Of OB Appointments and Nicknames

Our first OB appointment yesterday left us giddy and awed.  After going over our medical history, running through the long list of prescriptions I currently take, and asking a few questions, our OB offered to do an ultrasound.  Yes, please!  Aaron and I were amazed.  Our previous two ultrasounds were neat, but almost in more of a theoretic way.  We knew we were looking at our baby, but we couldn’t really see much.  For this one, though, the OB could show us the head, the developing brain, a tiny arm and a tiny leg, the umbilical cord, and a visibly pulsing heart (which we also got to hear again).  It all thrilled us; we smiled and smiled, and Aaron laughed incredulously.  The hematoma is much smaller now, too – a long thin line, instead of a blob bigger than the baby.  Our baby is 2 cm now, four times bigger at 8w3d than the 5mm of 6w6d!  According to my OB, I’m a “normal” patient now, a relief after such a complicated beginning.

So now, without further ado, allow me to introduce you to the Olive Shoot!


Why the Olive Shoot?  It comes from Psalm 128, which refers to children as olive shoots.  I think it will be a fun nickname to use on the blog while the baby is in the womb.  Aaron is lobbying hard for a different nickname, though.  He calls the baby Aloysius, a holdover from when he gave our A, B, and C graded embryos nicknames for each letter.  He’s pretty sure Aloysius is the one that stuck.  But I’d rather the name Aloysius not stick!  So here on the blog, Olive Shoot it is.  Hi, baby Olive Shoot!



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20 responses to “Of OB Appointments and Nicknames

  1. Congratulations! I love the way Olive Shoot is labeled in the ultrasound, so we can really see it, too.

  2. Beth

    We love you already, Olive Shoot! Can’t wait to meet you next year!

  3. elisabeth

    Ah, that brings back fond memories of Chester (Zach’s name until he was born). I think Olive Shoot is a much better name. May you remember God’s abundant blessing on your lives each time you talk about Olive Shoot.

  4. Awwww…I love it! Your little Olive Shoot is precious!!

  5. Love love love love love the nickname .. and especially the picture of olive shoot! 🙂 Enjoy every minute!!!

  6. That is so amazing – your baby is so beautiful! Olive shoot is a perfect nickname. 🙂

    Random sidenote, but our church supports a a pastor in Africa named Aloysius!

  7. Brooke Moore

    YAY!! So happy for you 🙂

  8. Liz

    Baby Olly!!!

    So, so happy for you.

  9. JJ

    Helllllo baby Olive Shoot! Love the nickname and reason for it!

  10. Amy

    I am so thrilled for you. After our 6+ years of secondary infertility, it’s amazing how once your sweet baby is here, the mourning is instantly turned into dancing. You barely even remember the days of sadness and trying. I can’t wait to meet little Olive Shoot next year! Praying for you.

  11. Angie

    Totally not related to your beautiful Olive Shoot BUT did you know that the definition of noggin is: “A small cup; a small amount of liquor; or informal for a person’s head.” Noggin is one of my favorite words and I loved seeing it to describe your 2 cm wonder.

  12. Mya

    Little Olive Shoot is already adorable. What a perfect nickname.

  13. amy

    How precious! And I, too, love the nickname.

    Hmm. For that matter, I kinda’ like the name Olive. Not Oliver, though.

  14. It is so much fun to read your pregnant posts! 🙂 Love the captions on the ultrasound pic! I am just so HAPPY for you both!! It’s a delight to watch you walk this path.

  15. Annika

    It’s so interesting to see such early ultrasound pics, as we never had them this early…how wonderful and miraculous! We continue to be so happy for you all and praise God for you in our prayers!

  16. william & kia

    baby olive shoot, you’ve got yourself some pretty fantastic parents! we are looking forward to meeting you next year!

  17. YOLD

    It took me quite a while, but I finally got my synapses working well enough to remember where I had heard of “Olive” before. It wasn’t Olive Oyl (though that came to mind), but it was that Olive is the name of the “other reindeer”. By the way, amazing picture of little Ollie. How great is our God!

  18. sarah

    hello, little olive shoot! You are CUTE! 🙂 We are so happy for you guys, Andrea!

  19. Laurie

    Your baby looks so precious. Awesome nickname. Maybe, it will be a little girl you could call Olivia. I’m praying for you and my little niece or nephew.

  20. Wow. Love the nickname and the labels.

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