Boy or Girl?

We had our 20-week scan today. Encouraged by friends, we decided to take the girls with us. As we parked, Laurence admitted that he felt nervous, in a good way. I worried last minute that the hospital staff night not be so keen but they were more than welcoming.

This was particularly kind of them because I totally mixed up the times! We were supposed to be there at 11.45am but I wrote down 1pm which is actually the time of my next midwife appointment! Baby brain to the max – is there any hope?

Our sonographer was friendly with us all and even engaged the girls, while still doing all the important bits. Viewing the heart, brain, stomach, vertebrae and all the rest, I held my breath at times, hoping it would be OK and aware that there was a chance it might not be. But it was. Our baby wriggled and waved and kicked the sonographer’s hand away at times. It was all incredible to see. A real baby.

Talitha was spellbound, visibly delighted. I don’t remember the other anomaly scans being quite so clear. Both times I had to take the sonographer’s word for it when she described what was on screen. I was especially glad for the girls’ sake that it was so incredibly clear this time. We got a close up of the nose and lips (checking for cleft lip) and they looked just like Ophelia’s!

Ophelia was quiet but attentive, sitting on her daddy’s lap. I still wasn’t sure how much she understood but she’s been pointing to my tummy and saying “baby” ever since so I think the experience has made an impression on her.

A we left the room, Talitha was quiet. Then she admitted that she was disappointed the baby’s sex wasn’t what she’d expected. As for us, I think we’re both still processing the revelation but we are, of course, delighted. The reality that this is a real, live baby that we’ll be meeting pretty soon is truly setting in. All looked healthy and normal, a relief.

As for the news of whether we’re having a boy or girl, sorry to tease but I’ve put together a little video so the kids can tell you.


19 Comments

  1. February 25, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    Very sweet! “Baby” – that’s the cutest ๐Ÿ˜‰ Congratulations on a house full of girls. Very happy for you!

    • February 28, 2016 / 11:00 pm

      Thank you! I’m pretty excited about it all! Loving Ophelia learning to talk.

  2. Keri Jones
    February 25, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    Oh so sweet! Congratulations :).

  3. February 25, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    Oh, she melted my heart shouting, “Baby!”. It reminded me of my little ones saying that when expecting a baby sibling. I really feel I’ve stopped having babies, but it’s a shame that my youngest will never get to experience the younger sibling relationship! (I suppose the eldest never gets an older sibling either!). Huge congratulations to you all. You are such a lovely family xxx

    • February 28, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      It’s strange coming to terms with the fact that your children will have different experiences, isn’t it? I find myself wanting to make things “even” for everyone but it’s just not possible. I’m fairly certain this is our last baby but I imagine I’ll feel the same way about this baby not having a little sibling maybe in a couple of years!

  4. Fairlie
    February 26, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Hooray! I’m a third girl too, it’s a privileged status! Brew well Adele.

    • February 28, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      Whoop whoop! Did I know that about you? I feel like I did. May this girl count herself privileged. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Jen
    February 26, 2016 / 10:54 am

    Whoop whoop!! Hooray for a new baby girl! Sending you all so much love xxx

  6. Sarah smith
    February 26, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    Lush girls are awesome we have 3 girlie’s to ๐Ÿ˜€

    • February 28, 2016 / 11:04 pm

      Thank you! Nice to hear from someone else with three girls. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. February 27, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    Wow, congratulations – I’m one of 3 girls and it’s brilliant! Still have 11 days to go before I find out the gender of our third little one and the suspense is killing me! Your girls are absolutely gorgeous in the video too x

  8. March 7, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Ahhh congratulations!! Love the video, very cute. Arlo was gunning for one gender over the other and I was so surprised at how well he took it when the sonographer revealed it wasn’t the one he was hoping for.

  9. March 7, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Noooooooooooooooooo the video is blocked by work – really pleased to hear all is well and you’re all doing so great

  10. March 31, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    A lovely way to reveal the gender. ๐Ÿ™‚

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