Sunday, September 7, 2008

Breakdancing Bamboo

Last Wednesday, Arianne & I went to our 2nd baby doctor appointment.  The nurse came in and put a microphone (?) up to Arianne's belly.  She had to poke around awhile, but we heard it: shwoom, shwoom, shwoom, mixed in with Bang! Biff! Pow!  The nurse explained that those regular shwooms we heard were the baby's healthy heartbeat.  The other noises were an active baby moving around.  

Then the nurse told us that there are lots of wives' tales about how to tell if the baby is a boy or girl (she really said "wise tales").  She said that in her experience the way to tell is to see how     active the baby is: 
  • active babies tend to be boys
  • calm babies tend to be girls.  
In other words, she was predicting that all of the bangs, biffs, and pows indicated we're having a boy.  But she wouldn't let us quote her on that!

Arianne asked if we could have another ultrasound.  Dr. Goff looked at his watch, checked his schedule, but then said he would do one.  Today's picture comes from that ultrasound.  We saw a growing, very active 8.9 cm baby!  This baby is moving a lot.  Unfortunately, when Dr. Goff took the picture, the baby turned his head the other way.  

So does this mean our active baby is a boy?  I told my Dad what the nurse said about active babies being boys.  Dad just laughed and said, "The nurse doesn't know how many active girls are in the Gillham family!"  So we'll see...

Keep praying for us!


Rachel said...

Yeah, Isaac was definitely more active than Carly for me. But since Carly was first, I thought she was pretty stinkin' active since I didn't have a reference point. Who knows?
I was also told (by ladies at church) with Carly that I would be having a boy because of the way I was "carrying". Well, she was not a boy and I carried Isaac pretty much the same way. So I don't think that was a very good predictor for me.
Keep enjoying the pregnancy ride.

NandL said...

Oooooh, I am so happy for you guys! I think I said that already, but it bears repeating... ;)

BOTH of mine were pretty active, Jessica more than I remember DJ being. It is different for everyone, I am sure. I love that comment by your dad!

Which are you wanting?

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Jason said...

Well we had a very active girl! Most nights around 11pm she went absolutely wild. will be interesting to find out what you are having! So exciting...