We were so anxious in the days leading up to the ultra-sound...not just for the gender but also for the health of the baby. I think we slept for about an hour on Monday night. Good thing we took the day off on Tuesday. Here we are right before we went in:
Last few minutes of having an "it" instead of a son.
We were grateful to have so much support at the appointment. Jared's mom, my mom, Teighynne, Maesynne, and Bevynne all took off of work/school to be there for the big reveal.
The ultra-sound tech definitely took her time. She spent quite a bit of time showing us the face and the profile and his little tummy.
She also zoomed in on the heart and it looked perfect! We could see all four chambers pumping. That was a relief. Finally, she moved down south. We spent a few minutes admiring the sweet little feet...the little buger kept kicking his mama:
And then it was time for the big reveal. The tech got in position but the legs were crossed!! She kept poking at him but he just wouldn't open his legs. I almost made a comment about how lady-like it was...that would have been awkward. Before we went in, Jared had been telling a story about a girl at work whose baby wouldn't move for the ultra-sound and she had to come back the next day to find out what it was. Well, after the night Jared and I had, we needed to know now. She moved away from the legs and back up to the head and appeased us with another sweet head shot. By this time, I was squeezing Jared's hand so hard that I think I left a bruise. After what seemed like hours she moved back down. This time she got right in there. She said "Looks like there's a stem on that apple...It's a BOY!!" Jared and I just broke out into the biggest smiles (and tears), and just like that it was over. The whole thing took about 12 minutes.
Aunt Teighynne had a precious blue and brown onesie waiting when the lights came back on...his first gender-specific outfit:
We went out for a celebratory lunch and then hit Babies R Us. I was pretty excited to park in Expectant Mothers Parking:
I was surprised that it's a boy. I pretty much had myself convinced that it was going to be a girl. I would have been happy either way, but I am so excited that it's a boy.
The ultrasound was a crazy experience. It only took about 15 minutes, but the gender isn't revealed until the very end. So, I was very anxious for most of it. My favorite part of the ultrasound (besides when they tell you what it is) was the closeup of the heart. You could see all 4 chambers pumping away. The baby only weighs 1/2 of a pound right now, so you can imagine how small the heart is.
The little guy was moving around a lot. It's so real to watch him squirm around on the screen. We are just about halfway there. From 1/2 pound and 6 inches tall to 7+ pounds and 21 inches is just around the corner. I am so excited!