This was appointment was probably the coolest part about the whole pregnancy so far. When Amy missed her period and she took the test and we found out she was pregnant, that was pretty cool, but still not real. The stick has a + or - and that's it. Then you see the doctor and he confirms it. You hear the heartbeat, but it's still foreign sounding.
For us, pregnancy has had that much of an effect. Amy has luckily avoided most of the normal and not so awesome signs of pregnancy - morning sickness, and the like.
But today felt very different. We went to the ultrasound room, the doctor rubbed the jelly on her belly, and just about everything we saw on the screen was immediately obvious. You could see the body, the hands and feet, legs, heartbeat, even brain formation. You could see the chambers of the heart, and the one thing my neurophysiology imparted unto me from last year was some knowledge of brain anatomy, so I was able to recognize ventricles and the cerebellum and other various parts from CT scans that I studied last year.
The doctor measured the head, the femur, and other parts, and everything is looking great. The baby is measuring to within two days of Amy's due date, so everything is right on track. Once he got down into the genital area the doctor was taking a noticeably long time determining parts down there. It was pretty apparent to Amy and I that the genitalia was an inny and not an outty, from not only the pictures, but how the doctor was looking for sure signs of what sex of child we were looking at.
It's a girl. We couldn't be happier. The first thing I thought was that we could have our own Lisa Johnson leading our family of children like in Amy's family, or have our own Katie that would be Amy's little clone, like she is to Lisa. It's awesome. It's fun just to know what our kid is going to be, and that everything is going so well.
It's also great because this means that the arranged marriage between ours and Dave and Caitlin's family is a "go" and it won't have to be delayed at all.