Friday, January 12, 2007


Today was the day we had been waiting for. At 19 weeks, I was finally due for my first sonogram. We were both excited, and nervous, and scared, and worried, and anxious, and thrilled, and... well, you get the drift. The night before, as we lay in bed, we hoped and prayed that the baby would be healthy and alive and moving around, unlike the time when we had to go in for a sonogram and there was... nothing. We didn't think we could handle a repeat of that, not this far into the game. I went to sleep, expecting nightmares.

And I woke up, nightmare free, with the René Marie version of "How Can I Keep From Singing" playing in my mental soundtrack. A good sign.

We went in, with me worrying that "I don't have to pee enough!" as we drove there. We arrived, and the technician assured me that as long as I wasn't empty, we'd be fine.

She found the baby quickly, and just as she pointed out the head, our little one moved an arm quickly, throwing it above the head, as if saying, "Hi, Mom and Dad! 'Bout time you looked in on me!" The baby was moving and grooving, wiggling around like crazy.

Alive. Thank God. Alive.

She spent the next half hour taking pictures of all the important things (the 4 chambers of the heart, the spine, the head, kidneys, feet, hands, belly, etc.) and taking measurements while we watched in awe. That was our little baby, right there. Moving. Really moving.

We had decided before that we would find out the gender of the baby. We both want to know, and to be able to plan, and quite frankly we just can't wait! My mother-in-law was pretty sure it was a boy. Her colleague at work disagreed, she was sure it's a girl. My sister-in-law had a dream that I had a boy, and her dreams are never wrong. At least that's what she thinks, but my brother-in-law says her record is really great, after the fact. I had a feeling that I am carrying a girl. Last time, I thought it was a boy, and this time I really feel a girl in there. Dr. B is convinced that he is, as he puts it, "DOOMED to be the father of girls."

So then came the hard part. Finding out, for real, the gender of the baby. She worked carefully, having me move from back to side and returning me to my back again, before finally getting the chance we'd hoped for.

"I think you've got a little girl in there..." she said.

Zizou is a girl! With all the bladder-kicking she's doing, I am pretty sure she's a cowgirl, actually.

I dressed, and returned to the waiting room to await my OB appointment. The next hour was a flurry of bathroom trips (all that water caught up to me), visiting with the nurses, talking with the doctor, and getting a flu shot. I have gained the weight I lost plus one pound, so I am officially in the plus column, though I am still wearing regular clothes, for the most part. Our doctor laughed when I said I was worried that I wasn't getting "big enough" yet. "That will change, soon enough," she chuckled.

We walked down the hall to the lab, to have blood drawn for the Quad test and Cystic Fibrosis genetic tests. As we sat together, we discussed names, who we needed to phone, and generally just basked in the glow of knowing that we had a daughter on the way. Dr. B, being the guy he is, was already thinking about how we were going to talk to her about sex. He is such a worry-wart.

Then I saw it. Right there, on his right temple. About an inch long. His very first gray hair.

He really is a Dad.


PS The due date is still June 6.
PPS We're not telling anyone the name until the baby is born. You'll have to wait!
PPS She weighs about 11 ounces right now. My own little can-'o-pop.


The Bold Soul said...

Woo-hoo! What wonderful news! Congratulations to both of you and I'm so glad to know she's healthy. And no wonder Dr. B got a gray hair... isn't that what daughters are supposed to do to their daddies?

ViVi said...

I'm so happy for you! That must have been such an emotional moment. You guys are gonna be such awesome parents, the fact that Dr B's already stressing out about the future only proves it.

Love y'all! :)

PutYourFlareOn said...

Yay for you and Jeff! This is just wonderful news! Jeff can talk to Julien about the grey hair thing, his started popping up aright about the time the baby came into our lives.
I'm so happy for you guys! Keep us posted on the progress.

Love you guys...

Sof' said...

Congratulations to you Mr and Mrs B!

~steph~ said...

Jeff - the grey/silver hairs run in our family ie: Auntie Bobbie ("silver haired fox" as my friend Rick calls her - he met her at Dday - I mean my wedding, and fell in love), Nanny...and Scott! You should see him! He has ALOT of silvers!! I have them. Sigh. But, for some reason it's makes men look more'll look good on you! :)
I know you aren't disclosing names , but STEPHANIE is a fab name that noone seems to use anymore! ha ha ha !! And of course, your baby will be a Gemini just like me - June 12th!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! You are experiencing all the wonderful joys of pregnancy....enjoyed every minute of mine and then even more with the grandbabies....remember being in on a few of their sonograms. AND I have a bone to pick with my nephew....ha ha...having had two girls he is in for some great moments....doesn't he know how much little girls love their daddies?? He will love it...Jon never regretted having 2 girls...Don't fret about being big enough....long ways to go yet. Kristen didn't wear maternity till 7th month I think and had a 7 plus lb girl...even at 5 wks early ! take care...B

Roxanne said...

I didn't know you got a new blog~!

Congrats again. I will definitely spoil her.

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