I had my anatomy ultrasound this morning. I have said before that my husband and I are not finding out the gender of our newest little one until the birth. We loved that when Jeremy was in my womb — not knowing. It was so much more fun than knowing (we knew with Brianna). Much more fun! I’ll never forget when Rich told me in the OR that “it’s a Jeremy, it’s a boy”. That was priceless and the moment would have been robbed from us had we already known he is a boy.
I’ve heard people tell me “I could never do that” or “it’s still a surprise even if you know early” or “I am too type-A to not find out”. And other things too. Well, folks, I am no less type-A than the next person (probably more so), it is more of a surprise when you find out as the baby is born (and definitely more exciting), and yes you can do that (if you knew my level of impatience you would know that if I can do it anyone can).
But this time there is a spin.
When Jeremy was still inside of me Rich’s grandmother died. Before she died she was aware of what was happening. She could hear and communicate by tapping her fingers — once for yes, twice for no. She had an anuerism so she could not speak. My husband and his sister and other family members were able to talk to her over the phone to tell her goodbye. My husband, at the time, was the last male Reed in the family. There was nobody left to carry on the family name. Three months later, we had Jeremy. Now he is the last Reed. The name has been carried on. I wish we had been able to tell her, as she lay dying, that her great-grandson was on the way. That’s my only regret.
So I got smart. My mother-in-law can keep a secret. I mean to tell you the woman would go to her grave with a secret. She went with me to the ultrasound this morning. So the only people on this planet who know the gender of our baby are my mother-in-law and the ultrasound tech. That’s it.
And it’s fun to me. In about 20-ish more weeks we’ll all know what’s inside there kicking me all hours of the day and night. But for now, it’s a secret… even from me.
Have a lovely day!