A Baby

Yesterday was my first doctor’s appointment (yes, I didn’t go in until I was over 19 weeks along. Blah, blah, blah, insurance, boring fiscal year baloney, etc).

The good news about waiting until you are 19 weeks along – besides the opportunity to give the nurse a scathing look behind her back when she asks if you’ve already had a positive pregnancy test (I’ll see your positive pregnancy test and raise you 6 weeks of nausea and 3 weeks of kicks in the stomach) – is that you get an ultrasound on the very first visit.

And not just any ultrasound.

THE ultrasound.

And, after confirming that our baby had four heart chambers and two kidneys and the requisite number of arms and legs, the ultrasound tech announced that this baby is a . . . .

(oh, a giant blank? Try highlighting that blank space – I don’t want to make it TOO easy). 

I may possibly have burst into tears when she told me, I was so happy. With Ella, I didn’t feel like I had a strong preference for a boy or a girl, but this time, I was really hoping that it would be a girl.  

(My favorite thing the ultrasound tech said to me was, “Okay, I’m going to turn it on 3D now. Your baby will look weird. Don’t freak out.”)

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  • Reply Kimberly F. July 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Congratulations! Little sisters are the best.

  • Reply preethi July 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    HOORAY!!! So thrilled for you!

  • Reply Tina's Blog July 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Yay! Congratulations! I know exactly what you mean….I didn't have any strong preference for my first child, either (which was a girl), but I so wanted a girl (which I had) the second time. As you know, sisters are so much fun!

  • Reply Kelly J. July 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Congrats! So happy for you and your family!

  • Reply lacie tidwell July 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    YAY!! I had a feeling you'd be having a girl- I just did- haha- so excited for you!! Ella will be a great big sister!! sisters (As you know) are AWESOME!!

  • Reply Amy July 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    That's exactly how I felt when they told me Bradley was a boy. I wanted another boy so much. So I'm definitely happy for you and your second girl!

  • Reply Erica July 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Yay! Having sister close in age (as you know) is the best!

  • Reply Merrick July 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    HOOOOORAYYYYY!!!! (I couldn't get all my enthusiasm out in the very quiet doctors office yesterday, so I have to do it somewhere!)

    I'm so excited that we're both having the same gender the second time around! How lucky for our first two to have a built in best friend, just like we had!

  • Reply Lisa July 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Another girl!! I'm so excited for you.

  • Reply Katie July 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Congratulations! It will be so fun for Ella to have a sister.

  • Reply Creole Wisdom July 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Hooray! Another baby girl 🙂 how sweet!

  • Reply RA July 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    EEEE! So exciting!! Now, let us all sing the sisters song from White Christmas!

  • Reply Kristy July 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Yay! So exciting! Congrats to Ella on the little seester!

  • Reply emandtrev July 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    So thrilled for you! Congratulations and welcome to the multiple girls club. I quite like it. 🙂

  • Reply Saskia July 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    So exciting! As one of three girls myself, I quite approve.

  • Reply Sheyenne July 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Hooray for little girls! Also, hooray for the cool highlight the word thingy. That was awesome!

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  • Reply Karina July 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Awesome. I, too, loved the highlighting thing. Fun! So exciting. We love girls!!!

  • Reply The Liddells July 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Congratulations! Girls are so much fun! And you already have everything you need for a girl, so that's always a plus!

  • Reply Andrea Smith July 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Yay! Such exciting news! I hope I get to meet her one day! We miss you guys!

  • Reply lifeofadoctorswife July 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    SISTERS!!!! Oh how wonderful! Congratulations to you and Bart and Ella!

  • Reply Jess July 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Oh, such great news! SISTERS! How wonderful! Congratulations!

  • Reply Jillian July 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I have to admit, I got teary eyed for you! Congratulations!!

  • Reply Miriam July 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I think this must be a genetic thing in our family 🙂 Congratulations!!!

  • Reply Amber July 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    That is so exciting! Congrats! 🙂

  • Reply Rachel July 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Yay!! So fun for Ella to have a little sister. I'm thrilled for you!

  • Reply Emily Kate July 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Yay!! SO happy for you! That will be so special for Ella. I've always said that the next time around I want a boy so I can have one of each. And I do want a boy sometime but lately I'm hoping the next one (whenever it arrives) is a girl so Addie can have a sister close in age!

  • Reply Lindsay July 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    That's very exciting for you! Congratulations! I'm sure Ella will love having a little sister too!

    Also, I didn't go into the doctor until I was nearly 19 weeks too… partly because of insurance and partly because I just couldn't decide on a doctor I wanted to see. AND since I've done the pregnant thing a few times, I could tell if anything was seriously wrong as I'm sure you would have too.

  • Reply Grace Marie July 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Yay!!! How exciting!! Ella will be the cutest big sister!

    And from a boring and practical standpoint I'm a smidge jealous you can reuse her clothes!!

  • Reply jpetroroy July 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Wooohoo!! I hope we can have a play date SOMETIME 🙂

  • Reply Lexilooo July 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm


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  • Reply Carly July 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Happy! I loved being one of three girls in a row. Something so great about sisters!

  • Reply Brit July 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Oh how exciting Janssen!!! Merrick with two boys and you with two girls – what a blast! I am so happy for you.

  • Reply Packrat July 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Having another baby of the same sex can make living less expensive (at least for the time being). Teasing aside, the best part is that the baby is okay. Congratulations to you and Bart.

  • Reply Elizabeth July 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    This is very exciting! A girl! She's going to be the cutest, too, if Ella is any indication.

  • Reply r o y a l July 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Best. Post. Ever. I totally want my second kid to be the same gender as my first one… If I have a say.

    And that highlighting thing made my day. I might have to steal that one in the future.

  • Reply Cami and Juan July 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I can't stop thinking about how adorable Ella is going to be with her! You will have so much fun with your 2 girls!

  • Reply Bethany Jackman July 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    That is the BEST news! Another little beauty! Congratulations!!!

  • Reply Melinda July 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Congratulations!!!! I'm so happy when the Mama is happy and is able to enjoy the baby!
    And since you care…I reeeeaaalllly bad wanted a boy the first time (and got him!) and with the second I didn't care about gender but I reeeaaallllyyy wanted a healthy baby (after a few VERY tense weeks of thinking we had lost the baby) and I got a healthy baby girl!

  • Reply Elsha July 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Sisters!! Congratulations! I love having sisters. I'm still hoping Kalena will get one someday.

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  • Reply megan July 11, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    wow! I can't believe you are that far already. That is awesome!! Congrats on a sister for Ella!

  • Reply Sherry July 12, 2012 at 12:55 am

    But the real question is did the baby look weird in 3D?

  • Reply Katie July 12, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Congratulations! That is fun news. I hope that one day my daughter can have a little sister, or brother. She's asking for one on a daily basis.

  • Reply kristen July 12, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Oh yay! I think you know how I feel about two little sisters. Love love.

  • Reply Angela Noelle July 12, 2012 at 6:50 am

    This serves to deepen our connection, clearly.

  • Reply Ash July 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Yay! I have 3 sisters so I was kind of hoping it was a girl myself. (Not that it's weird that I had a gender preference for YOUR baby, right? 🙂

  • Reply caitlinjacobs July 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Hooray! How exciting! I don't have any kids yet but girls seem like they would be such fun. 😉

  • Reply Chrissie July 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    How very exciting, congratulations!

  • Reply Amanda July 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    A sister, how fun! I have an older brother and I always wished there had been a third kid so I could have a sister. My older brother and his friends were a pain. We have a boy and a girl and for our third (!!!) I'm hoping it's another girl…..if only so I can live out my adolescent dream through them.

  • Reply Court B July 13, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Congratulations! This makes me feel better about not having gone to the doctor yet. I am 11 weeks along with my third, but my husband is switching jobs so I'm waiting until the new insurance kicks in which will be about another month. I hope I get to find out the gender on the first visit, too! Love your blog! Right up my alley!

  • Reply alisonwonderland July 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Congratulations! I come from a family of all girls so I'm kinda partial to girls! Though, of course, I also love my third child who is a boy. 🙂

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