We know that you have all been eagerly awaiting the news of whether we are having a baby boy or girl… And we are sorry to have kept you in suspense , but as you know, we are currently traveling around Thailand on a month-long vacation. If you simply CANNOT wait any longer, and you would rather know the big news now before reading the whole story of how we found out — then scroll to the bottom of this post to find out the answer now! If you can exercise restraint, then read along as we share our Bangkok hospital ultrasound experience with you.
On our first evening in Bangkok we decided that we would like to look into hospital options, and see where we could get an ultrasound done. Our guest house was extremely helpful, and they wrote down the name of a Christian Hospital which has English speaking doctors. The following morning we went to get some breakfast and searched the web for info on this, and other, hospitals and what a scan might cost. The lady in the travel section of that resturant told us that scans at private hospitals could costs up to 10,000 Baht! This was shocking news to us, as we had heard that having an ultrasound in Thailand would be relatively cheap (like China), and that they had very modern ultrasound machines (unlike China).
We found a couple of other options and walked around seeing what we could find out. A friendly travel agent called some hospitals and confirmed some other details for us, like which ones were closed on that day. When the clinics we were sent to were closed, or couldn’t help us, we made our way to “Mission Hospital” – the one recommended to us by our hotel.
From the moment we arrived at the hospital, it was clear that this experience would be vastly different from any that we had experienced in China! Someone greeted us at the door with a big smile, then a lady at the reception helped us with the forms and she told us that the scans and admin fee would only be 1,750 Baht!! Phew – much better! That was when we got really excited, and it sunk in that we were about to find out if baby Esser was a boy or a girl!! We could finally stop guessing, and calling baby “him or her”… Haha, mostly “her”.
We went up to the maternity area of the hospital and waited on a comfy couch. Everything was so clean, shiny, and the people that worked there were so incredibly friendly. It was nothig like China… And we were feeling so thankful to be there for this special news. The nurse told me to drink tons of water while we waited because a full bladder is better for the scan. In addition to that I drank an orange juice box to wake baby up, and make sure that he/ she was moving about enough for us to get a good view. We didn’t want to find him/her sleeping with crossed legs after coming all this way to find this incredible news!!!
When we were called to the scan room, I was shocked to see how modern the hospital bed and ultrasound machine were! The nurse gave me something to cover up with, and then left the room so Justin and I could get comfortable. When she returned she was so kind and gentle as she asked me to move over slightly. What a change from the usual grunt and nudge I get from the Chinese Ultrasound technicians! A moment later the doctor came in and she started to do the ultrasound. For a change, I was able to see the screen and Justin, who was standing at the end of the bed, could see everything too. I look a little awkward in the picture above, but the doctor moved the screen after she had checked all the vitals – and then I could see it comfortably. She did all the measurements and took tons of pictures, and then she asked, “You want to know the gender of your baby, right?”
We both said “yes!”
I felt like I was about to explode with excitement!
The words that came out of her mouth next sounded like they were not real. Obviously it had to be a boy or a girl, so it was 50/50… But still, hearing the words was almost like making this whole pregnancy so much more real in one second!!
“You’re having a baby boy,” she said.
The tears started to roll and Justin and I were both filled with amazement!
The doctor then showed us all of the baby’s body parts — his legs, his arms, his head, his heart, his bladder, his face, and (just for confirmation) his boy “parts”. He was moving around, but facing downwards. He looked so cute, and we felt so blessed for this wonderful experience in finding out about our baby boy!
The nurse said that she would email all the images to us, and then she left us in the room to gather our things. I have to admit that this was when the shock hit me. Not because I had wanted a girl, but because I was convinced that we were having a girl, but oh well, I was wrong… And it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that baby boy is healthy, growing properly, and that we are going to have our first child – a boy – in a few short months!!! When we are expecting baby number two, I probably won’t believe my gut instinct at all because this time round it was wrong. The odd thing is that I am usually right about these kinds of things, but not this time! Another odd thing is that without me telling people that I thought it was a girl, almost everyone around us thought the same thing: that we were going to have a girl. Baby boy sure did surprise all of us!!!
We went to do some sightseeing that afternoon, but all that we could think about was this news so we talked about it non-stop. What we would teach him, which of our talents he might have, how he might look, and how much we already loved him. Between Justin and I we only have brothers for siblings, so boys are all we have grown up with. All my life I thought that I would have boys when I had children, and especially a boy as a first child. I don’t know what brought on the thoughts that I was having a girl – perhaps subconsciously I wanted a girl because I have no sisters.
For months I have been thinking ribbons, bows, and cute pink things. But now I am filled with joy as I imagine a junior version of my incredible husband — so patient, so kind, handsome, loving, and everything that I could ever love being around. Now I will have two boys. “My boys” – I love it already!!
“IT’S A BOY!!”
(Tisk tisk… Come on, admit it… Who scrolled to the bottom without reading?? )