I’m not exactly sure why, but for some reason, I knew this baby was a boy, so I wasn’t at all surprised when the ultrasound revealed his gender. And even though I’d said if I could choose, I would choose a girl, I am MORE than excited that this little one is a boy. I asked Abbie a few weeks ago if she thought we would have a baby boy or a baby girl and she said “Ummm… … … a baby boy.” So apparently she knew too, even though it took her a bit to come to that conclusion.
I was going to have the ultrasound tech just write the gender on a piece of paper so I could just open it when Mark called and we could find out together, but this little guy isn’t shy at all so it was very obvious even to my completely untrained eye that he was a boy. Mark was supposed to call at 11am, shortly after my appointment, but naturally he was delayed due to flying and didn’t end up calling until almost 2pm. I was able to keep my mouth shut though for those hours, despite my parents really wanting to know and other friends/family texting me, so Mark was the 2nd person to know for sure what we are having. And that’s the way I wanted it.
Mark seems to be much more excited about this pregnancy now that we know the gender. I think it is hard for him to connect to the situation being so far away and fighting a war, but now that we know we’re having a boy, he’s very excited about it. He would have been excited for another girl too, I think just knowing what we’re having makes it more real for him.
I am more excited about this pregnancy now that it’s confirmed I’m having a little boy too. I’ve heard NUMEROUS mom’s of boys tell me that boys love their momma’s best. I’m excited about that since Abbie is definitely a daddy’s girl. Not that she doesn’t prefer me most of the time, but she definitely has a special relationship with Mark. I’ve been feeling this little guy move and kick some in the past week or two, so that also makes it feel more real also. I can’t wait until Abbie can feel him kicking, but I might wait until Mark is home before I try to get her to feel that so he can be here for her reaction too.
My midwife freaked me out a bit by saying that a doctor was going to review the ultrasound results and that she wouldn’t be surprised if they wanted a follow up ultrasound done sometime in September. She was really vague about why she thought that when I questioned her on it and said something about not getting good readings on things in the ultrasound. I decided to call the office the next day just to see why exactly she thought that since I didn’t want to worry about it for the next month. The doctor did review the ultrasounds and said that there was no further need for evaluation and the baby was registering normal in all categories. I guess they didn’t get clear pictures of the hands because he’s so wiggly, but that doesn’t call for a repeat ultrasound. He is already measuring a week and a half ahead of schedule in many of his length measurements, but that’s not too surprising since Mark and I seem to create tall babies. (Which stands to reason since Mark is 6’3 and I’m 5’9.)
We are so excited to be adding a little boy to our family and I am glad that we’ll have one of each now. I think raising a little boy will be a different experience for us, but we welcome that challenge. I’m interested in seeing the similarities and differences in raising boys verses girls. We’re definitely counting down the days to December!
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