Dear Crissy

The official gender reveal!

I’ve been openly discussing the gender of our new baby on Twitter and Facebook for a week, however, I know that there are probably some folks who missed the gender announcement!

So, while I won’t make you read the whole story to get in on the big gender reveal, you should!

That said… we are having a little….


Girl Ultrasound Photo

I honestly have no idea what I’m looking at here, but they tell me it spells girl. Boy ultrasounds are so much easier to read!

The long, frustrating backstory

On August 2nd, I happily visited my OB for the mid-pregnancy anatomy scan. You know, the BIG ULTRASOUND, the one where you are supposed to walk out knowing if you’re having a little boy, or a little girl? Well, my husband and I walked out happy with the knowledge that baby looked healthy, however, his or her legs were crossed, obstructing a good read on the gender.

What we didn’t mention to anyone except my parents, was that while the ultrasound tech said repeatedly that she really couldn’t get a clear shot, she thought that maybe, just maybe, it was a girl. She even printed a photo showing what she thought was the vagina, and she typed “GIRL BABY” on the image. She then said she was 60% sure that it was a girl based on this quick glimpse, and said she would try again in a MONTH. SIXTY PERCENT? That’s not much better than what I could gleam from a coin flip!

I also couldn’t help but think about how funny it was going to be if the baby was a boy, and we had this “GIRL BABY” ultrasound photo to tease him with when he was old enough to face a little friendly family ridicule.

I was pretty disappointed. The next day I made some calls around Columbus to see if I could get an appointment at a 3d/4d elective ultrasound boutique. I was surprised to find that they are all far busier than what they were in 2009, and most places told me they were booked up for over a month! I was finally able to get an appointment last Monday at First Expressions in Columbus, and my dad volunteered to drive me up for the appointment (couldn’t risk another lost day of work for my husband.)

A second chance for baby to cooperate

As the ultrasound began, once again, I felt like I might be walking out of an office with zero satisfaction. The technician said that baby was breech, legs were crossed, and also that I have and anterior placenta which was going to affect the overall quality of 3d/4d images. Great! Then, she told me that she was pretty sure which gender our baby was, and she called in one of the other technicians to see if she could coax baby into a better position.

The second tech said that she could very easily see what we were having, and she blurted out, “I am 150% sure that this is a little GIRL! No question, this is a little girl.” Of course, my response was, “Are you sure?” Ha! I was reassured again, and again, that this is most certainly an ornery little girl baby!

I would have been absolutely thrilled with a boy, or a girl, but, it was definitely exciting to find out. A girl! What a change… I am so accustomed to BOY!

I mean, I have already started buying adorable little baby girl things, just look at these Hello Kitty Newborn BabyLegs. UGH!

Hello Kitty BabyLegs

Moms of girls, what can I expect?

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  1. Jana — August 16, 2011 @ 10:52 am (#)

    We are having a girl too! So excited!!!!!


  2. Meghan @JaMonkey — August 16, 2011 @ 10:52 am (#)

    I knew it!!!


  3. Meghan @JaMonkey — August 16, 2011 @ 10:55 am (#)

    You can expect to go broke, And we didn’t do the girly girl thing with my daughter, she did it on her own. I was trying to keep her away from the wearing a dress everyday but it came. She is 3 and refuses to where anything not pink or purple. Little girls are fun though. So much fun!


  4. Denise LeBegue — August 16, 2011 @ 11:01 am (#)

    I have one of each. My son is a week older than Evan and very much “all boy”, just like Evan. My daughter is 19 YEARS old. I am constantly amazed at how alike and how different my children are. Girls are definitely less-destructive, though I wouldn’t necessarily say less active. And my son changes his clothes multiple times a day just because he can do it himself – so no differences there. Oh, you will be happy to know that girls will actually pose for pictures. Other than that they are both wonderful, both special, and every one of them is unique. So happy for you (and glad I guessed right!). Congratulations!


  5. JulieD — August 16, 2011 @ 11:07 am (#)

    Congratulations again!!! I love Hello Kitty btw. :)


  6. Mimi — August 16, 2011 @ 11:11 am (#)

    My first two were girls and they’re so fun. Oh my gosh, you’re gonna have so much fun!


  7. Melissa — August 16, 2011 @ 11:12 am (#)


    At 18 weeks we were told we were having a boy. We went all out buying boy stuff. At 22 and 24 weeks we were told we were having a girl (I had to get frequent U/S because of low amniotic fluid). I couldn’t believe it. 26, 28 and 30 weeks? All boy! My poor son! ;-)

    We have a bunch of U/S pictures saying girl!


  8. Rose Powell — August 16, 2011 @ 11:19 am (#)

    How very exciting for you Crissy! Congratulations, little girls are so much fun!!!!


  9. Kay M — August 16, 2011 @ 11:21 am (#)

    Oh, Crissy, I am so happy for you! Little girls are so much fun! Hairbows, and ribbons, and tutus, and pink, SO MUCH PINK!!! The toys are different, the attitudes are the same, but about different things. Girls are more detailed. Boys are so ‘outside’. Take care though…my youngest girl was so much like my boys it was ridiculous. Such a tomboy. Every child is different, just like….themselves. Take them that way and enjoy every minute is the only advice I would give.


  10. christina — August 16, 2011 @ 11:24 am (#)

    What can you expect? lots and lots and lots of pink, frilly crap but i guess you’re okay with that! ;D


  11. MSRheinlander — August 16, 2011 @ 11:25 am (#)

    Congrats!! I only have one child… a girl and just wait for the natural drama to come in!! I think someone is giving Alex drama lessons : ) I was told that girls are way more emotional and dramatic and didn’t think anything about it until now when Alex can talk and walk and it is so funny watching her!! Hopefully we will get a boy next time!! Congrats again!! I am sure she is going to melt your heart!!


  12. Kiran @ — August 16, 2011 @ 11:27 am (#)

    Yay!! Congrats to you and the family! I somehow, guessed “SHE” :)


  13. Adelina Priddis — August 16, 2011 @ 11:31 am (#)

    oh congrats!! Little girls are so much fun (I should know since I’ve got 3!). Really I can’t tell you what to expect differently, because I don’t know what it’s like to have a boy. Prepare to fall in love with pinks and purples, and dressing them up is always fun. Doing hair, etc. Girls are a joy.


  14. Amanda Alvarado — August 16, 2011 @ 11:44 am (#)

    Whining and lots of it! LOL But they cuddle more and givemore kisses!


  15. Laurie — August 16, 2011 @ 11:49 am (#)

    My daughter’s legs were crossed during our big ultrasound too!! So we weren’t able to find out if she was a girl or boy until she was born. I was devastated!! My son on the other hand was spread-eagle, lol. I don’t really have any advice on having a girl, but in my own experience, my daughter was 10x’s easier (my son wouldn’t let anyone BUT me hold him).


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you are beautiful. hope to see you soon!