Weeks pregnant: 21
Baby size in vegetables: Carrot (all these new emojis and no carrot)
Today Mr O and I went to the hospital for our twenty week(ish) anomaly scan. This is where they check that the baby is growing as normal, that all the organs and extremities are correctly developing and that the blood flow to the baby is strong. It’s also where you can find out the gender of your baby if you want to.
I have to admit that in the first trimester of my pregnancy I was kind of reluctant to find out. I had this idea of having a grand surprise and of potentially subverting really gender specific clothing, etc from the start. Mr O always wanted to know. However as soon as I started feeling our baby move it (see how I maintain the tension) became much more real to me and I felt a bond forming that is hard to describe. This only became more intense when little flutters and squirms turned into proper kicks a couple of weeks ago – ones that are so fierce that Mr O can feel them on the outside and we can see my belly moving. And that bond made me want to know everything about the little person that’s busy forming inside me. Plus it’s weird to keep referring to the baby as “it”.
So for those of you who are eager for me to get to the point and come out with it… Little O is a… BOY person – a very healthy little boy person who is developing and growing exactly as expected. He is also a very lively and somewhat stubborn little boy person who would not lie still when the sonographer was trying to measure him and refused to move when she wanted to get a different angle. He mostly showed his defiance by sucking his thumb when she wanted to look at his face and playing with his toes when she wanted to look at his feet. I think he gets that from both parents. His nose he definitely gets from his father.
Now the name wars can rage on with just a little bit more focus…