A girl! We're having a girl. I... cannot believe it. OMG. A girl. A GIRL! Penguin is a girl.
The ultrasound was this morning and it went great. Penguin was extremely squirmy, but the tech still described her (HER!) as cooperative, and I think that she got all the shots she needed. Everything looked wonderful, at least as far as the tech said (a couple times with Callum techs said everything looked great and then we got the ultrasound reports and discovered that there was a minor concern... both times it turned out to be nothing) and we know there's nothing major wrong because if there is the doctor comes in to tell you on the spot. We saw everything... the brain, the heart, the spine, the kidneys, all looking lovely. We saw fingers and toes and lips. We saw kicking and arm waving and neck stretching and bouncing and flipping. (And I felt it, too!) Penguin is measuring a couple days ahead and is estimated to be in the 53rd percentile for weight. So basically, perfect.
And we saw girl parts. Or, more precisely, we saw a lack of boy parts, and those telltale three lines. The tech said that she never absolutely 100% promises that someone is having a girl, but that this was as girly as she's ever seen, and we got a nice clear shot with the legs well parted, so... it's a girl. (Though when we go in for the 32-week growth scan that I'm indicated
for due to my lap-band, I'm sure I'll be relieved to receive
confirmation on the sex.)
She went so far as to actually type GIRL onto the printout she gave us, and gave us permission to start buying purple clothing. Is this something that other people with girls have experienced? With Callum the tech (a different one) said "it's a little boy" whereas this tech wasn't willing to be quite so definitive... but she said it wasn't because it was an unclear shot or anything, it was just because she doesn't ever like to make guarantees. But also, once you see boy parts, you can be pretty sure that it's a boy, whereas a lack of parts is kind of like proving a negative... there is a theoretical possibility that they were there and just... hidden? But in the real world, no. No chance. It's a girl.
A girl! I am THRILLED. It's what I would have chosen and I am SO DELIGHTED. Also still having a bit of trouble wrapping my head around the whole idea. I guess I've just gotten used to thinking of all babies as boy babies. Especially MINE, because clearly, a sample of one means that I have boy babies. Except not, because now I'm having a girl! Maybe if I say it enough times it will start to feel real. A GIRL.
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