|Finnabee’s mid-pregnancy ultrasound. Although, we were late getting to it, so it’s baby at 26.5 weeks, rather than the standard 20-ish weeks.|
Oh my word! My baby! On the screen there before my eyes! I couldn’t get enough!!
I also couldn’t get anything done on Thursday, after we got home from the sonogram place and I attempted to move on with my day. I just wanted to gaze at my little one!!
I’m so grateful that baby seems to be growing beautifully and all seems to be well.
|The sonogram technician (who was great) included captions for us in a few images.|
- As I mentioned last week, we enjoy reading the magazine First Things, and lots of the printed content is online. Erin, who refers to FT issues by the color of the cover (“that article is in the orange FT from a while ago”), reminded us of this send-up of Kahlil Gibran:
And here I swear a great vow that I opened truly at random,
Except that once I opened to a narrative passage
That, had I quoted it, would not have made sense.
A great parody to read with your older children, as an object lesson on how art or poetry or heck, even a grocery list, needs to mean something.
- Perhaps you might be interested in this article on How Not to Defend the Liberal Arts from the American Conservative.
- Auntie Leila gets interesting emails from readers requesting advice about building houses and what works for large families. It’s a subject of endless fascination! The conversation starts with big ideas. A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander is a book recommended to us by our friend Christina. You can get that book second hand for a bit of change, but you can also read it online (via the link above).
Since it’s a book that prides itself (mistakenly, we think) on not relying on images, reading it online should work pretty well.
The companion book is The Timeless Way of Building; also available as an online read (via link). Auntie Leila has this one on her summer reading list.
Chances are pretty good that you have seen this week’s viral video from Dove, Real Beauty Sketches. Although it obviously struck a chord of truth with many people, it’s also drawn a lot of criticism, a round-up of which you can see here. There are also a few parodies already, like this (warning: a bit vulgar) men’s version.I can see where some of the critics are coming from, especially in noting that there is an over-emphasis of the role that perceived – or real – beauty plays in our lives. But I also love the idea of helping women to realize that others enjoy their presence and see them as lovely regardless of – and sometimes because of – their physical imperfections. The features that we criticize about our own appearances are often perceived very differently by others, especially those who love us.While I think that the concept of the blind comparative drawing is an awesome one (and now I want to do it for someone!), I do think that the video is off-base in some ways.However, all of this reminds me of a great blog post I came across by a photographer a while ago: So You’re Feeling Too Fat to be Photographed. The point of this, which I think is a better message than the Dove one, is not that you have to consider yourself physically beautiful in order to be happy, but simply that you should know that the people around you do see you as beautiful, and to be more guided by the love of others than being caught up in the issue of self-image at all.It’s amazing when you find out that even models and actresses, who are widely considered to have the traits of beauty, popularly understood, still battle with self-image issues and hate at least one thing about their faces or bodies. To borrow my mother’s phrase, we probably all need to spend less time in front of the mirror.