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gender reveal

During the first 10 weeks I had 2 dreams that baby B was a boy. I was nervous that I was showing a subconscious preference but also worried that I didn’t know my body or my baby at all and it was actually a girl. I had mixed emotions because I thought it was a boy and so desperately didn’t want to be wrong but I also didn’t want to consider that I’d be disappointed that it was a girl because of this. We knew we’d be thrilled either way. But my vivid dream kept reappearing in my head and every time I pictured our child it was the boy I had seen in my dream with his Dad’s olive skin and black hair.

We are lucky enough to have fantastic health insurance that paid for the cell-free DNA testing at 11 weeks. A simple blood test from my arm and we’d know of the 4 major chromosomal abnormalities and we’d know our child’s gender. The testing was supposed to take 7-10 days to come back but lo and behold, 5 days later my medical record app popped up with a “new test result” notification.

I was terrified to look, I really was. Nav (who was still at work) insisted that he wanted me to look at the test results first and then tell him myself, in person. So all by myself, I opened my medical chart app. Yes, that is how I found out my child’s gender – from an app on my phone. Ah, technology.

Pregnancy Announcement with Ultrasound

It’s a boy.

In other (more important) news, the genetic stuff the tests also checked out looked good. I’m also secretly happy that my first intuition as a Mom wasn’t wrong.

It’s worth noting that in order to make the moment more special (you know, when I opened the app on my phone), I waited until I was at the exact point of my walk home from work with the most beautiful view. So I’ll always remember that that is where I was standing when I found out the little life inside me was a boy. It seemed like a more momentous occasion that should be experienced somewhere other than standing in front of the clock out machine in the basement of the hospital I work in, you know?

I then had to keep the information to myself for hours until Nav got home from work. I even went to a Pure Barre class and managed not to tell a soul! Once I shared with Nav (privately at home), we Facetimed all of our parents and siblings.

Baby boy, we can’t wait to meet you. Archie hopes you are really messy and he’d like you to know that he’s a huge veggie fan and you can always feed them to him under the dinner table. We hope you always know that we want you to be exactly who you are. We’ll love you no matter what and we’ll make sure you know that every day.

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  • yay, so fun! I love that you waited until that specific part in your walk. I only have pregnancy dreams when I’m pregnant, so with my last pregnancy I had a dream a couple days before I found out was pregnant… so i fully believe in dreams like that.

    • I honestly haven’t had too many dreams but the one dream was so vivid. In my dream I was in the hospital after my son was born and it just felt so real to me. It was so hard to picture having a girl after that.

  • Awww yay!! When I opened this post, I immediately thought boy, too. 😉 LOL at Archie loving veggies… at least someone does. 😉

    • You were right. And I’ve yet to find something Archie doesn’t like. He loves watermelon, broccoli, even lettuce. He’s a weirdo but I figure if fruits and vegetables are good for humans, they’re good for dogs too (except the ones on the “bad for dogs” list).

  • Congratulations!!! I love that you will always have great memories of that point in your walk home. PS- Nov 9 is a great day to have a baby.. that happens to be my birthday 😉

    • I was hoping we’d get pregnant when we did because if we hadn’t, our sons birthday would have been too close to Christmas. November is perfect. And a bonus for me – I get to be on maternity leave through the holidays!

  • Christine at GVK

    Unexpectedly teared up at your note to your son. Thank you for wanting him to be exactly who he is. Wow, that is so beautiful. Congratulations and best of wishes for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

    • Aw thank you. I don’t know anything about parenting yet but I really mean that. I hope we raise a good human who knows how loved he is, always.

  • Stephanie Snyder

    Baby boys are so so so much fun! Especially with dogs in the family! I have a 2.5 year old son, and he and our pups have the sweetest relationship, especially when dinner time comes around. Congrats!

    • That’s one of the things I’m excited most about. It sounds silly but seeing my beloved dog as a big brother and then seeing their relationship is just going to be so special.

  • Yay! I actually guessed right. I knew with each of mine. I don’t know how, but I just did. Mommy intuition is real.

    • You were right! I wanted to trust my intuition but I just had a friend who had a baby and she swore up and down that it was a boy and at 20 weeks they found out she was a girl. So I didn’t quite trust myself.

  • It totally made me cry when you waited until the perfect view to look at the results, so you would always remember. I just love that. Congratulations! xo

    • Aw that’s too sweet. Thank you. It’s pretty cool that I walk by the same spot every day so that spot will always be special to me.

  • Aw, this is beautiful. And how cool that you could find out from an app. Technology rules. 🙂 Congratulations (from a boy mom of 2)! 🙂

    • Right? From an app! Crazy world. I have gotten all of my test results from my doctor via an app. I know that when I get the notification that there is a new test result that everything is okay and normal because they wouldn’t release the test results to me (to see in the app) if there was an issue. It’s pretty cool.

  • I guessed it was a boy, I don’t know why I just could picture you with a little baby boy (not that you wouldn’t be a great mom to a baby girl too). Congratulations again, you two are so cute and are going to make the best parents to your sweet little baby <3

    • I pictured me with a boy too. Maybe it’s because of Archie? haha

  • Brandi Patton

    Congrats!!!

  • Congratulations Nadine!! I am thrilled for you guys and can’t wait to see more updates!!

    • Thank you! Hopefully I don’t scare everyone away with too many pregnancy posts in the coming weeks/months.

      • Nah, everyone is so excited for you! Plus – I am so curious about pregnancies that I will definitely be tuning in!

  • Oh wow! Congrats!! I’m so happy for you guys on having a baby boy! I can’t wait to find out his name 🙂

    • Thank you! I promise you the name is nothing too weird haha

  • Same thing happened to me and my friend who just had a boy. The dreams tell all man! Congrats!

    • Right? I thought I was a crazy person but the first dream was so vivid. I was like looking at my child. From then on (7 weeks) I just always pictured the baby as a boy.

  • Congrats, lady! We’re having a little boy too. 🙂

    • Thank you! And congrats to you too! We’re so excited for our little boy.

  • Congratulations on having a healthy boy in there!! I like that you went somewhere with a great view to remember when you look back on when you found out. So sweet!

  • Every baby is a blessing, but I have a particular affinity for baby boys 😉 Welcome to the boy Mom club- it’s the best!!! 💙

  • Boy!! He’s going to be the most precious little guy – and a lucky dude too 🙂

  • so over the moon for you two!
    It would have been so hard for me to keep it a secret, even for a few hours!

  • So exciting!!!!!!! I’m unbelievably happy for you two!

  • Congrats!!!! Though I’m slightly disappointed I can’t suggest Lisa as your son’s name, haha.

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