...that's what little girls are made of.
We're having a girl! And everything--from her brain to her heart to her kidneys to her femur--looks great! When our doctor had made her 70% guess three weeks ago, she thought that the baby was a girl...but it's nice to have the confirmation.
I finally convinced myself this morning, long before going into the appointment, that everything was going to be fine. I got the worries out of me in plenty of time to enjoy the show (which didn't last nearly as long as I would have liked, but even just the shortest glimpse of our baby girl is fabulous for me). Unlike our Ultrascreen when she was totally asleep (thus resulting in a long viewing), it's as if she was a perfect model this time, and was super accommodating to the ultrasound technician. She was showing off everything, as if on cue.
We had a quick appointment with my doctor afterward, and she confirmed that the fainting was "normal" at this stage, and confirmed that I was doing the right thing in guzzling water. She also agreed that the shooting pains I experienced were probably round ligament pain--again, totally normal at this stage. She is impressed with all of the measurements from the ultrasound, and says that we're right on track. So I'll see her (and our baby girl) again in three weeks. Yeah...three weeks instead of two. I kind of figured that I was setting myself up for a three-week rotation when I agreed to it last time. But I got through these last three weeks, and now that the baby is moving more noticeably (I feel very confident that I felt her totally kicking away last night during LOST), I know I can make it another three weeks again.
After the appointment, we did a little bit of shopping. I finally bought a belly band, and am impressed with it so far (I slipped it on in the car in the parking lot). Then I bought some clothes for my niece for her birthday...and I admit that I admired and dreamed of purchasing some of the items for our own little girl in a couple of years. We also looked at baby furniture--just to get ideas and price things out.
And for anyone who has followed our journey and remembers my story about the pennies, how cool is this? Throughout the afternoon, I found $0.23! I know that seems so insignificant (and it's certainly not going to pay for the furniture I liked), but if you think about it...that's five coins! Ever since my mom told me about finding pennies, I've been keeping my eyes peeled for them (or any form of money). I'm lucky if I find one per week...but I found five today--three pennies, and two dimes. Like I said...how cool is that?
Today's blessing was seeing our baby girl, and being able to share the experience with my husband. I'm overwhelmed by God's goodness in blessing us with a healthy pregnancy and baby girl. I truly am blessed.