Interior Views.

Last week I took Simone and Scott to a 3D ultrasound. Simone has been very excited about (and frequently impatient for) the upcoming arrival of Baby Twyla, but I think seeing the moving face of the actual baby I am housing helped make it less abstract for her. It certainly did for me.

Twyla at 31 Weeks

I mean, look! That is a real baby! MY baby. That face up there? Is INSIDE OF MY ABDOMEN.

Twyla 2Twyla 3

She looks SO like her sister in a few of these. A few remind me of my baby pictures, and I can definitely see Scott, but she doesn’t resemble either parent so much as she does Simone. Of course, she doesn’t look precisely like Simone, either. She is her own little person, which is such a strange, exciting thing to see.

Twyla 4Twyla Yawns

(We saw that yawn in real time!)


  1. ldoo says:

    Those have to be the best 3D pics I’ve ever seen! And I agree, she looks a lot like Simone – especially in the first shot. Yay!

  2. J in Eire says:

    I am so overjoyed for you all, what an experience to see your beautiful little girl so clearly … She is beyond beautiful.. You guys make sweet sweet babies. Simone is going to make such a great big sister..

  3. Swistle says:

    Those are amazing! I’ve never seen such good 3D ultrasound pictures! Most of the ones I’ve seen make the baby look kind of upsettingly weird, but she looks ADORABLE.

  4. Cara says:

    Ooh – it made it real for me, too. Hurry up Days, pass on by so we an meet Ms. Twyla! (Twyla, you keep your little self put until you’re time comes, though. Do you hear me, young lady?)

  5. Shauna says:

    UGH these are just perfect! Thanks for posting these, they are amazing to see! I bet they’d make an awesome before and after pictures after she’s born. Also, I am just so in love with the name Twyla, it is also perfect!

  6. heather... says:

    holy crap! I saw Simone in that top picture before I even read your words.

    I am so excited by how far you’ve carried Twyla so far. Isn’t having a third trimester trippy?


  7. Jane says:

    Ooh, so cute! Makes me want to dress her up in a little yellow onesie and cuddle her. I have two (grown-up) daughters of my own. Two daughters is the perfect family!

  8. Tammie says:

    Good job mama! That is one fine looking, almost fully cooked, baby. I was thinking she looked like Simone before I read it. So happy for you all.

  9. Nancy B says:

    I have to agree – she’s adorable, and she definitely looks like her big sister! Congratulations again on your growing family!

  10. Jeanette says:

    What a beautiful little miracle. Isn’t it just SO amazing? Soon you will be holding Twyla in your arms. How exciting it that? God Bless!

  11. Losh says:

    What fantastic pictures! She looks gorgeous and I will look forward to seeing her pictures when she gets out. (Makes it sound like she’s in jail!)

  12. jenni says:

    holy buckets, is it the pictures or does your gal have a mean head of hair on her already? amazing pictures, so sweet…

  13. Serina says:

    Oh my goodness, those photos are awesome! She DOES look like Simone, especially the first photo! I can’t wait until she is born! Kisses from Australia xxx

  14. Sarah says:

    Oh my god, the yawn!!!! They are the best 3d pics I’ve ever seen (and if anyone deserves good 3D pics it’s someone who’s having such a hard pregnancy)

  15. elizabeth bryan says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait for your family to meet your new baby girl and, yet, I don’t want this season of Madmen to end!

  16. Gilamonstre says:

    Alexa, help me please.

    I just bought your book, read it, devoured it, and it’s over. I know you’re divinely busy and having just had our second little girl a few months ago I can only imagine how hectic things are for you — but, please think of your audience!

    I miss your writing. Your beautiful whorls of mighty metaphors that wrap themselves gingerly around my brainstem and tug all the way down to my heartstrings.

    Please bring us some news! Some whimsy! A paragraph about the size of your ankles! Three sentences telling me off for nagging! Anything! I’m an addict and I need more! :)

  17. Alex Caggiano says:

    Hi Alexa,

    My Name is Alexandra Caggiano & I just wanted to thank you so much for writing half-baked. It was such a great book! I am actually a preemie myself (I was born at 33 weeks weighing 3 pounds 6 ounces) and I am going to be attending college in the fall. I did my senior project on prematurity and I read your book as one of my sources and I have found so many similiarities not only in your story and my own but also in our personalities! I am also a very anxious person and tend to stay on the safer side of things. I laughed at the similarities, and cried at your heartbreak over Ames’ death, (I am so sorry for your loss) I’m actually still up now because I am presenting my senior project tomorrow morning at 9 am to my english class (and being the anxious person I am, I am still up going over my points and getting my thoughts together making sure I wont be saying “like” and “um” too much because I get very nervous when I public speak.) And I wanted to check up on you! I was so excited when I saw baby Twyla’s ultra sound a few weeks ago, I am so happy for you and your husband and of course Simone! All the best to you all! I feel like I know you!
    Life’s not easy for preemies and that’s something I think we both know very well, but like my mom’s always told me; if I want something bad enough and I have the drive to do it, I can do it, and that’s how I got into college. Both of my parents said that if I could get myself there they would do everything possible on their end to help me. So I will be attending Curry College in Milton Massachusetts in the Fall and I couldn’t be happier. So with that in mind, always tell Simone to dream BIG because just because premaurity is a BIG problem in a tiny package doesnt mean that she can’t do anything she sets her mind to! :)

    Thank you for taking the time to glance/read all of that!


    Alex Caggiano :)

  18. Alex Caggiano says:

    Hi Alexa!

    My name is Alex Caggiano & I just wanted to thank you for writing Half Baked, I am a fellow Preemie (I was born at 33 weeks weighing 3lbs 6oz) and I am actually using your book as a source in my senior project that I will be presenting tomorrow morning to my english class. I have found a lot of similarities in our personalities and I love it. I know we both know that the life of a preemie isnt easy, but with the love and affection of a preemies parents anything is possible. My moms always told me that I can do anything I want to and as long as I can get myself to college (I want to be a special education/ general education elementary school teacher because I love little kids and I feel like I understand them because even though I’m 18 I’m still a little kid at heart.) And I’m doing it! I got accepted to and will be attending Curry College in Milton Massachusetts in the fall! So please tell Simone, that she can do anything because she really can, tell her to dream as big as she can because the sky is the limit, As I will say in my presentation tomorrow “Just because you were born a certain way doesnt mean it has to affect your whole life, you can always find your own way to shine!” :)



  19. Grace Q. says:

    I love it! I really do. I almost cried due to happiness when I saw the last picture of this post – the baby, actually, yawn inside your tummy.

    That is amazing! Good read.

    Congrats for your new born baby.

    I am looking forward for mine in the near future.

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