Friday, December 12, 2008

The Moment We've Been Waiting For...

And the winner is...

My "Early" Christmas Present...

Micah is wrong...

Drumroll please...

For the first time in 10 years we can say...

It's A Girl!!!

I couldn't decide on a title. :)

We had the best ultrasound tech ever! Even when the printer stopped working she spent a good 5-10 minutes to get it working again so we could have good pictures (and a lot of them!) to take home. She carefully explained every measurement she took and why she took it. She said she has been doing this for 17 years. She works some here and in another office, plus she works down in the cities for a perinatologist (a specialist for unborn babies who are at high risk). She knows her stuff!!!

At first in the ultrasound the baby was all curled up into a tight ball. It was hilarious (if not a bit uncomfortable). We had a hard time seeing anything at all. :) Even her head--she kept putting her arms and hands up by her face. She was moving around quite a bit though and soon we were getting the shots we need.

Wow, it seems so weird to be able to say "she" and "her."

Caleb was really anxious to hear the gender. As if we all weren't. I think he expected to hear it first thing. I don't know if he really understood what he was seeing on the screen, but we tried to explain it to him nonetheless. He can be a little "blonde" sometimes. ;) He asked the funniest questions until finally I told him to go sit down and read his book.

Finally the tech says, "So what do you have at home, two boys and one girl?" I said, "FIVE boys and one girl." She said quietly, "Well, this one is a girl." I gasped. My heart lept. I said, "Are you sure?" She said, "I'm sure." And she went over that spot again and again and printed me out a "toilet shot"...which is a picture as if looking up at the baby sitting on a toilet. I immediately started crying. :) I said, "Oh, I'm going to cry. I was worried I would cry if it's a boy, and now I'm crying cause it's a girl!" It was so funny. I kept crying. Tears of joy of course. It still makes me want to cry. I just can't believe it really is finally a girl. Oh, and everything on the baby looked perfect...head, nuchal fold, spinal cord, fluid, cerebellum, abdomen, heart, valves, arteries, liver, kidneys, bladder, feet, cord (all 3 vessels there), fingers, and so on. She was SO thorough and careful to explain everything. Even my placenta is faaaaaaaar away from my cervix--it is anterior (on the front), which means it acts sort of as a "shock absorber" and that's why I didn't feel movement with her as soon as I did with the last two. We are so blessed!

I know there are lots of people waiting to hear the gender, so I'll quit babbling for now. Here are the pictures!

Long legs and a fairly obvious girl shot...also the placenta is right above the knee (looks like a cloud)

This is a "toilet" shot...looking up at the baby's girl parts. See the "hamburger" or 3 lines?

Face/skull shot

Face/skull again and a hand up on top of the head. Such a dramatist.

Footprint

Pointing at us

Spine (c-spine)
Thank you, Lord!

7 comments:

  1. YYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you!!!! I have been stalking your blog all afternoon to see what the verdict was. Congratulations!!!

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  2. Oh my goodness, HOOOORRAAAAYYY!!!! So happy for you!! Think of all the adorable little pink dipes you get to start making for her!! And the hats to knit.
    Those pictures are TERRIFIC!! Your hospital must have a really great machine. Wow!

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  3. WOOHOO!! Doing the happy dance for you!!!!! So exciting!! Congrats!!

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  4. "The girls are catching up", (Michelle Duggar)

    I like the name Genesis. Genesis and Eden sounds sweet.

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  5. I'm really happy for you that you got your wish. You got my girl, and I got your boy. Ha!! This definitely has been an upscale year, and Bobby just rounded out everything by getting another girl~ :)!! I hope that everything continues to go well for you all, and tell Micah I'm sorry he didn't get another brother, he'll just end up sending this one to Africa to see Eden!! Ha!! Take care, Love and miss you all much!! XOXOX

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  6. woo hoo!!!! congratulations, Steph! how very, very exciting. :)

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  7. Even though I'd heard the story, when I got to the part where the tech quietly said, "This one's a girl" I got goosebumps! (There may even have been tears that sat but didn't fall -- we'll blame that on the hormones. LOL)

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