Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not the most patient person. In addition, I am a planner. Put these two characteristics together with a pregnancy and you can only imagine how difficult it is for me to wait the normal 18-20 weeks for gender determination.
Add Christmas on top of that with my 18 week ultrasound being scheduled for December 27th. To me that was unacceptable. I didn’t want to find out 2 days after Christmas what we were having. I wanted to be able to share the news on and before Christmas with our loved ones.
I started my research on 2D and 3D ultrasound locations in the Atlanta area and decided to schedule with Stork Vision, Atlanta. I contacted them to schedule an appointment and the staff was very friendly and quick to respond. Their location was very convenient in the heart of Buckhead Atlanta (numerous locations across the US).
We decided to bring the boys with us to the ultrasound since they’ve been so excited about the baby. Ryan asks me daily if the baby is wiggling and moving. They both hug and kiss the baby all the time. If they come up and hug me and I say “Thanks buddy. That was so sweet.” I receive a response such as “Momma. That hug wasn’t for you. It’s for our baby.” Oh, geez. Sorry boys!
The appointment was scheduled and now we just had to wait
impatiently patiently for the day to arrive.
The best part was that we kept the secret from most people that we were finding out early what we were having. We wanted to make it a surprise for Christmas for the grandparents! So mum was the word for now.
We arrived the day of the ultrasound with two very excited little boys and a nervous mommy and daddy. We didn’t care either way what we were having, but it’s always such big news you can’t help but be a little nervous to hear what they say!
The facility was very nice; quiet and comfortable. The ultrasound room was perfect for the boys with two large couches and a large TV for them to be able to see the baby. The tech was amazing and super friendly and energetic! She kept the boys engaged the entire time.
We got a lot of great photos of our new little one.
We listened to the baby’s heartbeat which was strong around 150. This was Ryan’s favorite part and asked several times to listen to it again (which the tech was kind enough to do for him).
And then came the part we had been waiting for……
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Again, we would have been happy with either a boy or a girl, but how fun to be having a little girl since we already have two boys! Ryan was just as thrilled and said “See I told you it was a sister.” to which Owen responds “No it’s still a brother.”
Owen’s already coming around to the idea of a baby sister though and loves to find things that are pink and girly and will tell me “Here. This is for baby sister.”
We couldn’t wait to share our news, but we had to keep it semi-secret for a bit longer. I made cute little cards (similar to the one above) and shipped them off to the grandparents. Most of them also received some pink and/or purple yarn to crochet/knit little blankets and hats and headbands for us. My mom and Jim’s grandmother always make us the greatest baby blankets which both Ryan and Owen still use. We also gave some yarn and a crocheting needle to Jim’s dad and told him he better learn in the next 5 months! Of course, we were kidding, but he seemed to get a kick out of the request.
That was our fun way of telling them the news for Christmas. Of course, my mom called approximately 3 minutes after receiving her package and the news. She was beyond excited and almost in tears. She was so surprised to hear since we had told her we wouldn’t know for another few weeks. The excitement in her voice was worth the wait and the keeping of the secret for as long as we had to.
We’ve already received several little pink outfits and toys from friends and Jim’s co-workers. It’s been so fun to see pink around the house! Next up…. the baby room and more clothes shopping! I can’t wait!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary 2D ultrasound in exchange for writing about my experience. All opinions are my own and I would definitely use them again!