We have some news. The first half of this pregnancy has flown by at lightning speed (not without its share of morning sickness, exhaustion and aches) and all of a sudden, we found ourselves thinking about our anatomy ultrasound scheduled for May 22, 2015. The day before, I was talking to my sister-in-law Jill and told her that yes, we did decide to find out the gender, even though for awhile we toyed with the idea of not finding out until the birth. She asked how we were going to find out and I told her that the kids were coming to the ultrasound with us and that we just planned to find out all together and cherish the secret, exciting news as a family for a little bit. She texted me later that day asking me if I would be willing to wait until after the ultrasound to find out, if someone had a plan to set up a surprise gender reveal moment for us. Of course I was humbled and ecstatic at her suggestion and agreed. We’d tell the ultrasound tech we didn’t want to know but that we needed her to send a text with the gender to Jill so that she could set up her secret plan for us.
We had a wonderful ultrasound experience. Everything looked healthy and perfectly on track for where we are supposed to be in this pregnancy (21 weeks). Baby moved around like crazy but cooperated with everything and the tech was able to get beautiful pictures for the doctor and for us. She was more than happy to seal an envelope with the gender pictures and note and to send a text to Jill, which we also asked her to promptly delete after she sent so we wouldn’t accidentally see it. I can’t believe I actually didn’t look at the monitor when she was scanning around looking for the gender (she told us when to look away). I kept saying,”I’m going to look. I’m going to look.” And if James had said he wanted to look too, I totally would have. I can’t deny it.
After the ultrasound, we had to take Kasey up for his weekly visit with his beloved Papa and Emma to her tap and ballet classes. We ate a quick dinner beforehand and then dropped off the kids for their fun times. We went to Carter’s and I picked up some brother and sister t-shirts for the kids plus one little brother onesie and a little sister onesie, still wondering which one we were going to need. We went to Petco for cat food and to Starbucks for some drip coffee. The time actually went by quickly and soon we were picking up Emma and Kasey and heading back down 167-south to our house. We had to grab hair gel for Kasey and my external flash for my sweet, sweet, also-pregnant friend Stephanie who was coming along to take photos of our surprise for us.
Ultimately, we are SO HAPPY we chose to find out again as this helped create yet another extremely unforgettable moment for our family and to mark the exciting halfway mark in this pregnancy. The entire pregnancy I was positive we were having another daughter. I felt more than 90% certain it was a girl. Then at the ultrasound after seeing the pictures, I could only picture blue and the word “BOY” written on the gender picture. I wasn’t certain anymore. James said he was sure the whole pregnancy that it was another son but then when he saw the pictures of the face in the ultrasound, it looked like a girl to him. Emma said this,”I think it’s a boy but I WANT it to be a girl.” Kasey said the opposite: “I think it’s a girl but I WANT it to be a boy.” Well … thanks to the creativity, thoughtfulness, love and time given to us by our awesome Auntie Jill, we finally found out. I’ll just let the pictures, snapped by my talented friend Stephanie from my life group and edited by me, do the rest of the talking. 🙂