Man, I'm just so good at announcing special news for my family... then waiting forever to fill in all the details :) I'm sorry I keep dragging this out but I definitely want all the moments documented! So today I'm sharing how I unexpectantly found out the gender of baby #2!
I was 16 weeks and 5 days pregnant when I packed Mia up to head to my second doctor's appointment for this baby. Mia was super excited to go (she loves going to the "doctors", for reasons I don't understand, ha ha! She did get her shots but I guess that didn't scar her!) and so was I! I was looking forward to hearing that sweet heart beat and getting into more of the nitty gritty details with this pregnancy, since our first appointment at 14 weeks was just a quick ultrasound to confirm pregnancy. I didn't plan this appointment around Eric's schedule so that he could be there, because the important one to us was the anatomy ultrasound, which is when we planned to find out the gender!
The first thing the doctor told me when he came into my room was to schedule my ultrasound in 3 weeks (I could have hugged him for letting me schedule a week earlier than the normal 20 weeks!) and then he double checked to see if we were planning on finding out the gender. Of course!! So then he says, "Well, let's just take a look real quick!" Now let's take a minute and talk about how distracted I am at this point... I'm currently stripped down from my stomach down, with a flimsy paper over my lap. The nurse didn't tell me what testing they would be doing so I was stressing (you'd think that after birthing a child already, I'd quit being so shy about this, but nope!) about what was coming my way, instead of really paying attention (my doctor later told me that this was the stage where they do testing for gonorrhea, etc and I could deny the tests if I wanted. I was wishing that the nurse had told me upfront so that I never would have had to undress and stress myself out, ha ha!). The doctor had me lay down and started warming up the ultrasound on my belly. After a minute he asked me, "do you see that?" I wasn't even looking at the screen as I was just waiting to hear the sound of the heart beat when I answered, "huh? Oh yeah!" HA! My doctor looked at me for a second, probably trying not to roll his eyes ha ha, then turned the screen towards me more and said, "so these are the legs...." That's when I really looked at the screen and BAM! "Oh my gosh, it's a BOY!" He started laughing and said, "oh yeah! It's a boy alright!" We had the clearest shot of my baby boy and it was so crazy to see the proof of what I'd been suspecting! Of course I blurted out, "I knew it! Mia told me!!" Which is another story for another time... because you know, I'm real good at dragging out the details ;) My doctor may think I'm a little nutty now, but that's okay ;) Just add it to my list of things I'm blaming on pregnancy!
My first thought after seeing my baby BOY was total relief! I had been feeling so strongly that he was a boy, so it was a bit of a relief to see that my intuition was right, since I depend on it so much with raising Mia! My second thought was that I was SO bummed Eric wasn't there to find out with us! My third thought was... no bows?!
Obviously dressing a boy is all new to me, and I'm sad there won't be any ruffle bum outfits this go around ;)... but we are SO thrilled to be changing the dynamics of our family with a little man! It's been so fun knowing his gender earlier than we were expecting, especially since we had to reschedule the anatomy ultrasound a whole week later! I can't wait to see him at our appointment next week!