We know that most of you are on the edge of your seats, eagerly awaiting the news on whether Baby Esser is a boy or a girl! For that reason, we won’t keep you in suspense any longer. I just got back from the hospital, but Justin had to go to school to do a few classes.
This is how our morning went…
We arrived at the hospital early since there is no appointment or booking system, you just show up and wait in line. Justin didn’t know what to expect because he had never been to the hospital before. He was pleasantly surprised, and fortunately for him it was not too packed so the atmosphere was very chilled. I chugged a bottle of orange juice on the way there so that my bladder was full (which is better for the ultrasounds). The orange juice is supposed to make baby move around a bit, thereby making sure he/ she lets us see what’s hidden between his/ her legs!
We saw the first doctor who said that Justin could go inside the ultrasound room with us. She then walked over to the designated room, and told the technician that he was allowed in. After that we had to wait while woman after woman entered and then left the room. It’s incredible how quickly they go in and out of the room. They simply lie down, have the scan, see nothing, ask no questions, hear no heartbeat, and then leave. WOW!
When our turn came, all four of us walked into the room – Justin, myself, Amber, and Violet (Amber’s daughter). From where I had to lay I was not able to see the screen, but Justin was standing next to me, and holding my hand, so I watched his facial expressions. His face lit up as he realised what he was seeing… “Aww… the spine… the legs… the head” he said. It was precious watching his face as he saw his baby for the first time. He only told me later that he felt very emotional when he saw the baby. He was holding back tears. I am so happy that he got to see our little one – because even though I didn’t, he was there, and he did. That’s all that matters to me.
Amber asked, in Chinese, if it was a boy or a girl, and the ultrasound technician told us to wait a little while. Justin had already noticed that the legs were together, and curled towards the stomach, so he was sure it would not be easy to see the baby’s boy/ girl-parts. We were not sure what “wait a while” meant… Wait a few minutes, or wait a few weeks?! Amber was not sure what the technician had meant when she said it in Chinese. So we waited a few minutes. I heard no heartbeat, and my stomach started to sink! I said out loud, “where’s the heartbeat?”, Amber asked the technician to play it for us. When that sweet sound started to play, I felt peace and happiness inside! That was all that mattered – baby was heathy and doing well. If had not asked – she wouldn’t have played the heartbeat for us.
We went back to the first office to talk to the doctor again, and she asked if the technician had told us the baby’s sex. When we said no she decided to go and ask herself, which just shows that the technician could have just said no even though she did know for sure. The doctor returned and said that they couldn’t tell.
We got a print-out of the scan (above), but it’s super tiny and of poor quality. You can hardly see baby on there – just the head and the spine. Justin says that they could have taken a much better picture and that he saw the whole baby a couple of times, but they don’t really give a crap about you being a proud new parents. They just care about moving onto the next patient – LAME! In my opinion, they probably use very old machines in China, and that’s why they can’t tell the sex at this stage of pregnancy. Friends of mine already know their baby’s sex at 12-15 weeks in South Africa. Things are just a little bit backwards/ slower here, but that’s okay. Our biggest prayers are answered – Baby is healthy and doing well. Justin also got to go upstairs to see the rooms where we will stay for a few days while baby is born.
We are quite excited about having our next ultrasound in Thailand because the hospitals there are more modern, and the doctors speak English. We know for sure that we will find out whether Baby Esser is a boy or girl then!
Even more excitement for our vacation!!!!!
Thanks for all the loving support!