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Baby’s first mugshot

My still-baking baby girl is ironically camera shy.

Maybe it’s because Dorothy knows she’s going to be one of the world’s most un-famous photographed children… maybe she’s just stubborn like her big brother… maybe we keep scheduling appointments when she’s trying to sleep.

Whatever the cause, I’m not annoyed. It’s really quite amusing, and just another layer to the miracle that is the growth and birth of a baby. Here we are, two months before she’s going to be born, and she’s already got such a feisty little personality. Love it!

This past Saturday, Mack and Jack and I took my parents with us to StorkVision in Fort Worth, a local franchise of a national chain of 3D/4D sonogram offices. Before I tell you how wonderful our experience was (it was) and get to the pictures (they’re cute), I’m going to give my readers a warning about our first experience.

See, not all stand-alone prenatal sonogram facilities are created equal. Much like wedding photographers (PLUG! 😉 ), customer service and price and package customization and EVERYTHING varies from place to place. Before Christmas, I picked a place and made an appointment, thinking it was a pretty standard operation, and that everything would go smoothly.

Boy, was I wrong! Since then, I’ve heard of a number of people who’ve had bad experiences with Miracle To Behold in Fort Worth, and have added myself to the list. I can say without hesitation that I’ve never been treated so poorly as the paying client of any sort of operation. I mean, it’s bad enough to treat ANY client poorly, especially in such a competitive market. But seriously… when your clientele is 100% pregnant women, you’d think a little finesse would be part of the job description, right?

Notsomuch. I got my money back, and got a formal apology from the president of the company, but what I did NOT receive was any sort of assurance that my experience was out of the ordinary. Since my readers are overwhelmingly young people just starting their lives together, I think it’s valid to say that my recommendation (while not worth a TON) is worth something. And my recommendation is thus:

When/if you want to see your unborn baby’s face in a 3D/4D sonogram, call Rebecca at StorkVision. And maybe throw eggs at the other place. 😉

Rebecca was SO kind to us! The StorkVision office is absolutely adorable and homey, and we enjoyed every aspect of our experience there. Here’s my favorite picture of Dorothy… or, as Jack calls her, “My Baby Dot”.


Isn’t that the most incredible thing you’ve ever seen???

Okay… so yeah… it’s probably not the most incredible thing YOU’VE ever seen. After all, she’s not yours.

But for us, being able to actually see that our daughter has a Browning nose (my mom’s family) and perfect sweet little lips was so amazing. Crying a little bit right now, actually.

Mack took a few pictures of me and my big ole belly on the table…




But really, who cares about the belly? That’s just a casing for the cuteness. Here’s a few more shots we got, when Dorothy was less cooperative:


At one point, we tried to get her to move by playing music. And, as usual, it absolutely worked! Unfortunately, she moved even MORE away from the viewable area, and put her hands up so I swear she’s trying to plug her ears… the little toot…


A profile shot with her ear and that little pug nose again…


And lastly, just like her mom, my baby girl dramatically threw her hands up over her face and said, “Oy vey!!” (I’m pretty sure…) 😉


All in all, our second attempt at a 3D sonogram was a rousing success, and I’m so glad I found StorkVision. I’m looking forward to our next trip, the last week in February. By then, Dorothy should be good and fat!

Before I sign off, I’ll leave you with another momento of Family McGowan’s Day of Fun… I heart photobooths:


  1. annie

    January 18th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    AWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!! So stinking adorable!!!! Love the feet picture… because who doesn’t love baby feet?!?!?!?! And LOVE the hands over the face picture!! She is her Mama’s girl!! Love this blog post and the photobooth pics!!! Can’t believe Jack actually looks like he has a double chin! He must have worked hard for that!!

  2. taylor

    January 18th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    poor baby! she’s tired of being mashed around by the sonogram lady.

  3. Lyndie

    January 18th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Chelsea, she is beautiful! It is so amazing to see what she’s going to look like! I’m sorry you had a bad experience but thank you for sharing the good one.

  4. Jessica B.

    January 18th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Dorothy is just precious! Congratulations on the beautiful baby girl.

  5. Nicole

    January 18th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Glad you had such a great experience at StorkVision! And really glad you’re warning potential customers about the other place! No one deserves that kind of treatment.

  6. Rebecca

    January 18th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Thank you SO much for the wonderful recommendation Chelsea!!! I really wish we could have gotten a little more cooperation from Dottie, but again, with these little critters you just never know! (It was fun trying anyway!) I enjoyed meeting you and your family and look forward to seeing you again next month…..and, (just for the record) she was not being “mashed around by the sonogram lady”, although she WAS being chased around,LOL!

  7. Rebecca

    January 18th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Oh, before I forget — I wanted to extend an offer to your customers for a discount on any of our ultrasound packages when they schedule an appointment and mention that they are a referral from you! We will give them a $30 discount on either a 2D, 3D or 4D package at our location (Stork Vision Fort Worth). Thanks again Chelsea…our customers are the best!

  8. Ambo

    January 18th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    OH MY!!!! Adorable, adorable, adorable! I love it! Aunt Ambo can’t wait to see that adorable baby girl who already has Mommy’s attitude. She is gonna be the most beautiful little girl-I mean really, look at her parents!
    Can’t wait!
    Love the photo booth shots!

  9. Carman

    January 18th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Congratulations! Seeing those little hands and feet was SO cool!

  10. Christian F.

    January 19th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Oh Chelsea I love these pictures, it is so amazing that you will always have those memories captured! My favorite is the one of your belly and the jelly :)!

  11. Heather

    January 23rd, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Adorable pictures! I’ve heard that if you drink orange juice right before your sonogram that it gets the baby moving.

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