We are so excited to announce baby #2 is a girl and poor Brent is beyond outnumbered in this house! I thought it would be fun to share about how we found out another little girl was on her way.
We have always known we would find out the gender of our child/ren. I am far too much of a planner to go 40 weeks without knowing! With our first born we found out at 11 1/2 weeks through physician ordered genetic testing. We didn’t have any family history of genetic abnormalities, but because of our Infertility history we needed reassurance before we announced we were expecting to the world at 13 weeks.
Fast forward to finding out we were pregnant a second time, I knew I didn’t want to go to the extreme measures of genetic testing because I didn’t feel the anxiety I felt the first time around and there is an out of pocket cost for testing. So we opted to use an independent company, Sneak Peek, who solely test for gender at a far more reasonable price than genetic testing. Sneak Peek claims you can test as early as 9 weeks. I hadn’t yet had a dating ultrasound and was basing my gestational age on my presumed ovulation date. Based on this date, I ended up mailing back my home blood collection kit two days shy of 9 weeks. When we got the results I was ecstatic because I envisioned Addy having a sister only 21 months younger from the beginning of pregnancy. Then doubt crept in and I questioned the validity because it was collected early. Therefore, we chose not to share the news until we had confirmation at our 20 week anatomy scan. Our scan was still just as exciting and we’re thrilled the test was correct. In hindsight, I would probably not do the Sneak Peek test again based on the difficulty of collecting the blood sample. Any sort of male contamination can give false boy results, so ensuring your collection area is as clean as possible is crucial. The test was just more of a headache than a help and I’d pay the extra amount next time for a physician ordered and collected test.
As far as names for this little girl go, it’s really been a struggle for us. We obviously picked our most favorite girl name the first time around and it has taken almost 20 weeks for us to agree upon 3 potential names that are subject to change before my due date, November 18. We love going into the birth opened minded with options and meeting the baby before giving them a concrete name. That definitely doesn’t mean we don’t have a favorite name, but seeing, holding and hearing our baby cry really solidifies our name selection.
As far as a nursery goes, it has been a work in progress since getting the Sneak Peek results. I haven’t made too many gender specific decisions aside from the crib and painting the accent wall pink (would easily have been changeable if it were actually a boy). I’m hoping to have it finished in the next few weeks.
Thank you all for sharing in this excitement with us!
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