If you have asked me what my preference is on the sex of my precious unborn, my not-so-secret wish is that Baby S will be a bouncing little boy. Not that I would be bummed about a little girl, but if you know me well, my fear is that my shopping problem would escalate into a full-blown obsession with one. There’s so much fluff associated with girls, and I don’t know if I could control myself. The other reason is, that I know my very guy’s guy, husband would love a boy and having one first would take away the pressure of producing one the second (or third) time around.
My husband and I opted for a Nuchal Translucency Screening Test during the first trimester. This test is designed to detect the risk of our baby having Down Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities as well as major congenital heart problems. There are two blood tests and an ultrasound associated with this screening. So at 12 weeks I got to see my little dude on the monitor again. The technician’s job was to measure the clear (translucent) space in the tissue at the back of the developing baby’s neck, but I couldn’t help asking wether she could tell if the baby was a boy or girl. She quickly scanned the appropriate area and said “it looks like a boy”, showed me what looked like a penis, snapped a picture and moved on. She sounded pretty confident, and what she showed me was convincing, but let’s just say we’re not painting the nursery blue yet!
What do you think?
My 19 week ultrasound is coming up the first week of December, I literally can’t wait! I hope this 12 week prediction is confirmed, but I know whatever the sex, this baby will be a welcomed addition to our little family.
The test results are in:
Down Syndrome chances are 1 in 98,000
Trisomy 18 chances are 1 in 1,500
GREAT RESULTS! Whew!