A couple weeks ago I had the brilliant idea to get an early ultrasound to find out the gender of the baby a few weeks before our 20 week one with the doctor... and then I could know for my birthday! I'm not sure why I hadn't thought of it sooner, but one day the idea just popped into my head and it was BRILLIANT!
So I found a place that does elective gender scan ultrasounds and scheduled the appointment for this past Monday. It was perfect because my mom was off work that day too so she was able to come with me. (I told Josh he didn't have to come to this one if he was busy at work since we have another one in just a couple weeks, plus I thought we'd have to close our eyes for most of this one!)
Turns out we didn't... they figured out the gender right away - before we even knew they were looking! Throughout the ultrasound, the tech kept saying things that made us think it was a boy... for instance, it sounded like she slipped and called it "he" and at one point she said the baby's legs were straight up in the air and if we knew what we were looking for it would be obvious because,"those....gender parts.... are hard to hide."
So needless to say we both left the appointment thinking it was a boy!
Either way, I think ultrasounds are my favorite part of being pregnant even though I've only had 2! It's just so amazing to see the baby!!! She was so much bigger this time than at our last one two months ago. She had her arm up by her face most of the time (like above) so I figure she's either going to be a thumb sucker or a drama queen. And I love this shot of her tiny little foot!!!!
Anyway, they put the gender in a sealed envelope and my plan was to take it directly to the cake lady so I wouldn't be tempted to look. However, my plan failed because they gave me TWO envelopes! I have to say, not opening that little envelope for 5 days was HARD... especially once I knew there were three people in the world who knew what my baby was and none of them were me or Josh!! But it was all worth it for this moment yesterday...
Sorry, for some reason I can't figure out how to make the video smaller/not blurry. It's also on Facebook if we're friends ;)
This was by far our most successful party I think! Who would have thought all I had to do to get my friends to come celebrate my birthday was disguise it as a gender reveal party and borrow a giant inflatable water slide from the neighbors?! (we got lucky there! Saturday was the only sunny day in about 2 weeks!) Seriously though, only ONE person who had RSVP'd didn't make it... I'm pretty sure that's NEVER happened before! We feel so blessed and fortunate to have such amazing people in our lives! We definitely don't expect everyone to be as excited about our baby as we are, but we sure felt loved yesterday and so thankful that our baby is so loved already, too.
I wore this dress almost a year ago to my Bachelorette party... this might be TMI but I didn't realize how much my boobs had grown! Next time I decide to wear a pre-pregnancy dress to an event, I think I'll try it on first! I just assumed it would fit because it was a maxi dress... it fit, but it was a little tight in the chest area :-/
My Wives Tales were split almost evenly, 6 for girl, 4 for boy... so they were right, but it was close!
Aidan LOVED all the little girls at the party... he went to give one of them a hug and aggressively yelled as he walked towards her. It was because he liked her, but it scared her and it was adorable!
Love these ladies!
After we ate, it was the strangest thing, everyone wanted to go right to dessert and didn't even care about letting their food settle first!
Let's find out who's right...
I cried, of course. Tears of shock and joy. I have dreamed of having a daughter since I was a little girl.
We are SO incredibly excited!! I can't believe we are having a little girl!!! <3
God is so, so good.