Today was THE big day.. we went for our 16 weeks scan and we could hardly wait. We got there early as usual, chatted with the nurses and waited for the doctor. They took my blood preassure which is always good, thank God, and weight which has not increased since my last weight check 3 weeks ago. I thought I was going to be so much more instead I am still the same. They made me do it twice just to make sure. The doctor said we shall see how things progress as we move along. She asked me if I felt the baby moving and I said that only once a couple of nights ago I felt butterflies in my uterus area and she said that it sounds like it might have been the baby moving. She reassured me that eventually I will feel it more and more.
We finally got around to the u/s.. my favourite part of them all. In no time our little Peanut appeared on the monitor looking so much bigger than last time. She measured the head and Peanut is measuring a week ahead which is good which according to the monitor would bring the due date to the 5th of October (just a day before our anniversary!!). We saw the hands and legs and the spine and ribs and the two sides of the brain. All looks exactly like it should look. Then D asked her if we could hear the heart beating. She first found the heart on the monitor and then in no time we heard it.. the most magical sound I have ever heard. I had tears flowing down my cheeks and D's eyes were tearing up too. It was an amazing sound. She said the heart was beating around 120-140 and that it sounded healthy and strong. I could have listened to it all day long.
Then the doctor asked us if we wanted to know as Peanut's private parts are well developed now. So she got to where she needed to look and said.."looks like you are having a GIRL!!" I screamed out loud.. "a GIRL??" All this time here I was thinking we are having a boy due to earlier u/s when things still looked like they could have gone one way or the other, and now we are having a GIRL. We never minded either way, we know we are super lucky and blessed to have a baby and that it does not matter as long as the baby is healthy and strong. I had a the biggest smile because yet again my instincts were so wrong. First I thought I was not pregnant and that my body let me down yet again, then I spent 4 months thinking we are having a boy and obsessing over boy's names, when it came so natural to come up with a girl's name, Isabella Anna. Life really has its own ways of surprising you in the most beautiful of ways.
I don't know what she is going to be like but what I know is that she is going to be a daddy's girl. Before we started TTC D has always said how much he would like a girl.. not as a first child or anything specific but just to have a girl. He has a brother and his cousins are all brothers so I knew he longed for a girl. She is truly going to be his sweetie pie.. For me it's different because I always thought I would have had a boy first and here I am pregnant with a girl and loving it. Then again I have never been a girly girl and yet since getting pregnant I started dressing more girly and in more colours that even D has noticed... I think Isabella is inspiring mommy to be more girly already!
What I do know is that it takes a super strong girl to make it to where Isabella is right now. She made it against all odds and she is the most amazing miracle of miracles... I am so blessed to be her mommy... (tears are starting piling up.. better go!)