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Going through my mind the morning of, before SHOWTIME:

6am: Crap, gotta go pee. Try not to trip past the fireplace, make it to the bathroom. Go back to sleep.
8am: CRAP! Gotta go pee again! … Can’t go back to sleep. Wishing I could so that I could wake up again later, closer to show time!
8:05-8:30: Mess around on my iPhone, check email, Twitter, Facebook. Get a text from my mom that says something to the effect of “You’d better tell me today” hinting at the fact that she’d seen the details of my pink or blue party.
8:30: Get a call from my mother-in-law. She too was trying to get the details of our appointment. Nope, not this morning, I wish! Yes, it’s this afternoon, yes, I’ll call or text you as soon as I know!
9:00: Have conversation #20 about our thoughts on the day’s events. Make a plan to go exercise (him, not me… I stayed on my computer), get ready, go to the bank, go to the store, the post office (none of which actually happened). Talk about how he’s doesn’t care if it’s a boy or a girl and that I don’t either!!!… I just am ready to shop! … Make a plan to go to Babies R Us after the Ultrasound.
9:30-11:30: Goof around online, get on Twitter, answer work emails that can’t wait until Wednesday, start writing blog post drafts, ANYTHING to kill time. Wait… Did the clock just move BACKWARDS?! I think it did!!
Fast forward to 1:30 pm. We’re in the parking lot waiting to go in. I’m drinking orange juice and eating hash browns, my husband is downing a Quiznos sandwich. My stomach started to turn in knots as it always does before my appointments. I hadn’t really felt Spawnie kick all day and I was beginning to worry a little… I’m not sure why, it’s habit I guess.

When we went and checked in I took off my jacket and revealed my “Alien on Board” Tee from Speggwear. It’s one of the only maternity shirts I have so far and I enjoy showing it and my little bump off. I calmed down in the waiting room and tweeted my updates. After just a few minutes we were called into the ultrasound room.
It was dark, I’m not sure why but I didn’t expect that at first. The woman who greeted us was a nice lady, older, she seemed like she had been doing this awhile. I wanted to ask her how experienced she was but my courage went out the window as my nerves kicked in.
I laid on the table and got lathered up with jelly… Cold jelly. Then I fixed my eyes on the screen.
The first thing I noticed was Spawnie’s head. Spawnie was upside down in what looked like the most uncomfortable position. Chin to chest, head stuck in a corner near my bladder. I saw its head, torso and legs. But no arms.
The tech was pointing out Spawnie’s head and “nice spinal cord” “great heart” but WHERE WERE ITS ARMS?! I was overcome with nervousness, all this time I’d been worried about my child’s gender, praying for good health, yes… But now I was starting at what appeared to be my armless baby and limbs immediately became the only thing that mattered. My eyes began to water as I thought about this. Perhaps it was my punishment for calling my baby Alien Spawn for so long.
As the tech moved the wand around my belly different body parts began to focus. Spawnie’s femur bones and… Wait… Yes, ARMS! And hands, and fingers! I counted five fingers on each of Spawnie’s little fists!! I silently thanked the Lord.
The tech moved around explaining each body part and all I could do was smile and nod. When she hovered over Spawnie’s bum, sticking straight up, I was looking for boy parts. I had studied about 50 ultrasound gender-determining pictures on About.com the night before and was sure I’d be able to decipher between a boy and a girl if the position was right. I saw three white lines, and no turtle head when the tech asked us if we wanted to know what it was. We both said “yes” (I knowing I couldn’t wait another second) and she told us it was a baby girl! A very… Non-shy girl! I was so shocked, surprised and completely excited. I turned to my husband who had an elated look on his face. He gave a fist-pump showing his excitement. I cried after realizing we were really having a baby girl.
My OB later examined the photos and said it was a very obvious girl!
I knew it! It was my gut instinct from the beginning and my husband’s all along. I think he also wanted it to be a girl just so she would prove Intelligender wrong. I was mentally preparing myself for a boy but I’m so happy to be having a little girl! SO HAPPY!
Seeing her on that screen made yesterday undoubtedly one of the best days of my life! I can’t wait to meet my little girl… Our daughter!

(horrible picture I know! I don’t have a scanner so gotta go to Kinkos!)

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  1. Congratulations! I was here for your chat reveal but I got disconnected from it when you were still giving things away before you actually told us what gender your baby was, I think you were on maternity wear at the time. Anyway, it wouldn’t let me reconnect. Drats! So of course I had to come back by to find out if it was a boy or girl! I guessed boy, well I got to be wrong once in awhile about something….don’t tell my husband. πŸ™‚ Congratulations!

  2. Congrats! When I was pregnant with my daughter people would always say “a girl is a good first baby”. I thought that sounded so stupid. But after having a mild mannered girl and then two rambunctious boys, I understand fully what those people meant. So I’ll say it to you: A girl is a good first baby! LOL

  3. I see a little nose and lips there in the profile! So cute! Girls have so much to choose from. There’s dresses and skirts and pants..There’s pinks and purples and soft baby blues..Theres bows and ribbons and lace..I love it. And we get to do princess themed parties! I love that too. All my son wants is monsters and dirt. I’m prett sure when my 3 month old gets to talking, he’ll wants monsters and dirt too. I’m holding onto the tiny girl stage where I can dress her in whatever I want for as long as I can.

    By the way, I love Carters for baby clothes. They always have great sales, and they havet he cutest clothes!

  4. Congratulations! I signed onto your video thing today for a few minutes and was so excited to hear you say “my daughter” πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for the posts about all of the stuff you’re going to buy! And what was the decision on bedding?

  5. OMG That’s great! I thought it would be a boy, but really exciting whatever it would be, and girls are so amazing too. Your post made me feel as I was reading a suspense novel, love how you write. Thanks a lot for sharing. Best of luck. Have fun shopping! Yay!

  6. Congrats!!! Little girls are so much fun! My sister just had a boy in November and she always complains about how there are SO many more girl clothes than boy clothes. Have fun with your little princess!

  7. CONGRATS!!!! I seriously just relived the day we found out the gender of our baby. Honestly, our days pretty much went the same from the trips to the bathroom to my husband’s reaction. He wanted a girl so badly, mostly because our daughter was the first girl born to his side of the family in 30 years!!! In the beginning I wanted a boy but his strong desire for a girl made me want that too. Did you get lots of shopping done for your little angel? That was our plan after our big reveal but we had to quickly change those plans after some stupid lady backed into our car…it was the worst ending to an otherwise perfect day. I’m so happy for you both!!

  8. Congratulations! Your appointment sounds so much like mine was. Fiance and I were wolfing down sandwiches in the parking lot the day of our gender ultrasound.
    Girls are ADORABLE. (boys are too but girls have more clothing choices) I’m sure she’ll be beautiful!

  9. Your daughter is a lucky girl to have a mom like you for a role model. No wonder your husband was so excited. He obviously loves you very much! Congratulations on your happiness. Looking forward to meeting her. Now as for names…

  10. Congrats again, girl! Your chat yesterday was SO FUN — even though I didn’t win anything πŸ˜‰ You are so cute and that little angel is going to be ADORABLE!

  11. I’m so happy for you. Reading your story reminds me so much when I found out I was having a girl. I know how you’re feeling! You’re on could nine! You are going to have THE BEST time with your little girl!

    My must have girl items:

    -tutu
    -hair clippies and headbands (headbands for newborn, clippies for when she gets hair)
    -RuffleButts
    -shoes, lots of shoes
    -a doll baby
    -knitted beanies with gigantic flowers on them
    -a faux fur coat
    -dresses! you can’t ever have to many of these

    This should get you started. LOL

    Congrats again!

  12. Awesome! I thought it was a girl…you will go broke buying everything cute you come across, but she will look adorable all the time! ;oP

    My best, Lynn
    *have fun shopping!

  13. OMG!!! Congrats and welcome to Team Pink. I was thinking it was a girl for you b/c I too thought my first was a boy and lo and behold I have a beautiful daughter. Girls are so much fun and their clothes are hella cute!

  14. Yay, first I was right!!! Lol. Second, yay fr you. Girls are so much fun!!!! Congrats to you and daddy! Can’t wait to start seeing all the pictures of everything we know your going to buy πŸ˜‰

  15. Little girls are the best. They have the cutest stuff, and are just so sweet. I enjoy my daughter so much! I really enjoyed reading this post, it took me back to when we found out our Nellie was a girl. CONGRATULATIONS, and welcome to the Pink Team!

  16. Sweet! The day I found out my son was a SON and not a daughter, I was mentally preparing myself for receiving the news that it was going to be a GIRL. That had been my feeling…but he was a HE and I think that no matter what gender you are having, it’s going to be the best fit for your family :)So you having a daughter is going to be the perfect addition to your lil family, and snoop will have a little princess to fuss over! ( AND THINK OF ALL THE DISNEY PRINCESS MOVIES YOU CAN WATCH TOGETHER!!!!)

    Congratulations!

  17. Ooh, congrats!!! Welcome to Team Pink!!!! There are SO many baby girls on the way this year. I am LOVING all the little baby girl outfits that my MIL bought for my little girl. Happy shopping!!!

  18. I really had a great time on the chat yesterday. Thank you again for sharing this wonderful news with us. GIRL is awesome! Now you can both shop till you get enough. :)!

  19. Congratulations…that is so exciting!! I am 23 weeks along and we found out that we are also having a girl. I too can’t wait to start shopping for all things pink :)!

  20. congrats!! a girl! so fun. our ultrasound is tomorrow, so i enjoyed reading your play by play of the day. i don’t know how i’ll make it to 3:45 tomorrow afternoon.

  21. WOW how exciting!!!! I love my little boy but can’t wait for a little girl someday!! CONGRATS and please: GO CRAZY on clothes and accessories!!!

  22. Congratulations!!! Oh now you can start decorating your DAUGHTERS room; buying bows, ballet flats, ruffles, pink, purple, pink, yellow, pink, aqua, pink; more pink;}
    I am really happy for you and your husband;}

    And now onto names….. she can’t be spawnie anymore!!!!

  23. YES!!!! WOO HOO. I am so excited for you and hubby. Long time coming for the bump, now the bump is a girl bump. Praise God. I just know she’ll be healthy and gorgeous (look at mom and dad).

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Hello! I just wanted to say hi and CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I’m a new follower of yours and I love your blog. It’s really inspirational to me who considers herself a future mom too! Although you’ll be a mom way before I will!

  25. I had to prepare myself for a boy, too. Now that I have a son, I think I could have another. I also still want a baby girl. So, now I think I could have a surprise baby and find out day of his/her birth!

    Why is it that we had to mentally perpare ourself for boys? Ha!

  26. Sorry I missed your reveal party. I blame it on the pregnancy hormones erasing what semblence of a memory I have left.

    So happy for you!!

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