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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

There's a WHAT inside my wife?!?!


Do you remember those super cool pictures with the hidden 3D images that became really popular back in the nineties? They just looked like some type of pointless radical design at first glance but then your buddy who already had it figured out taught you how to look deeper into the picture. Maybe he showed you how to put your nose against it, slightly cross your eyes and slowly move your head away from the picture while gradually uncrossing your eyes until you finally saw it. 

What took you so long?

 For crying out loud, there's an angry three dimensional shark with two rows of flesh hungry teeth exploding out of the murky water (that you thought you actually felt splash your face) seconds away from chomping down on a tasty unfortunate surfer that the shark had mistaken for a manatee!!! ...and this is all happening mere inches from your face! You were practically giving him a cross eyed kiss only seconds ago!!! 

BOOM!!!

 Your mind was officially blown.
 How in the world did they do that? 


Well, the answer is: I don't know.

 I read some stuff on Google but I don't really remember... or maybe I'm just too elementary minded to comprehend what I read. Maybe that's why I have such an appreciation for these pictures in the first place.

What I do know (thanks to Google) is that the super cool picture with a hidden 3D image actually has a name. It's called:

THE STEREOGRAM:

Blast from the past, right? When was the last time you saw one of these bad boys? Did you know it's called a Stereogram? I'm impressed if you did. To be honest with you I had completely forgotten about these things until about two years ago. I remember exactly where I was when the memory of the stereogram re-entered my mind. I was sitting in a chair at the hospital while my stunningly beautiful pregnant wife was paying the receptionist for our 19 week doctor visit. We were anticipating the birth of our second child. We were approximately half way through the pregnancy. I was pouring over 8 or 9 pictures that were somehow even more mind blowing than the stereogram... 
and that's before I saw it.

What is "it" you ask? I'll get to "it" momentarily. For now, let's talk about those pictures.



THE SONOGRAM:
( Our second son, Fletcher, in the womb @ 10 weeks all by himself)

 I'd venture to say that pretty much everyone knows what a sonogram is. Those of us who are parents could never forget. I'm sure you remember that feeling you had the first time you saw a sonogram of your child/children; the first time you heard the heart beat. It's really the first chance to bond with your child. Even though your wife may have taken a pregnancy test or had her pregnancy confirmed by a doctor it just doesn't hit you until you see that tiny little guy and hear that beautiful breath taking heart beat. I will never forget that feeling... instant chills and an instant rush of the happiest tears to my eyes... true love.

 Okay... I'll stop.

 I can feel you tearing up on me.
(or maybe it's just me.)

What I'm trying to say is that it's one of life's mind blowing moments. I'd be lying if I said it was the same feeling I felt when I saw my first stereogram. That would be silly. It's similar but it's different. I already told you that I have an elementary mind. Don't get me wrong, I'm a smart enough guy but I guess I just really appreciate things that are "super cool" to me. A stereogram and a sonogram are both "super cool" in their own special way. Even though you have to look "deeper" into a stereogram to see what it has to offer, the super cool pay off moment is much deeper with the sonogram. When comparing the two, it's kind of funny when you think about it that way. But why would anyone bother to think about it that way? What would possess anyone to even bother comparing the two?

(Fletcher @ 19 weeks presumably still all by himself in the womb
don't worry, he doesn't have a twin.)


Am I right? Are you asking yourself  why I even bothered to make this comparison?

Well, the answer is: I don't know.

Just kidding. I actually have an answer this time but before I tell you, let me ask you a few questions that may seem like they are coming out of left field.

You've seen Toy Story right?

If you have kids they probably love the movies. You may even love them yourself.



Are you familiar with Woody, Buzz and the gang?

My oldest son, Cooper, LOVES Toy Story. At the time of our 19 week appointment with Fletcher it is safe to say that we were watching parts of Toy Story on an every day basis. It is also safe to say that my wife and I were seeing the Toy Story characters in our sleep. They had basically become part of the family.


This was the scene at our house on Christmas morning that year.

Back to the question at hand.

Why would I bother to compare a stereogram and a sonogram?

This is why:




When I first saw him while sitting in that chair at the doctor's office I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I thought I had watched so much Toy Story that I was just seeing things. When i mentioned it to my wife she rolled her eyes. When she saw him for herself she couldn't believe her eyes. In case you haven't seen him yet, I will help you out.


WOODY!!!

Cowboy hat, vest and all.

Inside my wife.

Propped up against my unborn son's face.

"There's a snake in my boot!"

Once you see him you can't unsee him. We showed the receptionist. She cracked up laughing. She started showing Woody to everyone in the doctor's office. We were all laughing. The doctor even heard the laughter and came around the corner to see what was causing such a commotion. When he saw Woody he laughed heartily and explained to me how the babies right hand, jaw and nasal cavity lined up perfectly to make it look like Woody was hanging out in there. He even made a joke about there being "a Woody" inside my wife.

Gee. Thanks Doc.

As if Woody and the gang weren't already a big enough part of our family, now we're bonded forever and I'll never believe that those toys don't really come to life when no one is watching.

It was a fun moment. One I'll never forget. Right there in that chair in the doctor's office I actually had a stereogram moment for the first time since the nineties.

BOOM!!!

My mind was officially blown.
How in the world did they do that?

(Fletcher and Woody today. Two years later.)








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24 comments:

  1. Haha! I remember this! So crazy. It's true, once you see it, you can't unsee it! Fletch & Woody...buddies since the womb! :)

    You should get the sonogram picture embedded into a Stenogram! Double mind blown!! Enjoyable read as always :)

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    1. In the history of man kind I don't think anyone has had a better idea than to combine the Woody sonogram and a stereogram. I'll get that for Fletch on his 18th birthday.

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  2. Ok great post....well after I spent a good 5 mins staring as hard as I could at the stenogram!! Dan you childhood!!

    I couldn't believe it!! What on earth is woody doing inside your Mrs? That would have freaked me out for ages!! Thanks for sharing it with us. Mind completely blown!

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    1. Thanks Martyn. I was guilty of staring at that thing a little longer than I'd like to admit...with no results mind you. Woody and I are going to have a little talk one day.

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  3. Hee hee sweet post, although a little freaky too... Could have been worse than Woody I guess ;-) #brilliantblogposts

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    1. Haha. Definitely could have been worse than Woody. Thanks for giving it a read.

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  4. Casey, I remember when Fletcher came out and grabbed Woody and went back to his womb to play. Daphne was glad he brought Woody to play with instead of Rex.

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  5. Hilarious post! I can definitely see Woody in your sonogram picture. Yet in my own, I could barely make out Archie's arms and legs (don't worry, he did have them in the end).

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    1. Thanks man. Definitely a once in a lifetime picture. I'm glad Archie ended up having arms and legs. :). I remember freaking myself out about every little thing during both of my wife's pregnancies.

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  6. Ha love this! So funny, one of my children resembled an elephant in his scan!!

    Stevie :) #BigFatLinky

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    1. Thanks for reading. Would love to see that baby elephant. Haha.

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  7. Lol, that is brilliant! As you say, once you see it you can't unsee it. I love your comparison with a stereogram and a sonogram although I have to admit I was never able to see the pictures with the stereogram (although I did manage to see Woody once you'd pointed him out!) :-)

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    1. Thanks for the read and comment Louise. I try so hard to just see a baby in that sonogram picture but Woody demands my attention. ha. Take care.

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  8. Glad you linked up with us on the #bigfatlinky was good to see this post again. Still spent far too long staring!!

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  9. This is brilliant!! If a little terrifying! I can chortle from the depths of my non-pregnant belly, but if I had seen that scan during pregnancy, I may have been slightly spooked!! Gorgeous picture of the two of them at the end. :-)
    Helena

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    1. Haha. Great comment Helena. This was such a memorable moment for my family although I'm sure my wife was a bit freaked out. Thanks for reading commenting and complementing. Take care

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  10. So Funny! I could never do those 3-D pictures. The problem was that there's actually a picture somewhere in there, and you can't fake it. The one with the shark? There's no sense saying..."wow, what a cool sailboat, dude" because everyone that can see into those creepy things knows it's a shark waiting to bite your head off.Sonograms were a little easier to read, and we got 2 every visit. One for each twin. I think the first time I saw them though, I told the doctor; "Look at the cool sailboat!"

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    1. hahaha. its funny how tough it is to know what your seeing in a sonogram at the first visit. I can't imagine having two in there at once...I bet you're a pro by now. I got a kick out of your comment. thanks buddy.

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  11. This is bloody brilliant! Takes a few seconds and then you get it! Thanks for sharing this and thanks for linking up #bigfatlinky

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