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!