I can't believe we have made it this far. I could barely sleep Thursday night, and then when I did manage to nod off, I had a schmuck-load of crazy dreams.
We decided to let LJ ditch school so that she could come to the appointment with us. We arrived 20 minutes early, hopeful that we would be able to get back with a tech before our actual appointment time seeing as I had another appointment scheduled exactly 1 hour after the ultrasound (not by choice). Well, no such luck. My appointment was at 10:30, and we weren't called back until 11:10.
The ultrasound tech wasn't the best, and didn't really try to get all the shots that we needed. It only took a minute to determine the gender, and then we quickly moved on to all of the other little things that they measure. When she was finished with the scan, she exited the room to consult with the doctor and make sure that the images were suitable. She came back, told me to go ahead and clean up and we were ready to go. Oh, and we'd have to come back. She wasn't able to get clear enough images of a few of the structures. "Which ones?" I asked. "Just the heart and brain" she said. Like it was no biggie. Sigh. I know that if it was something major that the Dr. wouldn't have let us go, and from what we could tell everything looked good. (The tech agreed. She said that coming back is really just a technicality.)
Honestly, I spent more time watching the look on LJ's face than I did the ultrasound. She was so excited. The experience is one that I will never forget. Every time the baby would move, LJ would either make a tiny squeaking noise or gasp. It was delightful. When she got dressed that morning she made sure to put on her "Girls Rule Everything" shirt, hoping to sway fate in that direction.
Well, apparently it worked. We are thrilled to welcome another little princess into our family in August. We are all very happy. I know that pretty much everyone IRL was hoping that we'd "get our boy", but honestly... this is lovely. I am not even slightly disappointed. I am beyond grateful that this baby is healthy, and just as happy that LJ gets a little sister.
Life is so good right now.