Woohoo! We’ve arrived at the 20-week mark in this pregnancy! Wow, has it gone by quickly! We decided we wanted to find out the gender ourselves, and announce the news to our family later that day. After kicking around a few ideas, we decided using a cardboard box filled with either pink or blue helium balloons was the best choice for us.
Using Old Wives Tales, as well as guesses from friends and family, the consensus seemed to be girl.
More acne/blemishes: girl
140+ heart beat rate for baby: girl
Chinese Calendar: girl
Mayan Calendar: girl
Little Morning sickness: boy
Husband’s weight gain: girl
Good news: the ultrasound showed a healthy, well-developing baby in my womb! Unbeknownst to me, I previously has signs of placenta previa, but it had since cleared up. I found it’s relatively common to show signs in the first trimester, and much like my case, most placentas grow out of the cervix, higher into the uterus before the third trimester.
My husband and I took our son along to the appointment. He’s been hot and cold about the idea of a new sibling, so we wanted him to be able to feel like he was a part of the process. We also decided to let him be the one to pull back the tape on the box, releasing the balloons.
The ultrasound technician asked us if we already knew the gender or would we be finding out today as we walked in. I told her we did not know, but wanted to. Being that we already had a boy, I was hoping for a girl. My husband felt like he had a handle on the “raising a boy” thing, and wanted to keep it going. Jonas couldn’t decide. So we were split in our wishes as we were about to find out. I was hoping that she would look for gender identifying anatomy first, but she got right to work measuring body parts. Fair enough, that’s important too.
So, when she finally (in my mind it felt like forever, but I’m sure it was less than 5 minutes in the real world) excitedly exclaimed, “I’ve got it!” we couldn’t believe it! Check out the video below to find out for yourself, boy or girl?
I let loose a happy tear. Now, on to picking names…
I suppose it’s my lot in life to be surrounded by beautiful boys. Can’t complain about that!