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We went in for the ultrasound on Christmas eve (morning). I was so anxious that I’d been sleeping terribly for many nights prior. Thankfully, we had the great distraction of company to keep us occupied from Saturday evening up until that morning. If they hadn’t been there, I might have driven myself crazy by continuously counting down the hours. I was also furiously praying against a blizzard/the stomach flu/some random occurrence to keep us from going. Fortunately, the blizzard held off 48 hours so the roads were perfectly clear. Unfortunately, the stomach flu prayers were answered for us, but not for the youngest member of the visiting company’s family. Thankfully, no other setbacks arose, and we made it with 5 minutes to spare for our appointment.
They promptly called us back (thank goodness) and we had the nicest ultrasound tech. She asked us right away if we wanted to know the gender and we gave her an enthusiastic, “yes!”
She peeked in on the baby and much to our dismay, the ankles were crossed and modestly drawn up….Allowing us no advantageous viewpoint. “I’ll just give the baby a chance to move around.” Once again, I furiously prayed, but this time for movement.
In the meantime, the tech began her measurements. I loved that while she made her calculations, she educated us on every measurement that she made. “The baby’s head should measure between this and this and yours is____. Right on track”. She ruled out club foot, cleft palate, cysts on the brain, kidney malfunctions, spinal problems, heart problems, blood flow issues, soft markers for Downs, etc. So helpful! I’ve never had an ultrasound so informative. I silently praised God for each healthy victory. AND for the chubby cheeks that are already accumulating :).
Right after she pointed out the kidneys, she said, “Well, I think you can expect another little girl!”I don’t remember what N said, but I instantly began crying. Probably more like a silent sob because my stomach was heaving from emotion. She said, “I take it that is what you wanted to hear.” The tech continued her measurements and then she said something about “her spine” and I started crying again. Later, I realized that I cried the first time out of relief. Relief of finally KNOWING. I felt that instant connection to my baby, a baby girl! A girl with a name and an identity. Would I have done the same if it was a boy? I really think so. I was just so ready to know.
The second time I cried, I am positive it was because it finally sunk in that my baby is a girl. All of our desires had come true.
(the front and back of the ornament we gave to our families to announce our news)
After the last of the the measurements, and one more gender sweep–just to be sure—, we went out to lunch and reveled in our secret. A little girl, a sister, a daughter, would be joining our family! We discussed the details of her name and then prayed specifically for her for the first time.
And of course, I just had to do a little shopping to close out the day. (but thankfully, I only need to do a little between now and May :)).
We are so, SO excited to add another little lady to our family. And let’s be honest. At this point, a boy wouldn’t have stood a chance.
Mayby was the best gift that came out of 2012. We can’t wait to meet her in 2013!