I woke up this morning with much anticipation and anxiety, having to wait what seemed like all day for my appointments. Lily Mae and I enjoyed a nice lunch with Clark before heading to the first appointment, our ultrasound. They didn't take us on time (when do doctor's ever do that, anyway) which caused me a little more stress because it meant I was going to be late to my next appointment as well. Then when we finally got taken back to the room, I had a different technician than I was expecting, and she acted as if she hadn't even so much as glanced at my file before starting. She asked me things like if it was my first sonogram at the office (no, this is my third...) and why they tested for certain things like cervical length at my earlier appointments (um...preterm labor...). Anyway, she was not very friendly and did absolutely nothing to calm my shaky nerves. Things did get better though, thanks to Lily Mae's goofy personality - she cracked that grumpy technician with just one little giggle. Then it started being a nice time.
The tech really spent her time and looked at everything every carefully. I felt like she was doing a good job to ensure she didn't miss anything. All of Puggle's measurements were normal, all her bones and organs were developing healthily, and we got to see some cute waves and yawns from the little one. And you all know that good health was my number one concern, so I'm very relieved that all is well in there. I'm very thankful that God has chosen to knit together a healthy new child for us to take care of!
And now what you've all been waiting for.....drumroll please.......
It's a GIRL!! We were shocked!! We - and almost everyone we know - predicted a boy! This entire pregnancy has been the complete opposite of my first one. I feel pretty amazing and I hardly have any of the symptoms I had before. It's common belief (though not necessarily true) that pregnancies with girls are harder, and ones with boys are easier. So, naturally, I figured that's why this pregnancy was so drastically different. If I hadn't known better, I would have painted the room blue already; I was that sure. But it's a good thing I did know better, right?!
Just because we thought it was a boy doesn't mean we're disappointed that Puggle isn't one. We're very excited to give Lily Mae a little sister! Her name is...
Responses have all been so nice to the name we've chosen, but they've all been followed by the question, "So, is she going to go by a double name, too?" The answer very simply is no. Just Julee! Noel will remain a "proper" middle name. ;) "Julee" is obviously a spelling variation of Julie, the female version of Julius. Julius was the name of Clark's grandfather, with whom he had been very close. And Noel, as I'm sure you already know, means Christmas - in celebration and remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Here are some pictures of our ultrasound, and to be honest, the ones we got to take home I don't think were very good. I can't even really tell you what you're looking at. Your guess is as good as mine!
A profile shot (I think)
The "girl" money shot (I know because it's labeled. Heh.)
After the ultrasound we scooted on across the street to my midwife's office where were had a great, short, and sweet visit. I love the care I'm getting there! I got the a-okay from her and we were on our way. We went to Target and picked out a cute blanket for Julee (we had done the same the day of Lily Mae's ultrasound) and then had a yummy dinner at Olive Garden. Then later we went to Kohl's to spend a free $10 gift card (do you ever get those?? They're a.m.a.z.i.n.g. We've gotten like 10 of them over the years.) Lily Mae picked out a cute little newborn sleeper for her little sis, which I think is totally fine since she'll mostly be getting hand-me-downs (or as Clark thought it was - "hammy" downs). So here's my first born with her first gift for our little monkey-butt!
Tomorrow I'll be 20 weeks along, halfway there!! I'll post a belly picture and an update, but fortunately it should be pretty short since I've been so chatty here lately. :)
(I can't believe I'm going to have two girls a year and a half apart. Someone send help.)