Friday, May 02, 2003

And yes, finally, a Baby Related Post. Gender is revealed, but you're going to have to read on...

We came down to stay at my Mom's on Thursday night, since we were going to start so early in the morning on Friday for the appointment. It was going to be at 8:30 Check in. We woke up in time despite the fact that my cell phone clock was about 12 hours ahead (PM), and we drove down to the University of Washington without incident, really. Didn't really get lost or anything, which is rather impressive of me. If I was born thousands of years ago, I would've been a famous explorer who just found countries just because I got lost.

The University Hospital was kinda strange, a cross between a University and a old hospital, and there was an awful lot of artwork that adorned the walls. We got into the Ultrasound room on schedule, and it pretty much started on the dot. The doctor (for lack of a appropriate job title) went through her measurements, taking stills of the baby's head size, circumference, bones, checking the number of fingers... Making sure all the appendanges were intact. The baby did a few kicks and waves, which made us smile a lot. This went on for about half an hour, just doing the measurements and looking at closeups of the little beating heart and the face of the baby, which looks a bit alien because only the eye sockets and the pupils or something show up on the ultrasound, giving the baby a rather different counternance.

We finally asked that we wanted to know the sex of the baby, and the doctor said that she already knew, but didn't know if we wanted to know. So, being the experienced doctor she was, she found the baby's legs, and used her fingers to cast a shadow on the baby's legs and proceeded to tell us that there was a scrotum, and a penis.

So, there you have it, we're having a baby boy. We went through some genetic counseling, and it seems that our odds were going to be pretty much fine, and that put ourselves at ease a lot. Doctors aren't really inclined to give percentages anymore, or reassure parents that nothing is ever going to go wrong, so a lot of times they just give generalizations and vague answers, but this one was good enough to make us feel good for the next four months. For a while after they announced the gender, I sorta mourned a little about the idea of not having a girl. Seems like I was trying so hard to be impartial that I ended up being partial, one way or another. It's silly, really, the girl never existed, but the idea did.

We dropped off my Mom at her workplace and went to Target, then to rent some movies. Just watched "Jackass", and now I'm a little afraid of having a boy. What is wrong with these boys???

Anyway, we are happy as clams, and there should be a photo coming your way shortly. Along with the Vegas photos.

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