We’ve had a fun week and a half or so over here, letting the knowledge that our little baby is a little girl soak in. There have been lots of new phrases floating around our house, like daughter, sister, and it’s a girl. I even told the baby a few times on that day, “You’re a girl!” I’m not sure that she knew.
I love her little profile in this picture, and that you can see her little hands in it. Although the more that I look at it, I think it kind of looks like she’s got her arms in a “put your dukes up” position. Maybe she’s already ready to fight off the boys, or fight her brother for toys or something like that. She is exactly where she needs to be as far as her size. The average is between 12 and 14 ounces and she is 13, so perfect. There were no problems and no concerns.
She has pretty big feet, at least I think so. (Proportionate to her leg, they seem big to me anyway.) But Jayce had really big feet when he was born and has always been tall/long for his age, so maybe she’ll be the same.
We weren’t sure that we’d be able to find out the sex at all, because she had her knees up with her legs pulled snugly against her body, and the x-ray technician spent about 20 minutes trying to get her to move her legs around. Our first clue was when she said, “Well, I’m leaning towards a girl,” which was certainly not enough information to go by, and I was hoping that we’d leave with more information than that. After a little bit she said, “Yeah, I think it is a girl, I can see lines, so…” which made me laugh. But then she finally got the shot, and we have photographic evidence to prove the girl-ness. I won’t put the gender photo on here, because even though I’m glad we found out the sex, I do think it’s a little strange how a lot of worry and effort goes into getting an x-ray picture of our unborn child’s genetalia. You know what I mean? If only they had a little pink or blue bow on, that would be a bit nicer.
The next picture is her profile, but with her arm up over her face. We also have a scary “baby looking straight at the camera and kind of looking like skeletor” picture, that I didn’t get a good picture of. Maybe I’ll show it next time, but I doubt it. It’s not nearly as fun as the profile one.
Speaking of the profile picture, I made this cute little display for our house and put it on Lemon Tree this week. I found out the next day that it had been featured on Apartment Therapy in the Children’s Section, called Ahdeedoh, here. Fun right?!
Back to the sonogram, once we found out that the baby was a girl, it was a little bit funny how she wouldn’t move her legs at all. We told the tech that she was just modest, and we knew the baby would be stubborn no matter what. But the “knees up in front of her stomach” position blocked a few pictures of the umbilical cord that the doctor needs, so we’ll get another sonogram at our next visit. She said everything was completely fine, looked normal, and she had no reason for concern, but they need these pictures and the baby wasn’t cooperating, so that is what we’re doing. And I won’t object to seeing her again in there. 🙂
Several people have asked me if I’ve been shopping since we found out the sex, and the unfortunate answer is no. As soon as we arrived home from the doctor that day, a huge snow/ice storm hit that lasted for about 24 hours or so. (Notice that Jayce is standing on snow that is above Chris’ knees in this picture.) It was pounding wind, ice and snow that shook the house, left thousands of families without power and even closed the universities for a few days. The storm was followed by several days of below freezing weather, and it is only now finally creeping towards 30. So, basically, the weather has forced me not to shop. At least in stores.
But I must confess, I HAVE been shopping, kind of. What do you call window shopping if it’s done online? I’ve been doing that, lots of that. I also have spent an embarrassing amount of time online finding the perfect fabric for the nursery. (It’s not actually that embarrassing, I spent as much time as was necessary to hunt down exactly what I was looking for.) I have a few things ordered and a few samples on the way, so now I am absolutely hounding the mailbox. It’s kind of fun that in this period of waiting, this is something that I can do to prepare for the baby a little bit, and since I take on new projects every week for the blog anyway, there might as well be some baby-inspired projects. Since I haven’t even bought a little pink onesie yet, hopefully this will appease me a little. 🙂
Discovering the gender has also opened up the floor to the Great Name Debate, something that we had been putting off until we knew the sex. Neither of us had a mental (or physical) list of names, so that night we would randomly would throw out names to one another, which is kind of nice to do at this “no pressure” stage of name suggesting. The only thing that we decided that night was that we know entirely too many crazy people. Many of the names that we suggested (at least Chris’ suggestions), I could think of someone we knew with that name that was kind of crazy or at least drove us crazy. I guess that is what happens when you move around a lot? You meet lots of people, and there are always crazy ones in the pack, right?