Our ultrasound appointment was scheduled for my 30th birthday (otherwise known as the BEST day ever) so you can imagine how hard it was for us to sleep the night before. For the appointment, it was very important to us that our parents be present, so my mom and Grace and George joined us that afternoon. We were doing ok that morning and really didn’t get nervous until right before the appointment. This was a good thing because I felt like my heart was going to beat right out of my chest as we headed in. The room was super comfortable; it had a place for everyone to sit and a big TV screen where we could all see the baby.
The appointment started with some routine stuff that the tech needed to check out before getting to the good pics. Our technician was really great about explaining what she was looking at and why it was important. Our parents were in such disbelief as they looked at our little bean on the monitor. They asked lots of questions and were just bursting with excitement. My mom placed her order for a little girl before we even conceived so she was busy studying the TV from the moment we got started :)
About 20 minutes into the appointment my mom squealed and asked “is that a little girl part I just saw.” The technician then looked at us and asked if we wanted to know the sex of the baby. We of course said YES! She then proceeded to tell us that we were having a GIRL! I feel like the announcement was followed by a good 5 seconds of silence as we all let the news soak in. This was then followed by cheers of excitement by our parents, lots of hugging and a flood of tears from me. Georgia was so convinced that we were having a boy that she immediately asked, “are you sure it’s a girl?” Our technician was such a good sport she actually checked the sex of the baby 3 times from 3 different angles! Yup, still a girl. It was so wonderful to have both of our mamas there to meet Grace Elizabeth. We did after all name her after both of them!
During the appointment the tech told us that everything looked great with the baby and that based on her size she was closer to 18 weeks, 5 days rather than 19 weeks, 2 days. She said that this will likely change so for now we’re sticking with our 3/20 due date. Because Gracie was measuring less than 19 weeks, we will be heading back to the doc in about 2 weeks to get some clearer pictures. Our technician told us that they don’t usually do the ultrasound until week 20+ and that she wants to get better pictures for us when the baby is further developed. This was fine by us, the more often we get to see Gracie the better :)
*Although we’re in week 20 and I’m still playing catch-up, I didn’t want to leave out week 18!
Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and weighs almost 7 ounces. She’s busy flexing her arms and legs – movements that you’ll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. Her blood vessels are visible through her thick skin, and her ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from her head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she’s born. Her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place.
I know what you must be thinking - she already has her lady parts?! I know… crazy :)
We have had the name Grace Elizabeth picked out for years. We’ve wondered what she would look like and when we would meet her. We’ve had endless talks about what kind of person little Gracie would be and we feel so incredibly blessed that in 5 short months she will actually be here with us.
God is good.