a petite yaya

20 Jun

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!

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8 Responses to “a petite yaya”

  1. Melissa June 20, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Of course you would have taken either a boy or a girl joyfully, but it’s so cool to know what you have! Congrats on your little yaya bruiser! 😀

    • annaojesus June 20, 2012 at 9:11 am #

      Thank you so much, Melissa! You’re right–there is something so special about knowing the sex; it simply makes everything feel more real and secure. Thank you again!

  2. Shannon June 20, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Congratulations, Anna (and John)! I’m so happy for you.

    • annaojesus June 20, 2012 at 9:12 am #

      Thank you, Shannon! We’re thrilled! Wow, it’s been a long time (though I enjoy your updates via facebook so much!), and I so happy to hear from you. I hope you and your family are well!

  3. ahyesplans June 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Congrats!! You guys must be thrilled. 🙂

    • annaojesus June 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

      Thank you so much! We are SO thrilled 🙂

  4. Krystyna McIver June 21, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    I’m thrilled for you Anna! You look so happy!

    • annaojesus June 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      Thanks so much, Krystyna! So wonderful to see you last weekend–miss you two!

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