‘He’s the king of taking it easy!’: Super chill baby sleeps in exact same ‘arms up’ position as ultrasound

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“The first ultrasound we had was done at 18 weeks, and it got all the bone structure, so he looked just like Skeletor or the Krampus! So when I saw this sweet baby-faced image that was taken at almost 39 weeks I did think it was adorable, but frankly, I was just glad he didn’t have horns! It’s unusual to get such clear images that late in the game, but the woman doing the ultrasound really knew her way around a uterus. We were super happy to get such great images.

I didn’t immediately make the connection to the ultrasound when I first noticed he slept with his arms up. I saw the ultrasound hanging on my mother-in-law’s fridge when he was several weeks old and that’s when it hit me… He still does that! He is the king of taking it easy.

Baby who sleeps in same position he did in ultrasound
Sarah Kelleher Steppling

I made the side by side comparison and was amazed by how similar they were in every little detail. I decided to post it to Reddit because I thought it was interesting content someone else might enjoy seeing. Also, it’s nice to communicate with the outside world after countless days inside nursing a newborn. Sometimes it feels like nothing exists except for me, my baby, my boobs, and the couch!

Side by side of baby sleeping the same way he did in ultrasound
Sarah Kelleher Steppling

Having my son has been life changing. I just look at him and start to cry sometimes because I love him so much. He’s a chill little dude. Keep him fed, changed, and cuddled and he’s happy. My mom says my husband Ross and I don’t know how lucky we got with him.

Baby sleeping with arms above his head like he did in ultrasound
Sarah Kelleher Steppling
Mother holding baby who sleeps in same position as he did in ultrasound in her arms
Sarah Kelleher Steppling

He had unexplained hemolytic anemia and severe prolonged jaundice for the first month of his life, which is why he’s resting on that blue light. We had doctor visits every 1-2 days to monitor his blood and a 48 hour stay at the children’s hospital, but he took it all like a champ.

Now, he’s almost 3 months old and starting to wake up from his newborn phase and wants to play and interact. His dad loves to make up songs for him on guitar and we change song lyrics to fit his name in as many times as we can.

Baby who sleeps in same position he did in ultrasound sits up in bean bag smiling
Sarah Kelleher Steppling

Every time he smiles at me I melt. He just started doing this gentle chuckle thing the other day and my heart almost exploded. He really is as laid back as he looks. We try to anticipate his needs, so he really never has much reason to cry for very long. We consider ourselves very lucky and try and not to take for granted that all this good humor could run out at any time!

I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of kid this baby turns into. I can’t wait to hear what his voice sounds like. My husband played guitar to my pregnant belly all the time, and I was in ‘Sister Act’ the musical during my 2nd trimester, so we are curious to see if any of that rubbed off on him and if he is musically inclined when he’s older. And, of course, I’m looking forward to him saying Mommy for the first time!”

Baby sleeping the same way he did in ultrasound with red kiss mark on his cheek
Sarah Kelleher Steppling

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Sarah Kelleher Steppling, 35, of Columbia, South Carolina. Be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our best stories.

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