we had our ultrasound today and baby #2 is a girl!!! the tech couldn't get her to open her legs, she had her thighs pressed together and legs crossed at the knees for the whole ultrasound. i was so bummed thinking the baby's gender would remain a mystery! but then the doctor came in and looked again and she finally opened her legs for us and there were the obvious 3 little lines! yay!!!
unfortunately, there were some issues with the ultrasound. but they are all issues that could resolve themselves and not pose a problem, so that's what we are praying for! first, they saw cysts on her brain. second, she had a "bright" bowel. the cysts can be "normal" if they go away on their own in the next few weeks. i will have a follow up ultrasound in 4 weeks to check. the bright bowel can be due to baby being exposed to one of a few different viruses (i had bloodwork today to test for those) or a marker for downs syndrome. my screening was already "elevated risk" for downs, so that finding on ultrasound elevates the risk further, but it is still estimated at just 3%. so, we are choosing to focus on the fact that we have a 97% chance of having a baby without downs! and we do not want to risk an amnio, so we just won't really know until after the birth. of course, i wanted to hear that everything was perfect. it's been hard to call our family with the happy news about having a girl, and then have to answer the followup question "did everything look healthy?"
but i can honestly say i am not worried. i am just elated to be having another baby that we never thought we'd have. and i can't wait to start shopping for little baby girl clothes!