GIRL! Will and I are over the moon excited to be adding a little lady to our family come April!
We found out somewhat by accident on the Monday before Thanksgiving. I knew that we were supposed to have our anatomy scan at 20 weeks, but I was hoping that they would be able to tell us the sex at our 19-week appointment. I called the office to confirm this and was told that they don’t do the anatomy scan until 24 weeks. Cue the waterworks. I took this to mean that we wouldn’t know the gender until January and was crushed. We really wanted to do a gender reveal with both families sometime in December, since coordinating schedules was going to be tricky after the holiday season.
Fast forward to our 19-week appointment, which was our first appointment with our new doctor (who we love, he reminds me of Santa Claus and gave me a hug when he first met me). We waited three hours in the waiting room (apparently he’s some kind of rock star, and trust me, those three hours were totally worth it), and were finally greeted by the sweetest nurse who immediately told us that they do ultrasounds at each appointment and would we like to find out the sex of the baby today!? We both replied yes before she could even finish the sentence, and within a few minutes got the ‘I don’t see a turtle head’ news. If your mind is not in the gutter, this means there’s no ding dong. So, girl.
For most of my pregnancy, I have felt pretty strongly we were having a boy and Will has felt pretty strongly we were having a girl. My feelings weren’t based on much, because I really don’t have strong intuition (and Will does) but every time we saw the baby on the ultrasound it was kicking around like crazy and I just kept thinking, that’s a boy! Well, joke’s on me. Girls can wiggle too. Also, my acupuncturist predicted at 8 weeks I was having a girl based on my pulse, and I don’t know why I didn’t believe her. I am literally never right about these things.
We didn’t exactly mean to find out before our family, but we are just not patient people, so we had to keep the secret for a few days until Thanksgiving. Will’s family is enormous, and they have a ‘the more the merrier’ attitude (there were 40 people at our Thanksgiving!) so our first gender reveal included my mom and sister, and most of Will’s mom side of the family. Unfortunately, my Dad was traveling and Will’s Dad got sick the morning of Thanksgiving so they couldn’t attend the reveal, but we made sure they were the first to know!
For the gender reveal, I wrapped a large box in polka dot wrapping paper and stuffed a few pink balloons inside. Word to the wise: if you’re making your own gender reveal box, you actually need a really big, wide box. Ours only fit 3 balloons, which was fine, but if I did it over, I would have wanted 10 pink balloons floating out of there!
After the reveal!
It was so SO fun.
We did a second reveal on Friday with my other sister, her husband, and the kids. I thought this was going to be a huge deal, as Lily has been adamant that the baby is A GEL (girl), going so far as to cry at the prospect that it might be a boy… but they were entirely non-plussed by the whole thing. Ben immediately jumped inside the box and Lily was too excited about Christmas lights (see picture below) to acknowledge the gender of her new baby cousin (though she did say later that she wanted the baby to be a boy… toddlers are jerks). Ben has maintained for the whole of my pregnancy that he does not care if it’s a boy or a girl as long as it’s chubby. So, there’s that.
I swear, this is all kids need for Christmas! You would have thought we brought over a puppy.
I can’t believe my pregnancy is halfway over! It’s not been the easiest thing I’ve ever done, but I’ve got to say I’m having the time of my life. I love feeling her little baby kicks all day in my belly and I get more and more excited to meet her by the minute. Since I have read no pregnancy books yet (shocking, I know but I’m re-reading Harry Potter right now and that is just so much more interesting), that is first up on my to-do list for the second half. I met a woman last week who told me she went into labor at 31 weeks and thought… uh oh, that’s kind of soon. I probably need to get a bit more acquainted with this whole birthing thing before then. SO. Anybody got any good book recommendations? A sweet friend of mine sent me one called ‘Mindful Birthing’ that I am going to cut my teeth on, and I checked out ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ from the library but have only skimmed it so far.