Apr 29, 2010  •  In Baby, Personal, Pregnancy

The Gender Reveal

It’s a GIRL!

After the NT scan, I thought that we had a bold and outgoing child on our hands. But this ultrasound certainly made me change my mind — she was a shy one, constantly covering her face with her hands and keeping her legs tightly crossed. It took quite some pokes from the tech, in addition to my downing an entire bottle of fruit juice and coughing repeatedly, until she uncrossed her legs and let us have a peek at the goods.

The ultrasound place we had chosen offers a complimentary follow-up exam if the baby’s gender can not be revealed at the first visit. Our tech felt so bad that she couldn’t get any clear images of the face (due to the baby’s hands) that she gave us the free exam anyway. We will return in two weeks for a second run at the 3D/4D ultrasound pictures and video.

I would be lying if I said I was completely happy to hear the news. In fact, J took it better than me. I wasn’t disappointed for myself, but for J and his family who had been looking forward to a boy. However, they took the news in stride and for that I am thankful.

My parents were ecstatic to hear the news. I could hear my father excited talking in the background, because he wanted a granddaughter from day one. When I called my sister, she screamed and almost blew my eardrums out. While I am happy that the baby seems happy and healthy, I feel guilty for not having the same reaction at the gender. As such, I have been praying that God fills my heart with joy for our baby girl.

Although we had picked both girl and boy names already, I had been having doubts in the past weeks about our choice of a boy name. As a matter of fact, I was certain that we would probably go with something else — we just couldn’t decide. Maybe this was a sign, because I love the name we have picked for our girl and wouldn’t have it any other way. (We will keep the name a secret until she is born.)

J is already talking about making a trip to Home Depot so that he can build a cage to keep our girl in until she turns 18. He also says he wants to buy a shotgun to scare off all boys. I know he’s kidding, but I can’t help but already be worried about boys too. I have a feeling we’re going to be very protective parents…

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18 Responses to “The Gender Reveal”

  1. Hubby says:

    no i wasn’t kidding about the cage and shotguns, but i doubt i have space for the cage so i just need to get a gun license

  2. Ella says:

    Congrats!!!! :-)) Get the pink bows and ribbons out!

    Oh I am sure J’s family will not feel even a tinge of regret once they see their granddaughter’s face. Same thing happened to my cousin as well. So don’t you worry even a little bit about that.

  3. Kristin says:

    CONGRATS!! Don’t worry about the in-laws. Hubs and I are both Chinese as well and when his older bro (the eldest son) & his wife had a baby girl last year, they also feared how the parents would react to the 1st grandchild being a girl. Before they found out, there was much talk from the in-laws about the future "grandson". After their 20wk ultrasound when they found out it was a girl, my in-laws were thrilled and even said, "It’s better to have a girl first. Older sisters are better than older brothers, will help the parents more." Even Hubs’ super traditional and superstitious Chinese grandparents were happy and said, "Girls are easier to raise."

  4. Amber says:

    Congratulations Jenny!

    I wanted a girl so badly, but was 100% convinced it was a boy. Eventually I got totally sold on having a little boy, so much that when we found out the gender I was floored with the "girl" announcement (so much for mother’s intuition), and it took me a bit to get used to it. Once you see your little girl you’ll feel better about it all. Best wishes to you both!

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  6. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations! 🙂 A girl now, and a boy later. 🙂

  7. Ashley says:

    Congrats, Jenny! Did you have any mother’s intuition that it was a little girl?

  8. baeshinja says:

    heck yeah! girl power 😉 #2 can be a boy… and your baby girl will be the most protective older sister ever.

    congrats to you guys!!! she’s gonna be gorgeous!

  9. Charmi says:

    congrats!!! you can always just have a baby boy later to protect your baby girl 🙂 i have three brothers who did a whole lot of over protecting when i was growing up

  10. awwh. a lil geek in heels. 🙂

  11. Amanda says:

    Congratulations!! A baby girl is totally my dream (though we’re nowhere near ready for babies yet). But I’m not picky: as long as we have a healthy baby, we’ll be pretty psyched. I think J’s parents will be too.

  12. Donna says:

    Congrats!! KDPhi Legacy, I smell 🙂

    Despite being super traditional, my mother-in-law confided in me that sometimes, having the eldest be a girl is nice because she can help out more around the house.

    My son is now adding your daughter to his potential girlfriend list. Not sure if J will approve of him though!

  13. Grace says:

    Congratulations! Just as long the baby is happy and healthy, who cares if it’s a boy or girl. Either one would be a blessing to the family.

  14. Carly says:

    Congratulations on a little girl! What a beautiful, loved baby she will be 🙂 How very exciting!!

  15. Jina of JAC says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is so excited! I’m so happy for you guys!

  16. Oh, hooray! I had a feeling she was a, well, "she"! 🙂

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