Mike and I scheduled an elective ultrasound last week just as I passed the 15 week threshold so we could find out what the sex of the baby was (and so I could have peace of mind since this whole thing has been an emotional rollercoaster!) I always knew growing a baby was tough work, but I never expected it to come with a dump truck of anxiety, too! I'm constantly in fear that something will happen or the baby will just so growing. I knew I didn't have it in me to wait another 5-6 weeks for a second ultrasound so after polling the masses to ensure I wasn't totally crazy (and selfish!) for wanting an elective ultrasound, we went for it! I'm so glad we did! I'd do it again in a heartbeat and I'm firmly in the camp "do it!"
Those fifteen minutes on the table were so "affirming," if that makes any sense. This entire pregnancy thus far hasn't felt very "real" and seeing the baby squirm, roll over, and basically dance was exactly what I needed.
And best of all? This sweet little bundle of joy is a BOY! Toby is over the moon (he really, really wanted a little brother) and we're in heaven. I asked just before our appointment last week if people thought it would be a boy or a girl, and the overwhelming majority definitely leaned toward female. I definitely expected most to feel that way since I'm pretty feminine myself, but biology doesn't care about that haha! I've "known" from the very first ultrasound that it was a boy. I knew in my heart of hearts and I would've been floored had the ultrasound tech said otherwise. I'm so excited to bring a little dude into the world!
It's going to be such a fun challenge (for the lack of a better word) to decorate a boy's nursery. I was totally stumped at first with no clue where to start. Luckily Mike and I decided on a theme the other day and we're so so excited to get started! I know absolutely nothing about pregnancy/babies from the beginning to 3 years so it's going to be such a fun learning experience. We'll hopefully have another little baseball player in a couple of years!
We've been poring over names for the past forever, and I think we have finally (sort of?) agreed on a first name. It's been the only name I've wanted all along and I think it's grown on Mike a lot. Of course there's still a lot of time left for this bun in the oven so I won't get too antsy just yet. I don't know if it's something we'll share prior to the birth or not. Right now I'm just thinking about today's quad marker screening (to test for genetic abnormalities) and the anatomy scan in a few weeks. More than anything in the world I just want this little chipmunk to be healthy!
I'm 16 weeks today and I'm already amazed to be this far along. 16 feels like nothing in the grand scheme of things, but I'm looking forward to looking and feeling pregnant... just to put my anxious mind at ease. Life is good right now! Thanks for sharing in our excitement! xo