I pulled off an epic surprise on Christmas Eve! I was 17 weeks pregnant (everyone knew...I was sick, sick, sick and definitely showing). I was scheduled to have my ultrasound in about 2 weeks, but I had my regular OB appointment on Dec 23rd. I had decided that I would ask my OB if he would do a quick ultrasound in the office to check the gender so I could surprise Trevor and the kids on Christmas.
It was a long shot. But to my surprise, he quickly asked the nurse to wheel in the portable ultrasound machine!
He found the right spot in less than a minute, and we had the gender! I felt a little bad finding out all on my own, but the surprise would be totally worth it! I was crying in the office as I was filled with so much happiness knowing this little piece of new information about our baby!
I decided to do the big reveal on Christmas Eve after all the festivities calmed down. I had wrapped up a box in Christmas wrapping paper and stuck a balloon and a note inside. When the time was right, I gathered the kids for a special Christmas Eve gift and had my sister, Erin, recording. (Incidentally...it is crazy in a house with 20 people. Trevor had no idea what was even going on...ha!)
It's a girl!!!
All 4 of my kids desperately wanted this baby to be a girl. They were set on it. Hoping for it. Praying for it even. And even Trevor and I thought having a baby girl as the caboose in our family just seemed to 'fit'. I tried not to think about it one way or the other as I knew whatever we needed was what the Lord would bless us with. But I was a little nervous the kids would be disappointed if it was a boy. Anyway, when the doctor said 'Girl' I knew the surprise would be even that much sweeter. The kids would be ecstatic. And they were!
This girl has waited 10 long years for a sister...needless to say she was so excited!
And a few early baby bumps as proof that Pettingill baby #5 was really on her way. Here I am at 15 weeks (the belly knows just what to do...expanding in record time :/)
And 18 weeks. And finally feeling good after a yucky first trimester. Love, love this stage of pregnancy!