Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Pregnancy

Katie is now in the third trimester of the pregnancy, and you can clearly see the baby when it moves around inside her womb. Sometimes it's like a beautiful miracle, and sometimes, it's disturbingly similar to the scene from Alien where the alien bursts through the woman's stomach.

Rosey is pretty regular about when she moves around and wiggles. It's always about an hour after Katie eats. If Katie skips a meal, Rosey moves around more violently, like she's trying to convince Katie to feed her. Rosey also likes to move around 3 AM, making it impossible for us to sleep through the night. I thought we had to wait for the baby to be born, before we lost our sleeping privileges.

I can understand why some people pick "the third trimester" as the limit for abortions, because at this point, it's clear that Rosey is a living, moving human being. You can't write her off as a fetus or a clump of cells anymore; she's clearly a person. Also, we're at the point where Rosey can survive outside of the womb. In fact, some people with our due date have already given birth, according to the weekly pregnancy emails we're getting. None of those childbirth stories were particularly pretty, but the good news is that all the other kids born two months early have survived, so if Katie were to go into labor today, odds are that our baby would survive, too.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. Im glad everything is going well! Wishing you and Katie the best!

Trisha Gaurav said...

'Person' means equal. This is why we think anyone who calls an unborn baby or even a one-year-old a person is deranged. But you didn't know that 'person' means equal, so you're not deranged.

Michael Gray said...

I would argue that a one-year-old counts as a person, as opposed to an animal or a robot or something. It's clearly not on the same intellectual, emotional or physical levels as other people, but that doesn't disqualify its humanity.

Anonymous said...

Where are you getting the definition that "person" means "equal"?

Trisha Gaurav said...

I know that a one-year-old counts as a human. The word "person" doesn't actually mean human. You could say that Loulou, Coucou and Miles from the Nancy Drew games are 'people'; 'person' just means intelligent being.

Andrea said...

The dictionary definition of "person" is "a human being regarded as an individual". A baby would certainly meet this qualification. Babies have different temperaments, different habits, etc. They are not mindless "eat,sleep,poop,repeat" machines.