3.23.2014

That day we found out our baby's gender

When it comes to guessing our (bio) babies' genders, I am proud to say I'm 4 for 4.  Something happens to me during that first trimester and I get a very strong feeling of whether the human on board with me is a boy or girl.

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From about 5 weeks on - as soon as my morning sickness kicked in - I was nearly certain I was carrying a girl.  Lots of people can vouch for me on this.  Because it seemed everyone and their uncle were hoping we were having a boy, you know, to even things out a bit more around here.  And I told nearly everyone that I was almost certain it was a baby girl.

Dan and I would have been absolutely thrilled either way and most of all were hoping -and praying- that our baby looked healthy on the big 20 week anomaly scan.  When I was pregnant with Indigo, we had something come up on that scan. It turned out to be fine - a false alarm - but we didn't know that until we had had several visits with a perinatologist over 2 months time.  Health, ours and that of our children, can never be taken for granted.

 Pre-ultrasound.  It was St Patrick's day so I squeezed into the only green shirt I owned.  I definitely did not want to be pinched!  ;)

They told us she looked perfect and yes, she is officially another she.  My maternal grandmother and I have always had a special and unique connection and she has seven daughters.  While Dan and I are no where near seven, with our four I feel like I'm standing in solidarity with her. :)   

Our girl was shy, so we had to wait until the very end of the scan to fine out if she was indeed a she.  I even had to roll over on my side.  The sonographer said she was pretty sure she could tell but wanted to get a better look to be absolutely positive.  So she zoomed in.  We gasped - A BOY!


"Oh no," the sonographer said,  "That's her leg.  It's a girl!"

 Here she is, sucking her thumb.  I think my heart exploded.

We told the kids the news by putting the ultrasound photos in a box and wrapping it.  They opened the box together and the middle photo had the news typed on, which Jude read to his sisters.  Then we all went out to lunch to celebrate the day.



So Jude remains the king of our kid castle.  We're so thankful for this gift of another baby, another daughter.  I really can't even put into words how grateful I am.  And we're all so excited to meet her!

21 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your big news! She's a lucky lady to join your family!!

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  2. Congratulations!! Lovely news!!

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  3. Congratulations! Great news!

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  4. Hooray for a healthy baby! And I'm so amazed by people who knew the sex of their babies. I had no idea until the end of both pregnancies when I had a slight feeling, and that was wrong in both cases!

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  5. This was the only pregnancy I was most certain with...and I was correct....we are having another boy! Congrats to you as well! I THINK I am ready to sell all of our girl clothes we've been saving....but then I remember stories like yours and others who sold all their baby stuff to have a surprise later on and have to start from scratch! :) Still, after our most recent move ...we are still trying to settle in....I am convinced none of us want to move quite as much stuff next time around. Congrats again! Looking forward to following along!

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    1. I gave away my baby boy stuff ages ago. Though I did save a few memorable outfits. :) We were living in Madison, WI when I had Jude and after we moved here I figured I likely wouldn't need all of those clothes for surviving a winter in the frozen tundra. I knew others who could use it and people gave us so many girl clothes it was unbelievable. Like I-had-to-give-boxes-away a lot. I hardly bought a thing for Indigo. We gave away most of our baby stuff (boy and girl) before adopting Tia. But when we decided to get pregnant again it was actually pretty cheap to start over being we mostly thrifted everything and we all know by baby #4 that you really don't need that much for a newborn anyway, right?! :)
      After Iris we held onto everything knowing we would likely have another baby. So this time we should be all set with very little prep! :)

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  6. Congratulations and happy pregnancy!

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  7. Yay! Congratulations, girls rock anyway :-))

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    1. Thank you, Eva Maria. I appreciate your enthusiasm!

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  8. Congratulations! How lovely for you all. Hugs xoxo

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  9. Oh congratulations Rachel!! So exciting to be adding another daughter to your mix:) And congrats too on your clean bill of health ultrasound. As someone who has experienced the opposite kind of ultrasound (another story for another time) I fully agree that truly all you pray for is a healthy baby. This little girl will be so blessed by having you as her momma:)
    And I love your "king of the kid castle" re: Jude:) Such a cute way to look at it!

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    1. Oh Lucinda, my hearts breaks to read this. I'm so sorry!

      Thanks so much for the sweet and encouraging words.

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  10. I have to say that I'm impressed! I always wanted to be one of those mothers who just "knew" - who had that extra special connection to their child inutero, but honestly I had no idea. With my oldest I was convinced she was a boy. Imagine my surprise when I learned otherwise when she was born! Let's just say that she wore a lot of "boy" clothes as a baby :)
    With my youngest I embraced the fact that I had no clue (and no feeling one way or another).
    I'm amazed at your abilities...I might just take you to Vegas!

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  11. Congratulations!!!!! So excited to see this! I was sure Joe was a boy, and we didn't find out until he was born - and I was right! I was so sure the whole time I wasn't even surprised that he was a boy! It was just - OF COURSE!

    But then with Maggie, I had no such certainty. I really wanted a girl, so I convinced myself she was a boy. We did find out with the ultrasound that she was a girl, and you could've knocked me down with a feather!

    So maybe I basically have a 50/50 chance of being right! HA.

    Like Carolyn says, will you blow on my dice, lady? :-)

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  12. Aw another little gal to add to your group! Ah well, I'm sure Jude is used to it by now, eh? I was most worried headed into my 20 week ultrasound with #3; I felt like I was tempting fate every time and I was so relieved that all was well. So yes, healthy baby WOOHOO! And another little gal to pass your beautiful sewing onto! :D

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  13. Oh, Rachel, I'm just getting caught up on your blog, and what exciting news! Glad to hear #5 is looking healthy--can't wait to meet her!

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