We’re having a girl!!!
People have been asking us for weeks if we had a preference or any inclination about the sex. John would say boy, I would say girl, but it was all in the spirit of needling each other a bit. In truth, we were hoping for four limbs, a head that appeared firmly intact and attached, and organs that were within the confines of the body cavity. We didn’t expect to see SO much more during the anatomy scan on Friday.
We were at the absolute last day of the 22nd week, though the size of my uterus and the length of our girl measures closer to 24 weeks–she’s already over a pound! Our first view was of the inside of heart, and we could see all four chambers beating, the picture was so precise that we could make out individual chordae tendineae (the “heart strings”). The scan took us through the heart and it’s major vessels (no tetralogy or transposition–two major congenital heart defects–for this kid!), the brain and spine, the kidneys, the limbs, etc. We’ve seen our girl head to toe!
And she’s acting more like a little being too. She’s clearly had enough of this whole womb thing and is ready to go exploring (don’t get any ideas, kid; you don’t really have lungs yet). As I recently described to a friend mother, what began as subtle taps and shifts have turned into full-blown body slams, forceful enough to wake me from sleep (a preview of what’s to come?)! She is definitely John’s child; I don’t stand a chance.
Here’s to 17 more weeks of happy gestation!