Yesterday, we went for an ultrasound to check on the baby. I usually only have one if there is a concern, not routinely. Our concern was the viral infection that has gone through all the kids, as well as me.
Without doing a blood test, there really is no way to know for sure what particular virus this is, but since there are no treatment methods for viral infections such as roseola or fifth's, I declined my midwife's suggestion to do a blood test. I already knew I was sick, and didn't need bruised veins to prove this point to me.
My concern was the baby, since his/her activity level was less than usual during the two days that I was sickest. I knew that this was most likely just due to the fact that I was tired, sore, and unable to eat much, but it was still a concern.
Thankfully, everything looked fine on the ultrasound, so there is no need to follow up with more specialized care. We brought the whole family along, and once the technician did a quick check to make sure everything looked good, we brought everyone into the room. I was surprised how well Solomon was able to make out body parts on the screen - it's not like he has seen a lot of images like these before. My husband had not been to an ultrasound since I had one 11 years ago during my pregnancy with Solomon, so he was really fascinated, too.
Since we do not routinely do ultrasounds, we typically do not find out the gender before birth. But, if and when we have one for medical reasons, I will ask. My last ultrasound before this one had been with Miriam, after I broke my foot and started contractions from the pain much too early on. At the time, the technician was unable to tell, because Miriam very stubbornly kept her legs crossed and turned the other way. The last time we knew the gender for sure ahead of time was with Isaac, because I had done OB care for the first part of that pregnancy, including the routine sonogram.
So when the technician yesterday asked me if I wanted to know, I told her I was certain it was a boy just based on how I felt. For me, there is always a huge difference in the way I feel and carry. She smiled, swung the screen around, and pointed to the obvious evidence - a boy, just like I had suspected!
It will be fun having a little baby boy again after almost 8 years since the last one! My family is convinced I am going to repeat our pattern of 3 boys, 3 girls, all over.
Now that we are certain on the gender, my husband and I have moved on to the subject of picking a name for the baby. I think we have agreement on the first name, but we will not share it until after the birth. There are several reasons for this. For one, announcing your name choice before birth seems to be an open invitation to all to share their opinions on the name, something I absolutely cannot stand. Secondly, we want to see the baby in person before finalizing any choice, to be sure it feels like a "good fit".
Hey, just be glad I announced the gender ahead of time! :)
I would love to share a cute ultrasound image along with this post, but the only picture we got was that of the very telling "boy" shot. We did get a couple of glimpses of baby's face, saw him swallowing, playing with his hands, etc. but by the time the lady went back to take pictures for us to keep, baby had decided to curl the other way and look at my spine.
I not only knew that we were having a boy, but I also know what he will look like: exactly like his older brothers and dad! I'm just in a time warp here.