Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Week 20

We went to our Anatomical Ultrasound and found out that Its a.......




BOY!!! I can't believe it! To be honest, Big Guy couldn't either. I had all my money on it being a girl. Wow. I was the first one to spot the boy "turtle" that we saw on the screen versus the girl "hamburger" that I was prepared for. Of course, in the weeks before this ultrasound, I gave myself a crash course on detecting gender and other anatomical details on an ultrasound by perusing hundreds of pictures online. Crazy, I know. I told you over-information. All the time.

Me: Oh my! I see a turtle! Its a boy!
Big Guy: *quietly says* Holy sh!t! *runs fingers through his hair and leans back in chair - wide-eyed - in utter amazement*
Me: I can't believe its a boy. I'm so happy.*tears*

Outside of ultrasound room:
Big Guy: YES! *kneels on one knee and gives a hardy Tiger Woods fist pump*
Me: *side eye*

It really was a great day for the both of us. I wanted a report of a healthy baby and Big Guy wanted the same AND wanted to know the gender. We both got what we wanted. He even videotaped me outside the hospital (no video cameras allowed inside without permit). Its very sweet of him to remember my desire to document this process in pictures. He's a sweetheart. I'm glad he's my babydaddy. And husband of course!

We spent the entire ride to work calling our siblings and parents to share the news.

That night, to celebrate, we ate dinner at a German restaurant. I picked one in Midtown since it was a bit late by the time he finished at the gym and our Queens favorite would be closed. The food at this place was terrible. Big Guy said everything tasted like a pickle had been stirred around in it. His description was dead on and it made me laugh until I was holding my stomach. Too much vinegar. Too much dill. We still had a good time recounting our morning. That's what really counts.

I forgot to mention - the baby was turned with his front facing my spine for most of the U/S session so we were told to return for a follow-up U/S so they could get a good view. The technician immediately told me not to worry, that this was standard when the baby was in an unfavorable position, but of course I was worried anyway. Big Guy had to reassure me more than once that I need not worry. We have another scheduled for next week.


Baby's digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, speaking of the diaper situation... baby's genitals are now fully formed!

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