~ I Said I Wouldn't But . . .
I found out the sex of this baby! Yep, I gave in. I can't believe I did it either, but I couldn't resist. Obviously, my hubby wanted to know . . . that was a given. Since I couldn't decide, I asked Dylan and Kaylee if they wanted to know. They both said they did. That was what did it for me. I didn't want them to be denied. I was not disappointed at WHAT we are having, but I can honestly say, I was disappointed to find out. I really wanted that surprise at the end of the road. Oh well, the things we do for our kiddos.
So, before I actually reveal the sex, I'll go over the "big" ultrasound information. This is the midpoint of the pregnancy, so they my OB wanted to have a more in depth scan done to check on the baby's progress and see if anything looked out of the ordinary. I am 36 years old, so I am considered to be "old" to have a baby, so am a bit high risk because of that one factor. Also given my age, they pushed to me to have the triple screening test done as well as an amnio. I refused the triple screen with the twins and I did so with this one as well. There was no way I was having an amnio given the chance (even though small) of miscarriage. Since I was not willing to have that done, it really wasn't necessary to have the triple screening done either. I left it with my OB that if something came up on the scan, we would discuss options from there, but really I wouldn't terminate a pregnancy.
In this scan they basically do lots of measurements of all the different parts of the baby. They check head circumference, length of leg and arm bones, look at the spine, check the organs (heart, kidneys, liver, stomach etc.) and look at the cord. In doing so, they can look for flags that might indicate Down Syndrome or a cleft palate or chin or club feet. It's amazing that all of that can be determined by taking a few pictures and measurements, which contain a level of certainty that all is well. Everything checked out a-ok. This little one looks perfect in everyway, which of course is great news. It was also fun because you could see baby moving around and wiggling . . . even yawning.
The best part was that my hubby, kids and my mom were all able to come and sit during the scan and see it all. So they all were there for the big reveal as to what we are indeed having.
It's a . . . BOY!
No mistaking this one . . . even if they hadn't told me, I would have known it was so obvious. My husband is over the moon and so am I. I really didn't care what we had as long as it was healthy.
So, now comes the challenge of trying to name this little guy. It took my hubby and I a long while to name the twins. We had a hard time agreeing and didn't actually come up with solid names until right before they were born. My guess is we'll be in the same boat this go around.
Needless to say though, we are thrilled that everything is looking great. I am feeling good and baby is good so what more could I ask for. Dylan is very excited to be having a baby brother, as is Kaylee. She did struggle at first and was upset saying that she wanted a sister. After some discussion however, the reality is that she thought I was upset at having a boy since I started to cry when I found out. I had to explain to her that I wasn't crying because it was a boy, but rather because I was so relieved that the baby was healthy and everything was okay. I told her I didn't care if it was a boy or a girl and that my tears were just out of relief. Once we got that cleared up, she was cool with a baby brother and is very excited to help take care of him.
It's hard to believe I am already half way done with this pregnancy. It is going by so quickly and I know it will be over before I know it. I am trying to hard to really relish in it since I know that there is a good chance this will be our last baby (still trying to convince the hubby to at least think about one more). The rest of the time is going to fly by I am sure.
Until next week . . . hugs and belly rubs!