The bump chronicles #10: The big gender reveal: Little O is a…

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.


Fortunately I am only carrying one carrot… not a bunch

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…


  1. This is so lovely, have you thought of any names yet?

    1. abbiosbiston

      There are few on the go but we’re keeping quiet for now.

      1. I’m just so happy for you.

  2. Fun news! A boy….I’m happy he’s healthy and has two parents who adore him already. Congratulations.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thank you! We’re really excited!

  3. Yay! Congrats, Abbi! I just knew it would be a boy. I KNEW it. 😉 But, darn, I kind of wanted you to have to deal with Disney Princess movies… Lol. Have fun with the names! I had a spreadsheet & each name was scored & ranked. Seriously. Then I chose one not even on my enormous list. I found boys’ names much more difficult!

    1. abbiosbiston

      So many people have said the same. Maybe I give off a strong “boy mom” vibe. Can you imagine what my Disney Princess blogs would have been like? 😥

      1. Haha! They’d have been hilarious. 😉

  4. Congrats! Glad to hear about the healthy baby and happy parents-to-be. I can imagine the naming is a bit difficult. My parents really put me through it with my weird name so I think if I had a kid I’d do the same and probably just tell them it helps build character. 🙂

    1. abbiosbiston

      My name is relatively common in the UK but almost unheard of in South Africa and although I didn’t love it when I was growing up I am glad now for a more unique name. Mr O is less sold.

  5. I’ve always liked Eugene. 😉 And I could have sworn there was a carrot emoji! Glad to hear everything’s going smoothly!

    1. abbiosbiston

      Eugene has bad connotations in South Africa which is probably what puts me off.I also thought there was a carrot but I can’t find it now 😦

      1. A little reading and I can understand that.

    1. abbiosbiston


  6. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! Congratulations on a beautiful baby BOY coming, and he sure sounds like he is on a roll!

    Typical, emojis failing. Again.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thank you! He is a very lively little fella!

  7. congrats again abs and Mr. o! i knew as soon as i saw the carrot pic 🙂 was that subconscious?

    as long as the baby’s healthy, gender matters less because the world needs both 🙂

    1. abbiosbiston

      Hahaha! Maybe. I would have been very happy with a little girl as well, I just felt like it was a boy from day one.

  8. An active and healthy boy! So exciting! Love that profile shot. What a rebel, I hope he doesn’t give you guys grief when trying to photograph him outside the womb.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Aww thank you! If he is anything like his dad he’ll come out of the womb posing!

  9. jennypugh

    Yay, that’s so exciting, congratulations! That’s a lovely scan pic, it’s so clear 🙂

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