Sandy's Surprise -- Gender Disappointment?

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This morning was easily one of the WORST as far as morning sickness goes! First, I didn't get to bed till 4 a.m. I just couldn't sleep and couldn't get comfortable. I felt alternately hungry, hot and nauseous. So I just drank some water and decided not to get any food.

Big mistake! I woke up this morning and I was absolutely famished. I went to the kitchen to get something and all the sudden my throat closed up. I knew I was going to puke so I ran to the bathroom. My stomach was empty, so not a lot came out and even after I was done, I kept dry heaving and gagging.

It was awful! I couldn't breathe and my heart was racing. I was getting really scared when I was finally able to get it under control! Needless to say, I am never ever doing that again! If I get hungry, I will eat no matter what!

The big hospital called me and set up an appointment for the nuchal translucency scan. It's on April 9 at 1 p.m. I am so excited to get to see bubs again! I am not really worried because the doctor said that our risk of Down's or other chromosomal abnormalities based on medical history is almost nil.

But I still would like to do this. If the baby is suspected to have Down's, we're going to want to do a lot of educating and reading up on it. We know next to nothing about it.

I've been reading that some places will give you an educated guess on what the baby's sex is during the NT scan. I hope that's true! That would be really cool! Apparently the sex organs are somewhat distinguishable at that age. Although, ours will be at 11 weeks and 5 days, so maybe not so much for us.

I bet it's more so at around 13 weeks. Tim doesn't want to know because he thinks it will make it really hard to keep it from his parents. We want to wait and tell them when we visit them in June.

I was reading an article about choosing the sex of your baby before you conceive to reduce "gender disappointment."I have to say, that made me sick to my stomach. Gender disappointment? I know whatever sex our baby is, and whatever he/she looks like, there is no way we would be disappointed. This is a little human being we created ourselves, and waited for so long!

I know people find themselves momentarily let down when they find out the sex at the U/S if they had their hearts set on one gender, and I can see how that might happen, especially if you've already had several children of the same sex.

But this article was talking about people who are "devastated" and find their dreams going down the pipe. Whatever. All I can say is, these people probably don't deserve to be parents. If you care *that* much about the sex of your baby, you're having one for all the wrong reasons. Okay, I'm off my soapbox now.

Today I was able to actually get out of the house! It was so nice! Yesterday I was sick as a dog and had to stay close to a bathroom at all times. So last night I took ½ a Unisom and I felt much better today.

I went shopping for some chocolate, then I went to a used bookstore and got Tim a funny book called "The Worst Case Scenario Survival Guide for Parents" and a book for myself.

Then I went and looked into a used baby items store. The store was called "Next to New" but it should've been called "Next to Crap." It was awful! The clothes were all really old and stained, and the toys all had scratches and dents. It was so nasty, I had to leave. I don't see how they can get very much business. A couple walked in right after me, took one look at the products, and turned around and walked out.

I've been shopping for some maternity clothes on Ebay now that we had our ultrasound. I was hesitant to buy anything before then because if something was wrong, it would really break my heart to get rid of all those things.

Yesterday my first win came in the mail -- a really cute dress from Motherhood! It feels SO much better on my boobs and belly than my old clothes! I can breathe a lot better, and nothing feels all squished!

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