Then, yesterday, I went to my official mid-pregnancy ultrasound at my doctor's office. After carefully measuring the heart, brain, kidneys, lungs, arms, legs, and several other body parts, it was determined that our baby is healthy and all looks great! But then, when she asked if we wanted to know the gender, a funny thing happened. She happily declared that we were having a girl. Um, what?! I was having a boy. Where did he go? It seems that our first results weren't as accurate as we would have liked, but this second set of pictures, taken with better equipment and at a later stage in the pregnancy, should prove to be much more reliable. So, now we're adjusting to having a second daughter join the family in a few months. And, we're trying to teach Emily that it's no longer a baby brother in mommy's tummy. So far, that hasn't been successful. She's a little confused, and to be honest, so am I! But we're happy, ecstatic even, that our baby girl is healthy and growing. Here are a few pictures!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Adventures in Pregnancy
I'm now just about 21 weeks pregnant with baby Plantinga #2, and in contrast to my first pregnancy, for the most part this one seems to be flying by. Now that the morning sickness and exhaustion have passed, sometimes I even forget that I'm pregnant! That is, until I try to squeeze into a space I normally could and realize my expanding belly won't let me. Eric and I decided to find out the gender of our second child because we're terrible at waiting, and because it seemed practical to know if we needed to stock up on blue the second time around. Between 16 and 17 weeks, we had a nurse on Eric's floor who used to work as an ultrasound technician give me a quick exam. This revealed that we were going to be the parents of a little baby boy! We were excited to hear the news, and also to know that everything seemed to be developing normally.