As soon as the ultrasound began, my first fear that the baby was no longer living was to put ease as we saw movement and the ultrasound tech began taking measurements. She started with the brain, and said everything looked normal. The heart...the kidneys....the legs...as she moved through each body part my heart swelled with thankfulness and profound joy to see all is healthy so far with our little one. It was so cute, too, because the baby was laying with one arm behind his head like he was relaxing. :) The tears of joy began to flow as I silently watched the screen and tightly squeezed my husband's hand.
About halfway into the appointment she moved to measure the legs - which of course gave us a view of what may or may not be between those legs. Before she could even ask if we wanted to know the gender, I saw what looked like a pe.nis and thought, "It's a boy!" However, I second guessed myself and wondered if that could actually be the umbilical cord? (picture #2 below) Pretty soon after that the tech did ask if we wanted to know the sex, and when we answered yes she pointed to what I had thought was the boy part and announced it was a boy.
I had been SO excited to find out the gender, but in that moment it felt rather insignificant. I was simply happy beyond belief to see a healthy little one. But as she continued with the measurements and pointing out different body parts, I kept saying in my mind, "A boy!" and "A son!" and it began to sink in more. It really would not have mattered either way what sex the baby had been, but the reality that this was our baby, our boy, our son began to take shape and filled me with incredible joy. The tears flowed even more freely.
I was walking on cloud nine the rest of the day. I didn't know one could be that happy for that many hours in a row. :) We called family and texted a few friends and shared our special news. Most people were kind of shocked because everyone expected a girl.
That night before getting ready for bed my husband and I laid facing each other on the bed dreaming about life with a son. It was such a sweet time together that I will cherish always.
We are humbled and thankful for the miracle and gift that is our son!
Here are the ultrasound pictures from our anatomy scan on Thursday at 17 weeks 6 days. I have to admit that I don't think I can tell much difference between one person's ultrasound photo or another - even my own! - but it was still so amazing and special to see our baby. But it is totally fine if these are not amazing to you, haha!
|This was one of the first shots - it is a "skeleton" view of his face. It's a little freaky :)|
|How we found out it's a boy! There's a little arrow pointing to the boy part.|
|His precious little foot.|
|His sweet little hand waving at us. The white blob in front is the placenta blocking his face, so unfortunately we did not get a clear shot of his face.|
|And, last but not least, my favorite one - his profile.|