Saturday

baby gender

All of a sudden, I am extremely eager to find out our baby's gender. If he/she cooperates for the ultrasound technician, we'll find out on April 2, which is pretty soon, but seems a long way off.

For months, I wasn't that interested in finding out the sex. I even toyed with the idea of NOT finding out (which Jon never would have gone for. He can't wait to find out.). But until all the first and early second trimester screening tests came back with good results, I felt like worrying about the baby's gender was somewhat superfluous.

Yesterday I got the results of my AFP TEST, and they were excellent, basically the best the results could be. That was the last of this sort of screening testing I will be doing.

In my first trimester, I chose to forego the more invasive CVS TESTING in favor of the newer FIRST TRIMESTER SCREENING test. The results were excellent for that test as well. Basically, on all the testing, my results for various genetic defects were assessed to be far lower than the statistical average risk for women my age (39).

So now all this testing is done and I feel like I can really relax and assume things are well. I know there are many problems a baby can have beyond these most common genetic problems, but I feel really good about the pregnancy and baby; I think everything is good.

And with that sense of calm has come this sudden desire to REALLY, REALLY want to know the baby's gender.

I am guessing boy, though I am generally wrong.

What's your guess?

6 comments:

georgia said...

So glad all of your tests are coming back with excellent results. Waiting for the results has to be one of the most scary, thought-provoking, unsettling times ever.

Hmm. Guess the gender? Jon has nieces, right? I may go with a girl.

Anonymous said...

The old wives tale:
If you gained a huge Butt, it is a girl, if you're all belly in the front it’s a boy.

Anonymous said...

I did CVS and I really regret having done so (although no harm came to my fetus from the test). First, because of my insurance the samples had to be flown to a company in CA for analysis so by the time I received the results the main reason for doing the test (earlier time frame) was a mute point. Because the results showed a "normal female" the company stated they would not guarantee they were fetal cells (i.e. it could be my own cells they cultured) so they suggested a back-up amniocentesis. I guess it was a true first lesson in *parenting*--that there really are no guarantees and that in so many ways it is just a leap of faith into an amazing unknown. I hope to have another child and I plan to do the test you did (this was only offered to me as a second trimester--20 week--screening).

Anonymous said...

GURL!Nice for Jane to have a little sister...

Catherine K. said...

I'm thinking girl too. I don't know why. But thats my vote.

Anonymous said...

maybe it'll be a hermaphrodite...