Yesterday was a long, tiring day.
The amnio went fine, but I have to tell you, I am not in a hurry to ever have one of those again. Though I was prepared for it, it still really discombobulated me.
The genetic counselor that talks to you before the event was really nice. She did a little family tree with us, and told me that she felt we were not any higher risk for any problems than anyone else in our age group having children.
The usual routine is that they do this in depth sonogram, measuring every aspect of the baby, and then they do the amnio, and then you get to leave. Well, the MD specialist had to leave early that day, and the sonographers were all busy, so I ended up having the amnio, first.
Yes, it hurt. Not a big torturous hurt or anything. A different kind of "hurt". Pressure, in a path all the way down my abdomen. The needle stays in for less than a minute, but it felt like hours. And I had my arm over my eyes and a death grip on MM's hand the entire time.
Then, when that was done, I was all happy, thinking, now the sonogram, thats cake, and we get to watch baby acrobatics again!
Lets call the sono tech lady Ursula, shall we? She looked innocent enough, long brown wispy hair, and braces, spoke with a lispth because of them.
She used that sonogram paddle like she was giving me, and the baby a deep tissue massage! Damn! At times I thought she was going to be measuring my spine pressed into the chair, not the baby! I'd flinch or gasp and she'd say "well, sorry. but I have to press hard".
So she goes about her business, and we get to see the face, brain, heart, bones, lots of various things. And then, she uses a little arrow pointer, and says "There you go, I am 95% sure its a boy".
So there you have it. Ursula scared the child into showing his junk. And we're having a boy :).
My reaction was laughter. And MM? Looked kind of stunned. You see, we really thought it was a girl. 90% of our people thought it was a girl. I am beyond thrilled to be having a son, though. I honestly had no preference, and I think having a boy will be great fun. Plus, it creates a nice balance to the house, gender wise.
Now, though, we are totally name shopping. We are starting to narrow things down, but we are still in discussions.....