Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Baby B: Gender & Name Reveal

So, you're probably thinking, "What?! How do you already know the gender??" Well, we normally wouldn't have found out our baby's gender until about 18/19 weeks, but we ended up doing a first trimester screen. (A first trimester screen is a sonogram and blood test that tests the baby for chromosomal abnormalities such as down syndrome, among others. It's highly recommended for those that are high risk, but it's also 100% covered under our insurance, so we decided, why not? Also, it's a chance to see a sonogram of your baby up on a 50-inch TV and they can often determine the sex of the baby.)

Baby B at 12/13 weeks

We were a little weary because we've heard a few stories of doctors getting the gender wrong in the first trimester screen (because it's just so early), but after seeing it for ourselves (our little sweetie was doing spread eagles for the sonogram camera - maybe the only time you ever want your child to be posing its bidness for a camera...), we feel pretty confident in the doctor's proclamation.

Baby Benson is a ....... BOY!!!! 

I'll respect his privacy and not post the "money shot," but it pretty much speaks for itself. Neither of us could believe it when the doctor told us (probably because we were both thinking it was a girl all along), but we just could not be more excited. I'd been pretty non-emotional throughout the pregnancy thus far, but I was happy-weeping the whole way out of the doctor's office.

The only problem was we had not chosen a name for a boy. If it was a girl, we had already decided on Harper Elizabeth, and should we ever be blessed with a daughter, that will likely be her name. But we were debating between two boy names - Connor and Ford. It took us a few weeks to decide, but we've ultimately decided on:

Connor Philip

We should also note that the first trimester screen came back and Connor appears to be very healthy, which is all we care about. Can't wait for our sweet boy to get here! And yes, we're holding off on painting the nursery until we have our follow-up "gender confirmation" sonogram appointment in three weeks.... :-)

And side note, you may not be able to tell in the picture, but these little baby boat shoes are so tiny. I think I cried for 5 minutes straight when I opened the box.


  1. Yay! Those baby shoes are sooo perfect. Can't wait for Connor Phillip to arrive. Isn't it so fun to put a name to the baby???

  2. Yes! We're so thrilled to call him by a name. :-)