Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Sweet baby GIRL!

We just did an ultrasound scan, and were told that we're having a baby girl (as you understood, of course, from this post's header :o))! It was very detailed, 3D, so we had the chance to see our adorable baby from every angle: her heart; her brain; her legs, arms, and tiny feet, hands and fingers... and her movement! She was turning from side to side, stretching her limbs, and even sucking both her tiny thumbs at once! What a miracle. But the most amazing part of this experience was seeing her face. She's a sweet, beautiful baby girl.

The little treasure weighs approximately 400 gr, or 14 ounces, at this point. My husband and I are over the moon with joy.

Most importantly, it looks like everything is fine and the baby is healthy. I think now is a safe moment to tell you a bit about the anxiety my husband and I had to go through in the past weeks.

You might remember that some time ago, I told you we decided we aren't going to be scared into an excessive amount of expensive prenatal tests. I still did fetal protein test, though, because it could be easily and inexpensively done along with my routine blood work in the local clinic. The results came back suspicious, which had us directed to a detailed scan, focusing on the baby's brain and spinal cord. We were also advised to do amniocentesis, to which we flatly refused - because our baby is too precious to take any risks, and because her life is sacred and the very thought of "termination" in case something seems to be "abnormal", is horrible and twisted in our eyes.

So, my husband and I had to wait for the scan for a few weeks - during this time, we prayed and hoped everything is fine with our precious baby. Today's very long and detailed scan showed that all seems to be going just as it should be. We realize, of course, that our baby's health - as well as ours, or anyone's - is in the hands of nobody but the Lord; but at least there's no reason for additional concern.

I plan to continue enjoying this lovely time. I have such a beautiful treasured gift tucked away in my tummy, and I love every minute of holding her close and feeling her grow. Many blessings to all the Moms and Moms-to-be out there!

57 comments:

Heather said...

Anna~

Congrats!! I am so happy things are going well and that you were able to see that your little girl is just fine. I pray that your pregnancy continues to go smoothly and with no complications.

God Bless
Heather

Marianne said...

Congratulations, Anna. As a new(ish) mom, it's so exciting to go through this journey with you!

Sheri said...

Oh Anna, congratulations!!! I will continue to keep you, your husband, and precious baby girl in my prayers!

USAincognito said...

Congratulations!!! :) Now you can have fun decorating for her arrival!! :)

Mrs. Rabe said...

Anna,

A girl! How precious! I am so pleased that everything is going well, and that she is healthy and growing strong!

As a mother of 4 daughters (and 2 sons0, I know the delight of daughters. Enjoy!

Michelle Potter said...

Of course, the silver lining to that worry is that you got to see even more of your darling baby in the ultrasound!

Congratulations on having a girl! Eldest daughters run in our family (that is to say, the eldest is usually a daughter) and then it's usually all boys after that. (Boys are great, too!) I only got more daughters by being persistent, LOL.

Tracy said...

I know so... many people who have had either suspicious or false positive AFPs. I never had one for that very reason. Glad that your little girl is healthy and growing well. Ultrasounds are an amazing tool!

elena rulli said...

Congratulations and tons of happiness to the three of you!!!

Aimee Kieffer, aka "Momzoo" said...

I had 4 daughters right in a row, and they are such a joy! I love little girls they do and say the sweetest things!

p.s. out last little one was a boy, they are a riot too ;-)

Lady-in-the-Making said...

A daughter! Oh, congratulations! I just love how my little girl is growing into my dearest friend! Congratulations again! I'm so glad your baby is healthy.

theresa said...

Delurking to say congratulations!! {{{HUGS}}}

Bailey said...

Oh, congratulations!! I, too, am anxiously praying and awaiting. ;)

tales_from_the_crib said...

Congratulations on your healthy baby girl!
We found out last Friday at our u/s that we will also be having a girl in January...so of course I'm now elbows deep in pink yarns and knitting in my spare time.
Blessings and Love!

Thia said...

Huzzah! I am thankful that your fears can be laid to rest. Congrats on the girl!

Aelwyn said...

What a blessing! Aren't the 3D ultra-sounds terrific? When we had ours, it even looked like our daughter was smiling. We sent that one out to every email address we could think of.

Because I was in my late 30's when I was pregnant, a lot of tests were suggested for me as well. My husband and I only opted for ultra-sound. We would never consider "terminating" our child, but there is a sense that one would like to prepare oneself for special needs as well.

What a joy it is to be able to see our children in this manner.

Miss Amy Smarty said...

How wonderful! Do you have any names picked out yet? Congrats!

Mrs. Anna T said...

Amy: we have a name picked out already, but won't reveal it just yet ;-)

Terry, Ornament of His Grace said...

Congrats! Girls are a delight. And the baby clothes are cute, too. Of course you may remember that we have 6 girls so I'm biased.

I am also glad to hear that your pregnancy is going well and that your little one is healthy.

Luvs2BMommy said...

Blessings, Blessings, Blessings! Blessings to you and your family and Blessings are what little sweet daughters are!

Congrats Anna, be sure to rest a lot now :) Oh, ribbons and lace and bows and flowers and dresses and sweet hair to brush!

Oh, Congrats!

Many Blessings :)
Ace

Diana said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you and am glad your little sweetie is ok. Little girls are wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Anna!!!!!

-Rachelle PW

Bethany Hudson said...

Congratulations. My husband and I were both over the moon the first time we saw our little girl via ultrasound! We were so convinced I was having a boy though. In fact, if it hadn't been for the 6 or so ultrasounds that I needed after that first one, I would have thought they got it wrong and I WAS having a boy (carried out front, great skin, really energetic, etc--all signs of a boy!). But, now. Our precious little girl is definitely girly! Congratulations! Now, we can gush about our baby girls together, and later on maybe trade hairstyling tips :-P

Prayers for your little one's health. I wouldn't worry too much, though. Those scans are always "finding" something that isn't there. They thought my baby would be too small with all the latest and best technology--I gave birth to an 8lb 1 oz gal, and I'm only 5'2'' and 130lbs when I was 9 months pregnant! Plus, they thought there was some serious kidney problem at one point. Nope. She was fine. *sigh* I know that the new technologies are a Godsend when they really do find something that needs to be treated, but seriously, with all the false positives out there, I sometimes wonder if we're not getting more than we bargained for.

~Bethany

Andrea said...

Anna, what an utter joy! Aren't those 3D ultrasounds amazing? My cousin had one done for her little girl, and baby Ella "in person" looks exactly like she did on the screen-- it's pretty fantastic!

I believe you mentioned that there is a naming tradition in your husband's family, didn't you? You said this meant that your first son and daughter's names were pretty much already decided. If you decide to share I will be interested to know what your daughter will be called!

Much love (and excitement!)

Andrea

lady jane said...

Rejoicing with you and your dear husband, Anna! A wee little girl, what a delight. :o)

Karen said...

Congratulations! Baby girls are awesome. I've got 3 myself lol. I wouldn't be worried about the blood test, those things are notoriously unreliable!

Jordin said...

Congratulations, Anna! Girls are so sweet! I felt sure I was having a girl, but our ultrasound left us with NO doubt it was a boy. ;)

Elizabeth said...

*Shriek!* I am soooooo happy for you and Mr T, Anna! :) How wonderful ... a little girl! Little girls are beatiful and precious. Maybe I'm a LITTLE biased ... but not much! :) Now I can start planning something very special for your little girl! :) *Hug!*

Kacie said...

Yay for your healthy little girl! It won't be much longer until we can "meet" her. Hooray!

Neuropoet said...

Congratulations, Anna!!! A baby girl, how wonderful!! Now you get to play with little girl names until you find just the right one for your daughter... I'm so happy for you both!!

Peace and blessings,
~Jenny

Anonymous said...

That is so exciting, Mrs. T.! I am the oldest and only girl in my family--I have six younger brothers. When I was born, my dad said, "Well, I guess we're having girls!"
We've laughed long about that. I am so happy for you.

Blessings,
HML

xoxo, Chloe said...

Oh that is so exciting! Congratulations.

Lillian the Ponderer said...

Oh Anna, congratulations, I love boys too, but baby girls are so much more fun to shop, sew, & knit for and then their hobbies are often like mine. Besides by God's grace you will have plenty of chances for boys too!

Lady M said...

Congratulations on expecting a wonderful baby girl! Not that all babies are not fun, but little girls are sooo much fun to shop for and dress, lol! Thankfully, my dd (almost 10) still loves to dress in a feminine manner. I am in the midst of teaching myself to crochet and made a blanket & matching booties for the baby due in a month or so. Then to use up the yarn, I tried making some curly hair ties for my dd - it actually turned out and she was thrilled (I remembered my little sister wearing them when she was young girl). Oh so much fun! I must say that our 7 yr old son was impressed by what I had made, although had no use for it, lol!

Anonymous said...

Oh girls are FUN!!! How wonderful.

J in VA said...

As someone said above, the AFP or quadscreen does seem to have a high false positive rate. I'm so sorry for all the anxious moments you've had the last few weeks.

Sometimes I think US is the best tool because you can see and don't have to worry about the "unseen."

Congrats on your baby girl!!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! I remember how special it was when my ultrasound revealed that we were going to have a girl, my hubby was so excited. She's 16 1/2 now, it goes so fast. Enjoy this precious time.
I'm not against the various tests, my thought is that I would know what to be prepared for because I could never, ever terminate the precious gift God gave me. God bless you and your precious family.

Miss Rose Virginia Butler said...

Congratulations, Anna!!! I can't wait to hear any names you guys have in mind. And of course, we all expect thousands of pictures once the darling is born. ;)

Kat with a K said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! I'll be praying for both of your health.

Susan said...

A daughter! How wonderful! Many blessings to all 3 of you! So sorry you had to be on pins and needles for so long, but am so glad to learn that things are progessing as they should.

Rose said...

Wonderful news Anna!

Lauren Christine said...

I'm so thankful everything is well!!! Many blessings on you and the baby!

Samaria said...

Congratulations! I'm happy for both you and your husband. :)

Julia said...

Congratulations! A precious little girl is such a blessing.

Jaime said...

congratulations!! what exciting news!

Lady Violet said...

Congratulations on your little girl!! How sweet!!

Anonymous said...

Just dropping by to say I'm delighted to hear your news!

((hugs))
Brenda

Gombojav Tribe said...

I'm so glad that you are enjoying your pregnancy. I always do, too. It's such an amazing and blessed time. Now that those worries are dealt with....live it up! ENJOY! ENJOY! ENJOY!

And a belated CONGRATULATIONS!

Daja

PS Do you have a name picked out?

Candy said...

SO wonderful! Congratulations :)

Sammybunny said...

Congratulations! What a blessing...a sweet, little, baby girl!

Anonymous said...

Dearest Anna,

Congratulations!! So excited for you! A sweet little girl, how precious!

Praying for you, the baby and your husband,
W

Laura Brown said...

What wonderful news! Congratulations!

Nitchfield News said...

I can't resist saying - CONGRATULATIONS Anna! I stumbled across your blog through LAF, and had to smile at our similarities. I courted and was married to my wonderful husband in February, found out I was with child in April, and our little girl is supposed to arrive in Jan!

Grateful for God's goodness - GJ

Michelle said...

Congratulations! My, seems like everyone is having baby girls these days!
Glad everything is all-right.
If you would, please be in prayer for me - I have had some pre-labor signs the last couple days (I'm 38 weeks and 3 days). I greatly desire patience in the Lord's timing. Its hard to wait for my body to make up its mind what its doing!

Susan B said...

Anna,

Congratulations!! A daughter, how wonderful! As a mother of two beautiful daughters, I can't tell you how happy I am for you! I am also thankful that your precious little one is healthy. Bless you and your family.

Serena said...

Oh, congratulations!!!! I know first-hand how delightful girls are! You're going to have sooo much fun with your little daughter!

Kristy Howard said...

Congratulations, Anna... what a precious gift! We have TWO little girls and they are such a joy!

One of my favorite things about baby girls is dressing them in frilly things... I know you'll enjoy that too! If you want, email me your mailing address and I'll mail you some headband bows for your little one to wear when she arrives. (My email addy is jandkhoward@sbcglobal.net) I love making headbands for baby girls, and sharing them with new mommies is just TOO FUN!! :o)

Love, Kristy @ Homemaker's Cottage

Anonymous said...

Congratulations :)

It sounds like your ultrasound was clearer than ours was, but our ultrasound technician seemed to be able to tell what she was looking at and told us we were having a girl. We were none the less excited to welcome a little boy last week, but are at a bit of a loss what to do about the clothes, since we refuse to dress our son in pink or ruffles. At least the expensive items - the bed, car seat, and most of the cloth diapers - were bought with future children in mind and are gender-nutral :)