This week (17 Weeks 3 Days) we had a special “fun” ultrasound gender scan with our doctor. Daddy was supposed to deploy this Spring with his unit so our doctor told us he’d do a special scan just so that we could find out the sexes before he left. (Did I mention we ADORE our doc??) I haven’t been this anxious since waiting for our first ultrasound to see if we were having twins and praying like crazy that they were both still “sticking” around! Still NOTHING like waiting for the Beta test!!!! It was pretty exciting though knowing that it couldn’t end in bad news. 🙂 Once you’ve struggled with infertility you can’t help but get nervous before appointments and ultrasounds, but now that I have my trusty heart rate monitor and I’m starting to feel the babies throughout the day my worry has GREATLY decreased.
We arrived at the doctor’s office shortly before my 3:30 appt and the office was slammed! The sonographer is only there 1 day a week and they were closed the week of St. Patrick’s Day (love that it’s a holiday). We had to wait until almost 4 for the ultrasound and our nerves were killing us by the time we got called back! Haha Apparently the don’t know that I am the LEAST patient person on the planet and infertility only made it worse not better. After going through the routine and getting everything set up, our sonographer asked if we wanted the sexes listed in an envelope or if we wanted to know. We both were like “HECK NO! The patience is gone!” Haha It’s a good thing too, because our sweet “Baby A”, let us know about two seconds after she put the wand on my belly. No shyness whatsoever (takes after Daddy already)! Haha “Baby B” had to make things a bit more interesting (must take after Mommy) and was being a little shy and stubborn. Baby was hiding behind my belly button and I had to roll over to my side twice before we could get the right look. Definitely made for a fun story for later though!! Also, both babies are still looking great and their heartbeats were both at 156…nice and strong! 🙂 Doc ran the “quad screen” bloodwork to make sure that we’re not at risk for Down’s, etc. We already know that we don’t have to worry about any genetic diseases because we were tested prior to beginning our fertility procedures.
Since our families are so spread out (Maine/NY/NC/Florida) we couldn’t do a gender reveal party and have everyone there, so we decided to skype the grandparents, call everyone else (aunts/uncles/great grandparents) and then post a video to social media. Minus the fact that it took us WAY longer to accomplish this than expected, it worked out great! Our pictures are below.
We were so very excited to find out that Baby A: is a BOY!!!! And Baby B: is a GIRL!!!! We are being blessed with one of each!! 🙂 We couldn’t be more thrilled and it makes it that much more real and exciting to know the genders and put names to our sweet babies. 🙂 We picked out names 4 years ago when we were still engaged and Ryan was downrange on his first 12 month deployment. We went through a book called “1001 Questions to ask before you get married” (which I HIGHLY recommend to dating/engaged couples), and in the section discussing kids we got on the topic and fell in LOVE with these names. It’s still a little strange to be sharing our secret with the world. The names have come to mean SO very much more to us after our journey with infertility though and have truly learned to lean on God’s understanding and not on our own.
- Our “Baby A”: is Logan Connor Grim. It’s a Scottish/Irish name meaning wise. We chose Proverbs 3:5-6 for his verse, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make straight your paths.”
- Our “Baby B”: is Emma Riley Grim. Her name is English & Irish and it means whole and courageous. We chose Psalm 27:14 for her verse, “Wait on the Lord: Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”