|Any resemblance to this child is purely coincidental|
My grandfather looked over and casually said "You know what's going to happen, right? You're going to stretch out your nostrils and they'll never go back to the way they were."
"Nuh uh," I said, lowering my finger uncertainly.
"It's true. I used to have a nose like yours. Then I picked it, and look at it now."
I was horrified. My grandfather surely had one of the largest probosci ever to light on a human face. Each of his nostrils was cavernous. As a child, it looked to me as if I could run the tracks of my electric train (a big Lionel, not one of those wimpy Tyco things) up one nostril and out the other, which would have been a lot more fun than that stupid styrafoam mountain that came with the train set, though similar in size and shape. His nose jutted from his face in a magnificent arc that would have made a macaw proud.
My point is that, while I didn't inherit the Nathan nose, I know it's lurking in my genes, preparing to enthusiastically assert itself in a new generation (my mom got it, but I promised I wouldn't talk about why she no longer has it. All I'll say is that it also was a rite of passage for a lot of girls at my high school). And our donor appears to have a healthy schnoz.
Now, look what appeared in my inbox this morning:
Okay, okay, I know it's likely what's left of the yolk sac. And other nose-news is quite good -- Dr. Jolly noted nasal bones on both on this morning's report.
Approx. gestational age: 12 weeks 0 days
BPD - 14mm (help me out here, is that a little small?)
CRL - 53mm
Nuchal translucency - 0.9mm
No obvious gross transgenital anomaly (nuchal translucency and the presence of a nasal bone suggest a lower risk of Down's Syndrome and other genetic abnormalities -- normal is up to 2.0mm at 11 weeks)
Approx. gestational age: 11 weeks 4 days
BPD- 13mm (will we have children with very small heads but very large noses?)
CRL - 47mm
Nuchal lucency: 1.1mm
By the way, I'm trying to comment on all your blogs, but for some reason, Blogger keeps telling me I don't have access. Not even to comment on my own. But I am reading...