This is the next LO in my series of pregnancy layouts in For Keeps Issue 42.
Journaling: From very early on in the pregnancy we decided that we'd find out your sex - whether you're a boy or a girl.
Your 19 week ultrasound. I was so excited to see pictures of you again. It was so good to see your little image up there on the screen. I can't believe how fast you're growing. According to the lady who was doing the scan you have a very healthy little heart. Everything else looks very healthy too. She checked you over thoroughly, Bunny, and you look just perfect. We have a video of you moving around and waving your little arms and legs. This is my favourite photo of you so far. I am so in love with your sweet little profile already. We asked to find out your sex and she told us you're a...
The stenographer's advice was confirmed by the amniocentesis results. Amniocentesis - it struck fear into me - my fear of needles; my fear of putting your little life at risk. Your Dad and I thought long and hard about it. In the end, we decided to have the test done. On the day I was very nervous, but happy that we'd decided to have the test. I held your Dad's hand tightly all the way through the procedure and just tried to enjoy seeing you on the TV screen once again. I was very brave. I tell you what, Bunny, you're in a nice bath in there, little fella! I held the vials of amniotic fluid while I was in the process of checking all the details on their labels. They were warm! You should be very content in that warm bath! Once the test was complete we had to wait a very long 10 days for the results. Finally, the doctor's office rang. It was late on the Friday afternoon. "Everything's normal" they said. I was very happy to hear that and sent a text message to your Dad straight away. It was only then that I realised that I'd forgotten to ask if you were a boy or a girl. I could have kicked myself! Now we had to wait until the ultrasound in another week's time (19 weeks). In hindsight, I don't know why I didn't just ring the doctor back!. Anyway, that week dragged. I was so impatient. I wanted to know; to be able to visualise you as a boy or a girl. Well, I just had to wait, didn't I? And finally the day of the ultrasound was here and the answer was revealed. And the result confirmed by amniocentesis. You are a boy. A little boy! You have an x chromosome and a y chromosome. A boy.
Ya know, when I saw that ultrasound picture again in the magazine, with that beautiful little profile, I got all choked up. Because now I can look at that little profile and "know" it. It's Jamie's beautiful little face. Ah, enough soppiness, lol!
That's it for today. I haven't been on the computer much in the last few days. So, sorry if I haven't cruised past your blog lately or answered my emails. I just haven't had a chance. Jamie's teething again and has been so "unsettled". (That word just cracks me up - it just does not describe a grizzling baby who refuses to be put down and cries with discomfort for most of the day, and for an hour at a time during the night.) Do teething babies swallow lots of wind? I guess they must. He has had so much wind pain. And, here I was thinking that the days of colic were behind us. Thank goodness for Infants Friend and Gripe Water. I managed to get a half hour nap this morning when he had a quick sleep. I feel a bit better. I might try to get another nap when he has a sleep at 12.30pm. Pity he only sleeps for 40 minutes at a time. By the time the church behind us rings its bells for a couple of minutes (twice) and the phone rings, I don't get much sleep - yes, that was this morning. Hopefully I'll get more this afternoon. Otherwise I'm going to be one very grumpy mummy.
See you tomorrow.