|Nickname: E Pluribus Unum. In the beginning when we began to create Ianna, there was enjoyment. Ianna knew what no one knew; on or around the 25th of Elul in the year 5765, perhaps in honor of Carla's 30th birthday, she decides to form into the essence of a human: a diploid cell bearing 46 chromosomes.|
|Nickname: Lime. At 8 weeks, she wasn't much of a human: Her hands and feet were webbed, her eyes were on the side of her head and she was still lacking a few of her human organs (no lungs, etc). She did, however, have a relatively sophisticated digestive system, a few synapses, and a primordial heartbeat.|
|Nickname: Creature/Gas. At 12 weeks, our daughter finally introduced herself. She was about 4 inches long and weighed about 2.5 ounces. She demonstrated her nascent control of her limbs by expertly avoiding the camera, but we were able to see a healthy heart and central nervous system. She made us proud when she passed all of her exams!|
|Nickname: Sub. At 20 weeks, our daughter was a miniature human female not much larger than a Subway sandwich. She was anatomically and chemically healthy, and already kicking, stretching, making herself at home in my wife's belly.|
|Nickname: Skinny. At 27 weeks, my wife and daughter heard the words all women long to hear: "girl, you need to gain some weight." My wife has quickly launched Operation Ben & Jerry's to combat the problem! Otherwise, we have a perfectly formed and developing little girl, with functioning eyes, ears, lungs, and brain.||
Nickname: Mama, Baby. Ianna was born on Thursday, June 8 at 5:33 AM. She weighed 5 lbs. 13 oz. and measured 19.75 inches long.