Friday, February 24, 2012
Boy or girl?
After living with a wild child the past few weeks, I'm really starting to wonder what this next kiddo is going to be like. Another silly, energetic boy? Or perhaps we'll be blessed with a more relaxed lad who takes after his/her daddy. Because Mac is pretty much his mommy, through and through. ...A little high-strung busy bee.
Some people don’t want to know what they are having—they want to be surprised after all that effort of labor. And I can appreciate that. But us? We want to know ASAP. For me, realizing that I could order a turkey sandwich via touch screen in my hospital room was enough of a surprise surrounding Mac's birth. Oh, and that whole surgery thing.
So, we just want to know NOW—is it a boy or a girl?
...And next week, we will!
Nope, I'm nowhere near the 19-21 week window when most people find out the gender of their baby at the OB's office. I'll be just 14.5 weeks next Wednesday. And that's when the wonderful world of technology will grace us with its super early determination of whether this tiny little bean is a He or a She.
We're traveling on up to Powell to Ultrasona Columbus, a 3D/4D sonographer that can tell you what you're having in as little as just 14 weeks pregnant. And you can invite up to 18 people to partake in the magic! But we're taking just Mac. Sorry, but I think it's kind of creepy to have a sizeable audience watching while goo is smeared on your naked belly and a photo of the fetus is blasted onto a 50" plasma. To each his own, of course, and you can bet that we WILL share the news shortly after.
We're getting just a 2D ultrasound, because that's the best for early gender recognition, and I think the 3D and 4D ones are totally bizarre. I'll wait to see my babe's actual facial features after he's born. That's at least one more surprise for me. ...Even more surprising that automatically-delivered turkey sammies!
If it's a boy, this will be the second test that has confirmed the baby as such. See, we are so crazily eager to find out the gender that we plopped down $45 for an Intelligender at-home test a few weeks back. It's kind of hokey, but why not try it out for the fun of it? (Although the cashier at Walgreens said, "That's a lot of money for fun.") And it was, I honestly wouldn't recommend it. But we did it, and it said "Boy!" We took the same Intelligender test when I about 16 weeks pregnant with Mac and it also said "Boy!" So, we'll see if we're two for two in the goofy pee-test department.
We also paid for a 3D ultrasound of Mac at about 18 weeks. This time, we're just doing everything a bit earlier. Obviously, we are losers with nothing better to do, and nothing better to spend our hard-earned money on. I mean, we have a kid, so we don't go out anymore and blow it on ourselves. And I'm fat now anyway, so my Target clothing expenses have come waaaaay down the past few months.
So, I say it's fun to splurge a bit if you are as gender-hungry (ewe, sounds weird) as us. Or, you can try out some of the free, online options—also fun in my book!
Gender prediction quiz (This one says "boy" for us, too.)
Chinese gender prediction (But this one? – "girl.")