It was a very busy weekend for me. It was a weekend full of many emotions. As I sit down to write this, I have to remind myself what day it is. My work schedule was a bit different last week, and then you toss in a couple days off for the holiday and it adds to the confusion.
I normally do not work Friday nights. Fridays are my days to do almost everything. I schedule all my appointments on Fridays, because I can get most everything done in the morning, and still be done in time to get the boys. This Friday, due to some miscommunications at work, I had to work. It was my weekend without my sons, so it wasn’t really an issue to work. What made Friday difficult was that we had scheduled an ultrasound for that night. I had also scheduled an appointment for therapy on Friday morning.
Thursday afternoon, my therapist called to see if I’d be available that night instead of Friday. Knowing that this would allow for sleep before work, I said yes. The plan was to come home, stay up all night and then sleep all day Friday until I had to get up early for the ultrasound. As we sat on the couch watching TV, it was obvious that Sam and I would be going to bed earlier than anticipated.
Friday morning, I rolled over and checked my phone. I had a text message from my boss at the radio station asking if I could come in and record the show for that afternoon because the regular gal was sick. I figured I could go in, record, and then be home in time for a quick nap. It ended up taking a little longer than expected and I got home around 1. At this point, I could still grab about 2 to 2 and a half hours sleep before I absolutely had to be up. I ended up lying in bed staring at the ceiling and my eyelids. I probably dozed for 20-30 minutes before I had to get up.
We scheduled this ultrasound a month ago. There is a place in Grand Blanc that does 3D ultrasounds and can tell a baby’s gender at 15 weeks. Sure, we could wait until 20 weeks for our OB to tell us, but we were very anxious to know. I got up, showered, and got ready for work. We had to drive two cars there because I needed to leave for work right after we were done.
Sam and I were very excited and full of anticipation as we went in to the ultrasound. We found out that the appointment before us didn’t show, so they were able to get us in earlier. The room was decorated almost like a child’s bedroom, with a big screen TV on the wall. The ultrasound machine was to the left of the bed. Sam got up onto the bed, and I took my seat on the stool to her right. They prepped her with that gel and we were under way.
It has only been a few weeks since the last ultrasound, but I was really amazed at how much bigger the baby was. Baby was VERY active Friday and seemed to keep flipping around as the tech tried to get good pictures. In one picture, we were able to see the baby’s foot. Then we were able to see the profile.
Then we were able to hear the baby’s heartbeat again. This is one of those wonderful sounds that I just love to hear.
The baby’s heart rate was 150. At the last ultrasound, the heart rate was 159-160. Our OB stated that if he had to guess, he’d say we were having a girl. Today, we’d find out if he was right.
As we watched the screen, the baby was moving arms and legs. The hand was up near the face, and the tech said that there may be some thumb sucking going on. For a short time, it did not look like the baby was going to cooperate and let us see anything. Finally, the tech was able to find the baby’s butt. At this angle, we could finally see…
Our baby is a girl! I do not have the ability to put into words the feelings I experienced at that moment. I remember looking back at Sam and seeing her face. Seeing her smile made the emotions even more overwhelming. Fighting back tears, I turned back to the screen to watch as the tech pointed out features on the ultrasound.
The tech could go from the regular ultrasound to the 3D pictures, and it was very cool to see. We will be going back later in the pregnancy to see more. They told us that at this young, it is a bit hard to see and that there were things that were still developing. This is a shot of our baby with her hand up near her face. It was very cool to see and I am excited to see her again in a few months.
After the ultrasound, they took a picture of Sam and I with a huge pink G, and an “It’s a Girl” sign. We walked out to our cars and we sat together in Sam’s. We looked again at the pictures and Sam suggested we call my brother. He has been such an amazing support and Sam wanted to hear his reaction. He was naturally very excited.
After I hung up, all I could think about was how going to work was the last thing I wanted to do. We had just found out we were having a baby girl and all I wanted to do was go home with my wife and hold her. I sucked it up and went to work. As I pulled out of the parking lot, I realized just how thankful I am for this amazing blessing.
We had hoped to go see my Dad and Rose Saturday night, but he told us they were not going to be home. I called him as I drove to work and asked if I could stop over after work because I had a couple things I wanted to show him. He said he’d be around. He started to ask about the ultrasound and stopped himself saying, “Oh, wait, that’s next week, right?” I lied and told him it was.
Sam said that she would meet me at work in the morning and then we could go together, if he was available. So I texted her and said he would be home, and she said she’d see me in the morning. Sam had bought some pink socks and a pink bow with the intention of using that as the way to tell him. When she got to my work, she told me she had left them on the counter back home (an hour away), so we had to stop at Meijer before we went to see him.
(We used the bow and shoes in our Facebook announcement)
We picked up a pink onesie that said “Baby Sister” and some pink and blue foil paper. I wrapped the onesie in alternating pink and blue layers and and we headed over to dad’s. He was surprised that Sam was with me. I told him I had lied about the ultrasound and that we were there to tell him whether he was having a grandson or granddaughter.
I recorded the whole thing on my phone. As he began to unwrap the onesie, Rose was saying “Pink! Pink!” as she watched. Dad first questioned why we used such good paper to wrap it up. Then he got a bit more frustrated with each layer (and alternating colors). When he finally saw the pink onesie, he jumped up and hugged on Sam. As he hugged me, he was wiping tears from his eyes. This, in itself, was pretty amazing to see. Sam had asked me in the car how I thought he’d react. I told her that he would be happy, but would probably keep his emotions under control. To see him shed tears, really made it more special for us.
My Aunt and Uncle moved to Florida after she retired. They have a summer home here in Michigan. We’ve been trying to get together with them for some time and we were finally able to find a day to do dinner. As an extra bonus, my cousin Melissa (who had been away at school in Wales for almost two years) was staying with them for the weekend and was able to join us.
What a wonderful time catching up with them! It didn’t seem like it, but it had been about 10 years since I last saw my cousin! This was the first time they had met Sam, and it was just so nice to have this time with them. I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen, as Sam has really had a hard time with morning sickness. The doctor gave her some meds to help, and they’ve been hit or miss. I was glad that Sam felt good enough to go to dinner and that I had time with my family.
After dinner, we drove to Sam’s grandma’s to tell her. She just celebrated her 90th birthday and she is very excited for us. She’s been wanting to know if it was a boy or girl since we found out she was pregnant! Sam’s aunt lives across the street, so Sam texted her and said that we were on our way to visit. When we walked in, Sam’s grandma looked at us and just said, “Well?!” It was priceless! She had guessed a girl right from the beginning, and she was very happy.
Sam had to work Sunday night. I didn’t. I let her sleep and I went to the radio station. I had to do her show since she was still sick. I also had some recording to do, which took most of the afternoon. I got home around 3pm and cut up fruit and prepared Sam’s lunch for work. She left around 5:30pm for work. I had called and asked my ex if I could see the boys for a couple hours Monday so we could tell them. She said I could.
I then had to figure out how to tell them. My idea was to do a scavenger hunt. I wasn’t sure what the weather was going to be like, so I made sure to keep all the clues inside the house. I spent most of the evening writing poems on index cards that would serve as clues. Once I had the clues done, I put them in envelopes and hid them throughout the house.
I took the “Baby Sister” onesie (which my dad sent home with us), and wrapped it up in layers of blue and green tissue paper and put it in a box. Hid the box in it’s appropriate place and was ready for the boys.
Even though I was tired, I couldn’t seem to fall asleep. I turned on this silly golf game I have on the X-Box and played a few rounds. One round I played I was 14 under par! LOL – if I could only play like that for real!!! After that, I fell asleep while texting Sam. I slept a few hours without my CPAP, so I didn’t really sleep well at all!
Telling the Boys
Sam called me on her way home. She was exhausted and had a really crappy night at work. I told her to try to sleep a bit, since I’d probably be about an hour before I had the boys back home.
When I picked up the boys, I asked if they wanted to eat breakfast first or if they wanted to know first. They each said they’d want breakfast first. I offered to make pancakes or waffles – they chose eggs. I said I had bacon and sausage – they wanted sausage. It was a pretty easy breakfast to make. While they ate, we talked about the first day of school, their teachers and what they were looking forward to.
After breakfast, I sat them down and told them about the scavenger hunt. They were both very excited about it. They each got the chance to read the clues out loud. With each clue, they got more and more excited. It was so fun to follow them around the house. When they read the final clue, which brought them right back to the kitchen where they had breakfast, they couldn’t believe it. On top of the box, was one more envelope. They both had to tell us what their guess was….
I was quite surprised that they both thought it was a girl.
When they opened the box, they unwrapped the onesie and when they saw it, they yelled in jubilation. Their reaction was more than I expected. Their happiness was so genuine.
They are excited and wanted to know if we had names picked out. We do – but that will remain secret until she is born.
We’re 16 weeks in ….and she will be here before we know it. I can’t wait!