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The new Johnson has a johnson

Erin went for her ultrasound last week and the results are in: we're gonna have a healthy baby boy! They gave us the pictures on a CD, which is funny because the 14 JPEGs only take up 0.3% of the space on the disk. Where's a 3.5 inch floppy when you need one?

So here are the snap shots of BabyJohn V2.0:

Baby's foot. Notice the five toes, for maximum traction when running through the house screaming.

Baby's side profile. Check out that noggin! Head. Move. Now!

Freaky looking face-on view. The doctor assures us that the baby won't actually look like a bald Chucky.

Money shot. BAM! This is view from under his booty. Check out his thigh bones!

I didn't realize how much I wanted another boy until we got the results. But I am SO excited. Three more and we'll have a basketball team! Just kidding, Erin. It'll actually be a little less than half a football team.


karinms said…
A bunch of us "senior" grad students were standing in the hallway waiting for Louis to come out of his qual and agreed that John "JohnJohn" Johnson Jr. would be a hilarious name. Highly recursive.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I'm so happy for you FOUR!
Elisa said…
Yea! So happy for you. Hope Erin is feeling well.

Ben's mom said that going from one to two kids was just as big of a transition as going from none to one. Our experience seems to verify this. Looking forward to hearing about your further adventures as you enter this brave new world!
Kristen said…
That's wonderful!! Yay! The ultrasounds are pretty crazy - I think that's the first time I've seen a real one (not on TV). So which of you does he get the scary ET face from?

JohnJohn said…
Karin: The Backer Slackers have officially stopped slackin'! Congrats to Louis! JohnJohn will actually be the baby's middle name, so no quotes.

Elisa: Thanks for the news. That's very calming :)

Kristen: The ET face belongs to the mailman.
Jonah and Noah said…
Congrats! I am so happy for you guys! You will love having 2 boys! I love my boys, there is never a dull moment! CONGRATS!!!! Email me and let me know how you are doing!
Love, Jackie O.
Jonah and Noah said…
Congrats! I am so excited for you guys! You will love having 2 boys- we love having boys and remember there is never going to be a dull moment! Email me and let me know how you are doing!
Love- Jackie O.

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