It’s a Boy!!!

Posted on Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

We went for our anatomy ultrasound this past Thursday, to make sure everything was looking alright with baby #4. I ended up getting sent to a high risk pregnancy place because of my “advanced maternal age”, aka over 35. I am the ripe old age of 37 so that means… I am not sure what, but apparently something really scary, based on all the rigamarole.

They wanted me to consult a genetic “counselor”, I presume to discuss the risks of the baby having a birth defect. I tried to decline it over the phone but it was “standard office procedure” so I couldn’t decline til I was sitting in front of the counselor. Which I did, and she was very kind and understanding.

Maybe I am extra skeptical about assessing those risks because 1) it doesn’t matter what is “wrong” with my baby, I am still not going to abort said child because they are less than perfect, and 2) Ivy was supposedly going to be born with Down’s Syndrome, and she wasn’t. So clearly these tests don’t mean much anyway. I feel awful for the moms¬† who choose to abort a “defective” child and then it turns out that when the baby is aborted they are discovered to be absolutely perfect in every way. And I feel even worse for the babies who were not loved enough for who they are to be allowed to live. Sad all around.

Anyway, once I was able to decline the counseling, we all went into the ultrasound room. The tech asked if we wanted to know the sex of the baby and we were like, “Is the Pope Catholic??”¬† So the tech got right to work measuring limbs and blood flow and heart chambers. All in good working order, it appears, thank God. Not always a given, especially since we had problems in the first trimester that made us think this baby may not make it all the way through.

So our big surprise was that barely 30 seconds into the scan she casually, says, “It’s a boy.”


Just like that. BAM. It’s a boy.

I started laughing. I don’t know what was so funny, but I was just so delighted and amazed. We really thought it would be a girl, and we were quite happy with that too. But this was really beyond fantastic. I also may have had a couple of tears oozing out of my eyes from the sheer emotion of the moment.

Phillip was quite stunned as well and I think he is still trying to process the whole thing.

Ivy and Violet were not at all thrilled. Actually, Ivy was the one who really wasn’t happy but Violet takes her cue from Ivy. This was their reaction to the fact they are going to have a little brother.

This picture is SO going in the baby's photo album!

This picture is SO going in the baby’s photo album!

Phillip and I thought it was pretty hilarious. Ivy did not. She was angry that we’d caught a photo of her acting like that. But really, it was soooo funny to see them huddling together, hugging and comforting each other at this tragic news.

It turns out that she was jealous because she thought Phillip was going to want to spend all his time with the boy since HE’S a boy, and the baby is a boy, so Ivy would be odd man out. Since Phillip worked from home the first 2 years of Ivy’s life, they have a strong bond, and I think its safe to say that Phillip is Ivy’s favorite person.

The good news is that we have since talked her down from the ledge, and she understands that yes things will change, but that’s because there will be a new baby in the house. That would be true even if it were a girl, and the fact that its a boy doesn’t mean that her relationship with her dad will be any less important.

Violet, as I said, takes her cue from Ivy. After the initial shock she got over it pretty quick. It took Ivy until the evening to come around. Finally, she said, “I’m going to be a really good big sister, I’ll keep that little boy in line, because boys are trouble.” Ha!

Anyway, I am still sort of processing everything and looking forward to loading up with cute little “chap” clothes and accessories.

I can’t wait to see what he looks like at to meet him!

Maybe he’ll look like this?


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24 Responses to “It’s a Boy!!!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    He’ll be cuter than that ;)

  2. Laura says:

    Boys are not trouble, they’re just a special kind of fun :) (can you tell I would LOVE a boy?! lol) … Anyway, I’m excited about the news AND I’m super excited that Ivy has been talked off the ledge ;)

  3. iaia says:

    Rompiste la racha! My mom had girls,I had all girls, you had all girls…until now…and
    I’m going to have a
    Can you picture how mom, dad, and Marcela are receiving the news

  4. Edan says:

    Congratulations! The girls faces are just priceless and hilarious :)

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