I’ll start from the beginning and share all those many details that you probably really don’t care at all about. 😉
It didn’t start off very well. As soon as we get back to the room, Nate realized he left our umbrella in the waiting room (it was pouring out) and went back to grab it before it was stolen. He takes off and the tech says “I don’t think he’ll be able to get back in.” (As if the door back “in” is under some special lock & security key.) Well I was not about to let Nate miss the ultrasound, so I said “I guess I’d better go with him.” The tech sighed and acted very annoyed, but I went anyways. I get to the door and Nate is already coming back – no problem. I have no idea what the tech was talking about with not being able to “get back in.”
Back in the ultrasound room, the tech asks “So why are you here?”
I’m a little dumbfounded. “Well, ah, our ‘big’ ultrasound.” (And then thinking quickly to myself – MEDICAL terms here!) “The anatomy scan.”
The tech frowns and says “Well you’re 17 weeks. It’s too early.”
I said very quickly “Well, I’ve had 3 other kids and had my anatomy scan done at 17 weeks with them and we had no issues. Plus my doctor told me it was fine to schedule it now.”
I was not about to let her send me home without getting my scan. NO WAY! My doctor had okayed the date and we had in fact just discussed it a week ago!
At this point, I’m laying on the table and the tech starts squirting that goo on my tummy. (Thank goodness, she’s not just sending me away!)
The tech says:”We’ll try and see what happens.”
Then: “You’re due February 3rd by these dates.”
I explained “Well my doctor & I have been going by January 30th.” (My original, accurate due date.) The tech said “Ok, that’s fine, but I’m going by the Feb 3rd as that’s what it is in the computer from your prior ultrasound, but you can still go by Jan 30th with your doctor.”
I was starting to not have a good feeling about all this.
The tech begins scanning and starts explaining things to me. I immediately thanked her and joked about how I’m not good at “reading the ultrasounds.” (I’m much better than I used to be so I really can tell what most things are now, but I needed to make some small talk with this lady!)
That seemed to help and the tech very nicely explained everything she was looking at: “This is the heart. Oh there’s all 4 chambers. Wow, I actually got really good measurements on that.” And as she continued scanning, her mood seemed to improve.
At one point, I said “I can understand why you were frustrated about the dates. I know babies are really growing quickly at this point and a week can make a big difference. I’m just going by what my doctor told me. If I had known about not getting the proper measurements this early, I would have waited another week.”
I didn’t feel I needed to justify myself to her – but I did want her to know I wasn’t trying to be a demanding patient who wanted to get around the ‘rules,’ but was going by what my doctor said.
The tech said” Yeah, we’ll have to talk to ‘them’ (the doctor’s office.) They’ve been sending a lot of patients down too early lately.” But from this point on, I felt like she took the blame and frustration off me and the ice was broken. The rest of the scan was quite pleasant, with the tech nicely explaining everything.
Mid-way through the scan, the tech showed us the “between the legs” shot. There was no mistaking it – Nate & I both saw immediately and said together “It’s a boy!“
When the tech finished all of her required measurements (she said she was pleasantly surprised to get everything she needed), she pronounced our sweet baby boy “anatomically perfect.” I don’t think it gets much better than that!
Thank You, Jesus! I am SO happy & blessed to be having another beautiful healthy baby!
Our little guy is measuring spot on for my dates – 17 weeks 3 days. He is about 7 ounces. The tech even said “Well you were right about your January 30th due date – that’s exactly how he’s measuring!” His heartrate was 145 bpm.
My other babies all measured a week or more ahead at my “big ultrasound.” So I am wondering if maybe our new little guy might not be quite so big as my other babies? Could it be possible that I might have an 8 pounder?! (Nathan & Emily were both 9 lb 13 oz exactly and Joshua was 10 lb 7.5 oz!) Time will tell with that one, but I am wondering!
He is ADORABLE! Oh my goodness, we got some really cute profile pictures and we were able to see his long little legs & arms and he is just a little sweetpea! And he has the cutest little button nose! I immediately fell in love with him!
I was a little disappointed at first as I really did hope for a baby girl, but I quickly got over it. I feel so happy & blessed & am really doing okay with the thought of having 3 boys and 1 girl. I always pictured myself with 2 boys and 2 girls, but God knows best! I am excited to see what life with 4 precious children has in store for me. I am so blessed & thankful.
When we broke the news to the kids, it wasn’t Emily who was upset, but Nathan. He immediately said “NO! It’s supposed to be a GIRL! Not a boy!” He was not very happy.
Emily – the one I was most concerned about – was a little disappointed, but we quickly emphasized how she is our little princess and how she will be mommy’s big helper, and she seemed happy with that idea. She is also talking about how her baby brother is going to share her room. She was so excited and animated about the idea that I didn’t have the heart to tell her we had planned on the new baby sharing the boys’ room. But with this latest development, we might have to rethink this and maybe we will let this new little one room with his big sister for a few months or the first year. After all, I do think we’d all get more sleep. Nathan & Joshua are already quite the noisy pair!
So are you ready to see some pictures of our newest family member?
Here he is:
A close-up – he has such a cute little nose!
And the “money shot” – no doubt about it – he’s a boy!
My sweet baby boy!
Another really fun thing about having a little boy is that Luke & Joshua will probably be really close! How much fun will they have being only 19 months apart?! That’s pretty special!
Thank you all so much for praying with me and for being so happy for us! I am so blessed to have such wonderful family & friends!