So I thought I had it all planned out. In my mind, everything was set and it was just a matter of confirmation. And then things change. Three little words have changed our lives.
It's a girl.
Wow. Wow. Wow.
The first thing Lee said when we found out: "I'm so DONE." The second thing: "Well, I guess I just have to get ready to go to jail in about 14 or 15 years when the first boys start coming by the house."
(The ultrasound tech was kind enough to check about 5 or 6 times to make sure that the baby was a girl - Lee wanted absolute certainty!)
In addition to the baby being incredibly un-modest and flashing her girl bits for the world to see, we also got to see two healthy kidneys, a nicely-forming brain, the four chambers if her wonderful heart, and two spindly arms and legs (that look perfect to make jump shots with).
We're biased, but she's totally beautiful. (There's two ultrasound pictures where she does look look a little, um, scary ... but I'm hoping that just wasn't her best side ...)
She is measuring at 19 weeks, 3 days, which is just two days shy of how far along I actually am, so my due date remains the same - December 26th. Lee and I were also thrilled to hear that her head is actually measuring smaller than everything else, at 18 weeks, 5 days. Maybe our fears of having an abnormally large-headed baby are unnecessary now!
She was moving around like a champ during the whole ultrasound, but I still don't think I'm 100% convinced that I've felt anything yet. It's just a matter of time now.
Our plan was to have both set of parents over for dinner that night, and tell them all at the same time. So after our appointment, Lee swung by his parents' place to pick them up and I went to Party City to buy some pink bowls, pink napkins, and pink silverware (pinkware?). My parents met us at our house, and we told them all the news by surprising them with dinner served in the pink bowls. And my super-cute mom brought over Thin Mint Pie (which tastes as good as it sounds) for dessert, and right before she served it, she put a few drops of red food coloring into the Cool Whip to turn it pink. So, so cute.
Bring on the pink, the pigtails, the dresses, and the tea parties ... and also, the fishing, the golfing, and the basketball. :)
(by the way, if anyone listens to country music, the song "All-American Girl" by Carrie Underwood fits perfectly right about now ...)
Weight gain: +10 lbs