I thought it'd be appropriate for Stephen to share the sex with you because he guessed right!
It's a . . .
I'm still in complete shock. Though Stephen hadn't had a hunch one way or another, this week, he started to feel something. He had this idea (a crazy one, to me) that our little one would be a girl. And I knew so much we'd hear boy, that I stopped looking at girl names weeks ago!
So, when the ultrasound tech poked around to get a good shot of the goods, I was surprised when I didn't see the classic "turtle" between the legs. At first, she wasn't sure, so we moved on to the rest of the anatomy scan. Everything looks perfect -- which is a huge relief because I had a lot of anxiety going into the appointment. The last time we saw her (that's so weird to write!) was at 9 weeks. She's measuring right on target, but even a few days ahead -- my due date is now 11/24/2011. Thanksgiving Day.
The truth? In my heart, I sort of wanted a girl. I would have been so, so happy with either. Honestly. We both would have. But I've been s.u.r.r.o.u.n.d.e.d by boys my entire life. I have a brother. Until my teenage years, all of my cousins were boys. Most of my friends have recently had boys. And don't get me wrong -- I love, love, love little boys!
But I've secretly wanted to experience what it's like to raise a girl. The ultrasound tech is 99.9% sure!
I'm most happy in this photo because I got to see the baby. We surveyed every tiny inch of her body . . . her heart, brain, spine, stomach, fingers, and toes. Everything is measuring right along -- and I was worried because I've still only gained 3 pounds. My midwife expects my weight to catch up to the "norm" soon, but isn't concerned either way since the girl is doing so well.
The belly is getting bigger. Though I will say some days when I wake up, I still just look bloated. I think it's because it's growing so gradually. Other people (Stephen and my parents) notice it for sure.
The rest of the appointment was rather uneventful. Right now, I'm cruising along with few complaints. But today has opened up a whole new feeling of reality for the whole thing. And I can't wait to get started on the nursery. We ended up buying those Wes Anderson movie prints last night!
So, all of you ladies (and gents) out there waiting to find out the sex. And even those just curious about it . . . all those at-home tests and tales do not work! We tried quite a few, too.
More on how I'm feeling and what's going on in this week's upcoming video post!
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15-Week Video Post
15 Weeks and Counting . . .
14-Week Video Post
13 Weeks and Cravings . . .
How We Found Out
So long, 1st Trimester!
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