Luther Baby

Travis & Sommer Luther's blog about their children!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Ask Dr. Gil


Dear Dr. Gil,

TMI - About the pregnancy test - It is a bit personal but at least there is no doubt in anyones mind!!

Can they be re-used?? for the next one??

Does one line mean one baby and do two lines mean two babies, and do three lines mean three?? and so on. I don't know??

And are there pink lines and blue lines??

So many questions...but you know you have at least 8 months to figure it all out..


Dear “Auntie”, thanks you for your comments and wants you to know we take them very seriously. Every effort is made to respond to them in a timely and thorough manner.

While some material on this site may seem like “TMI” (too much information) it is important that report it all. This information is supplied in a combined effort through and the US Department of Labor ( to warn teens and Canadians of the consequences of conception. While the idea of urine, or as the kids call it “pee-pee”, being photographed and displayed on the interweb may seem harsh to some, we feel it serves as an important reminder to teens and our neighbors to the north of the harsh realities of pregnancy.

In response to your next question regarding the re-use of the pregnancy test: The answer is that as far as knows, only Catholics can re-use the pregnancy test as there will always be two lines because they are pregnant all the time.

Regarding the number of lines on the pregnancy test: One line means “No Baby”. On modern pregnancy tests this is referred to as the “Thank God” line. Two lines mean one to two babies; often termed the “Oh God” lines. The 3 line pregnancy test was banned in 1987 by the Food and Drug Administration ( after a Consumer Report determined it to be high in Trans Fats and that it did not taste very good.

As of this response, the baby’s sex can not be determined through an initial pregnancy test, only that sex has been determined to cause the initial pregnancy.

Dr. Gil


  • At 2:55 PM, Blogger bdfytoday said…

    Interesting site. Useful information. Bookmarked.

  • At 9:13 AM, Blogger tdstephens3 said…

    ok, doc... maybe there is something you can help me with. you see, i have these spots, actually they're raised so maybe they're bumps...

    more seriously, there is a question that is continuing to become more urgent. this pertains to the child... it seems to me there is overwhelming empirical evidence suggesting an influence of a child's name and their particular fates or eventual personality characteristics. (this question comes from a third consecutive of the same name, however lets broaden our sample...) there may be a common characteristic among all of the Denise's, or a Brenda's. I once knew a Lucy who was so exquisitely beautiful that forever i will have an irrational fondness for any girl with that name. now we all know there is no real connection between all of the Lucys and natural, youthful beauty - but could all of the Ebeneezers truly be scrooges? the first name Lex would be inappropriate and at first glance should be avoided all together when naming the luther baby. I would have to note that of all of the Jills that I have met, every one of them, at one time or another, have actually tumbled down a hill. there is the infamous Thomas Crapper, not the inventor of the flushable toilet but grew up to work closely with the apparatus -hmmm… why? . names commonly spelled several different ways may turn the child bitter, Jef, Jeff, or Geoff ? - "hi, my name is Jef, that's Jef with one eff" these people are so annoying!

    doc, we call on your credentials - this issue must be explored!

  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger MChagolla said…

    Hi Dr. Gil

    Since the questions have come up about names, I thought I would ask this:
    What are the psychological and other long term effects on children of people that give them "trendy" names that they will have to spell for everyone their entire life?

    Example: I know Shaniqua is popular, but I'm going to go with Jasmine. The trendy thing to do is spell it Jazzmine, Jazzmyn, Jazmon or some other variation.

    What are these people really doing to their kids?

  • At 12:19 PM, Blogger MChagolla said…

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  • At 12:22 PM, Blogger MChagolla said…

    Dear Dr. Gil

    I'm allergic to almost everything. What can I expect to happen to my baby boy in the allergy department?

  • At 10:17 PM, Blogger tdstephens3 said…

    Dr. Gil,

    It seems a proper definition is in order, the political life of Henry Oliver is on the line here... It is obvious that Sommer has advanced into a critical phase of her life, one which has been aptly accomodated by staying the course, in her relationship and her job - also it is true that manuevering through this stage of her life is most effective if she continues to change strategies - reacting in real-time to obstacles, such as parking curbs and stray banana peels. The objectives for her are clear - get in, hunker down - eat some serious amounts of food - and get this baby out as soon as the job is done. Now, the scenario is obviously a 'pregnency' we are discussing here and the Luther Baby's exit strategy is dictated by the standard 9 months and a full autonomous body capable of defending himself from any insurgent bacterias or sectarian motivations comming from within. However, it has been suggested that the term pregnancy is not at all specific enough and even undermines the true legitimacy of Luther Baby's efforts in all of this. So, is the word 'gestation' more accurate and does it lend more credibility to the Luther Baby in this entire fiasco? There is much rhetoric flying around right now and most of it hinges on one extremely important consideration... If the term gestation is most appropriate - how does it affect Luther Baby's exit strategy?


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