Sorry for the delay.... As most of you know we had our "BIG" ultrasound and prenatal appointment last Tuesday afternoon and we want to share all of our good news!!
First and foremost - we learned that we are progressing very well and that we have a very HEALTHY and very ACTIVE baby!!! AND............................................. Baby Barber is a Baby BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHH!! As a lot of you know for all the silliest reasons both Brad and I were pretty convinced that I was carrying a GIRL - that seemed to be the general consensus from all who waged their opinions and we were convinced by every "old wives tale" in the book - from my being so sick meaning it was a girl, to the Chinese Lunar Calendar's prediction.... you name it - it said GIRL...... with ONE exception... Mimi!! She swore baby was a BOY from the VERY beginning and NEVER wavered!! So, Mimi - NICE WORK - we will be consulting you again for the next bambino ;) hee hee
The ultrasound tech had asked us upon entering the room if we wanted to know the sex and we practically shouted YES!! So, she then said that she had to go through about a 20 point anatomy scan and that toward the end she would be looking for signs of gender for us - - - so, we were sort of watching her zoom in and and out on parts both familiar and unfamiliar and then out of the blue she just blurts "WELL THAT'S A BOY FOR SURE!" and we both did a "WHAT did you just SAY??!!" our jaws on the floor! Then of course my tears of joy took over ;) - We were in love!! Little Baby Barber - our first little BOY - OVERJOYED!! The u/s tech said, "some little boys are just SUPER excited to spread their legs and show all and this is definitely one of them!!!" we cracked up - OH BOY! ;) We also discovered that he is also quite the little acrobatic guy running and gunning in there moving all around! When the mid-wife was trying to record the heart beat with the doppler u/s she would catch him for a few seconds and then he would scurry to the other side of my abdomen before she could get her count- she would chase him down again and he would do the same thing again! - It was hilarious ;)
Well - we have a few photos to share from the u/s so enjoy!! On the second one you can see the little arrow is pointing out the "BOY INDICATING PARTS" he certainly wasn't camera shy! ;) On the first you can make out the basics of the facial structures on the right and the abdomen on the left....
SO, now we have been on the hunt for the "perfect" name for our little man!! It's been fun!!
So, that is the news for now - we LOVED the mid-wife that we met with - she was AMAZING and had an overall WONDERFUL experience at our first OFFICIAL appointment at the Birthing Center so that was VERY reassuring!! From here out, our appointments will be once a month and will follow the "centering" model of care which means that the first part of the appointment will be in private and one on one with a mid-wife and then the rest of the appointment will be a "group" appointment with 4-5 other parents that are due in April - it is a 2 hour appointment and by the time you have reached the end of your pregnancy you will have completed an entire birthing class within as well! At which point we will take the breastfeeding class and "birth in a nutshell" review course! I am really excited about this concept :)
We are now trying to finish editing our baby registry lists and trying to finalize the nursery bedding set so that we can pick a color from the scheme to paint the nursery and really get things READY!!!
So much love to all and BIG THANKS for all of your prayers and support - we appreciate it more than we can say!!! xoxoxo
Jessica and Bradley