Game Changer

20 Sep

Hey folks!  Hope everyone had a good weekend and has been enjoying the cooler weather as much as I have!  I’ll get right to the point because, well frankly, there’s just no other way I can think of to relay such crazy news…

Remember about 6 weeks ago when I spent the morning baking ‘surprise’ cupcakes- half pink and half blue- for our families to bite into after we found out the sex of Baby T?  And if you remember correctly, we had them bite into the blue ones…

Just in case you needed a reminder 🙂

Well, long story short…They misread that ultrasound and WE’RE HAVING A GIRL!!!  Yep, that’s right.  I went in for my routine ultrasound this past Friday- at 21 weeks and 2 days- and after taking all the necessary measurements and saying that all was well with Baby T (BAZINGA!), the tech got really quiet before finally saying ‘Sweetie, there’s nothing there!’ and pointing between the legs.  This was followed, of course, by some (OK, alot of!) disbelief and tears on my part (and my mom’s, who went with me since my JT is still in Hawaii), as well as some further confirmation on the tech’s part.  Then I made her say the words just so I could hear them out loud for myself, ‘You’re having a girl!’ And yes, I got it on video for the daddy-to-be, too.  🙂

I know what you’re thinking: ‘How the heck does this happen?!’  Yeah, just imagine being me during those few minutes! Ha! Obviously, the next item on the agenda was to return to the other office- the one that had obviously screwed up royally back in September!- to get an explanation.  Luckily (for them!), they got me back in within just a few hours- and this time, the ultrasound was done by the owner of the business!  Sure enough, definitely a girl!

So what happened?  It’s hard to say, really.  No one seems to know exactly what that original ultrasound tech saw as ‘male.’  For starters, the angle she was using apparently wasn’t ideal for early gender determination and it’s likely that what she saw was actually either umbilical cord or the tip of a foot (?)…What really threw our regular tech- and us!- for a loop was that it’s virtually unheard of to have an error in this ‘direction.’  In other words, it’s much more likely for a baby boy to be ‘mislabeled’ as a baby girl since he just may not have enough to see early on!  Leave it to us to go against the norm…

Needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind of a weekend trying to wrap our brains around this game changer.  My mom asked me on the way home that afternoon, ‘So how do you feel about all of this?’ and my first response was ‘I honestly don’t know.’  Part of me- and of John, our parents, our grandparents- couldn’t help but feel a little sense of ‘loss,’ if that makes sense.  I don’t know how to explain it, really, other than to say that we all thought we were having a ‘son’ and all of a sudden, ‘he’ was gone.  It just felt ‘odd,’ you know? But within just a few hours, it was like a ray of sunshine, at least for me…I had had several dreams- both before we originally found out the gender and since- that all revolved around baby girls.  Two significant ones for me: My pup, Betsy, came to me in a dream (yes, I wholeheartedly believe in ‘that stuff’) the night before the original ultrasound and I woke up telling John, ‘I just know it’s a girl.’  Then, two nights before we left for Hawaii, I had another dream, only this time it was our regular ultrasound tech telling me that the other folks had misread it and it was actually a girl.  I told my mom about this dream- prefaced, of course with ‘Wanna hear something funny?’- the next day during our regular 4 miler- at which we both got a good chuckle since ‘those kind of mistakes just don’t happen.’  As you might suspect, the first thing I told her after hearing the ‘news’ on Friday was ‘I’m SO glad I told you about my dream.’

So…we’ve had a few days to settle in to this new game plan and we’re so excited!  The idea of having a little girl is just so thrilling for both of us.  By the end of Friday night, even John had gone from talking about ‘our daughter being a Cowboys player’ to ‘our daughter being a Cowboys cheerleader!’  Men 😉  Thankfully, we’ve done the nursery just as we would’ve regardless of the sex, so it will be staying the same.  🙂 (And don’t worry, I’ll definitely being doing a whole nursery post with pictures just as soon as it’s done, which should be very soon!)  Of course, the name that we had chosen- and had been using for nearly a month!- will be changing, but we’ve just about narrowed that one down again and should have a new one any day now- our goal being the perfect combo of new and vintage, feminine and sentimental, and definitely fun.  🙂  (Of course, I will keep you posted on that one, too!)  John gets home this weekend- FINALLY- just in time to get back in the swing of things before our Baby BBQ a week from Saturday!

Just to sum it up…We were excited to be parents to Baby Boy T and now we’re excited to be parents to Baby Girl T.  Yes, it definitely causes some minor hiccups, but in the end, isn’t that what makes life so sweet?  John and I have already thought to ourselves, ‘One day, our daughter will get a real kick out of all of this chaos she was part of before even making her debut!’  For us, it’s proof: she’s bound to be quirky…just like her parents. 🙂

The best gift we've gotten so far...My dad fully restored, by hand, my vintage childhood tricycle as a surprise for me...to be perfect for his first grandson. Now we're just going to add hot pink flame decals and some handlebar tassels. 🙂 Seriously though, it's beautiful.

Me, on the same tricycle, in 1983. You can't really tell from the picture, but it's fire engine red with white details. Since then, it's lived in my dad's shop. And today, it's a gorgeous metallic blue, chrome and black...and living in our nursery.

4 Responses to “Game Changer”

  1. PJ LePine September 21, 2011 at 4:19 AM #

    Dear John and Erin- We are just as excited to hear Baby Thomas is a GIRL! You are blessed to experience this wonderful event. PJ & Glenn

    • Erin T. September 21, 2011 at 4:55 AM #

      Thank you!! Can you believe it?! Having just spent a little time with Liberty, I can already tell that we’re going to LOVE it! Can’t wait to see you guys next weekend!

  2. Debbie Barbaree September 20, 2011 at 4:31 AM #

    I love it…no matter how you look at it, “you’re having a BABY”! Congratulations, be it pink or blue!!! What a story to tell in years to come 🙂

    • Erin T. September 21, 2011 at 4:56 AM #

      Yes, we are most certainly having a baby! And need to just learn to roll with all these punches! Ha! Hope you see you and Jim at the BBQ!

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