of pregnancy, experienced some funky business with Bubby's brother-to-be. So her doctor ordered an ultrasound.

    Thankfully, all turned out well. Baby is alive and kicking and nestled firmly in (the right) place. And Megan and Preston were once again treated to an inside look at their second son ... which they then kindly shared with the family and I now share with you:

    Bubby got a kick out of his baby brother's peek-a-boo stance and joyfully played a game of the same with PawDad and me during our Tuesday night Skype session, giggling and demonstrating how he and his brother will soon play.

    The baby does indeed look like he's playing peek-a-boo in the photos. He also looks, to me, like a little bird, his wings still tiny and frail but soon to be strengthened then stretched as he learns to fly and eventually soar.

    The thought of him being a little bird immediately brought a song to my heart ... and an earworm to my head. This is the song, the earworm, the empowering "Little Bird" the ultrasound pics bring to mind:

    (Annie Lennox - Little Bird found on YouClubVideo)

    In light of the way I see the little guy in the pictures and the gotta-dance-about-it song he's lodged in my head and heart -- and despite Megan and Preston not yet settling 100 percent on the baby's name, despite the cute monikers offered up when I asked for suggestions on Facebook -- I've officially chosen a name to call Bubby's brother here on the blog. Well, more accurately, a name has been chosen for me, for the baby.

    So without further adieu, dear Grandma's Briefs readers, I hereby dub thee, my newest grandbaby ... Birdy!

    Stay tuned for the further adventures -- and peek-a-boo games! -- of Birdy and Bubby.

    (PS: Just for kicks, take a look at Birdy's mouth and nose in the first ultrasound picture, then scroll down to the picture of Bubby in the "Changes on the way" post from two days ago. Do they not look alike already?)

    Today's question:

    When did you last have a "shew!" experience, a moment of relief when you -- literally or figuratively -- wipe your brow, sigh "shew!" and feel like everything's going to be okay?

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    Wow. I think the ultrasounds these days are just amazing. So happy everything is alright. My shew moment was when our youngest grandson started having seizers. Thankfully he will out grow them.

    January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

    Aren't those ultrasounds amazing?

    January 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjules

    Our DD3's nickname is Birdie!

    Ultrasounds are fantastic, aren't they? Thanks for sharing.

    January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam

    I've had several "shew!" experiences during my pregnancy but, being who I am, none of hem have really left me feeling like everything would be OK -- just that this thing or that thing would be OK. But I'm glad things are going well for Birdy. I can't wait to see more pictures.

    January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPammeey

    Love LOVE love the name Birdy! And love the reasons behind it even more. So excited for you and Birdy's Mom and Dad...........and Bubby, of course!

    January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

    My most recent "shew" is the same as yours; remember, Birdy is set to be my 5th great-grandbaby.

    January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn it! Ultrasounds are so clear these days.

    My recent "shew" was when the last plane I was on landed. I DO NOT like to fly and the approach to the Springs was pretty shaky.

    January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    My most recent "shew" was very recent when I learned that my son's severe case of pancreatitis was due to a blocked gall stone. It had a pretty easy fix and no long term risks to his health.

    January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Shelley

    I'm so glad everything is ok with little Birdy. It's is already clear that he is going to be a cutie.
    My most recent "whew" was when my 3 month old grandson's 2 days of high fever finally broke.

    January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

    I'm so glad everything is OK with your daughter and :Birdie" his nickname! Congrats also on their moving to a new home!

    My daughter-in-law recently had a 3D sonogram and it was fun to peek at our little grandbaby in utero. His pictures were not as clear as his older brother's was, however (probably due to the technician's skill), and I felt sad about that as I want everything to be just as special about his arrival as with # 1 My DIL is beginning to feel very tired and "big" --this pregnancy is harder than the first..probably because she is running after an active two year old this time around!

    My last "shew" moment? Finding out my son was OK after he was in an auto accident!

    January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat

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