Last week Wolf, Rhiannon, and I headed over to Arizona to have a 3d/4d ultrasound done. Ælfyn has been kicking up a storm in there, and often responds to voices and music, most especially Wolf’s laughter and certain kinds of drumming, so we’ve been extra eager to see him. I was at exactly 28 weeks when we had it done, and it was nice to see that he had chubby cheeks, was over 2.5 lbs, with a healthy heart, and growing just as expected.
While the ultrasound was blurrier than we would have liked, it was certainly clear enough to watch him wave his hands around, grin, and even look like he was laughing. Now, I’m well aware that “professionals” will say that new babies only smile because of gas etc., and that it’s not a sign of emotional happiness, but Ælfyn certainly looked like an excited baby to me, wiggling and waving with that big grin.
It was a big relief for me to see him so healthy and vital, as this pregnancy hasn’t been an easy one, dealing with both gallbladder issues and anemia on top of my ongoing health issues such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, various auto-immune problems, and the like. Now that I’m recovering from the worst of my anemia, I actually have enough energy to be excited about this final trimester!
I’ll be posting more soon on how I’ve treated some of my health issues during pregnancy. I would have liked to have written about it more regularly before now, but the truth is, that I’ve barely had enough energy to get through each day for the last many months, and had absolutely nothing left over for writing anything coherent. These days though, I’m starting to feel much better, as evidenced by the fact that my autistic brain is back to hyperfocusing on research, languages, and ancestral ethnobotany!
Linguistic Note: By the way, Ælfyn’s name is not so frightening as it may first seem to write/type/say. The letter Æ, which is called ash/æsc/ ᚫ in Old English, can be made by pressing alt/option + ” on most computers, but it’s also just fine to write Aelfyn. Given the era of Anglo-Saxon Old English/Ænglisc we’re drawing from, his name is pronounced ALE-fin. Some people will argue for a different æ pronunciation closer to the a in happy or apple, but I can refer you to my favorite Anglo-Saxon scholars and linguists if you’re interested in that discussion.