It’s A…

I know many of you already know thanks to social media, but thanks to the new and highly annoying social media algorithms, so many actually missed the announcement. I also want to document it here, on my digital journal.

When Sox and I found out I was pregnant, besides all the emotions and excitement, within a few weeks, we both kept saying: I wonder what it will be? We laughed that we have a 50/50 chance of being right.

We decided we wanted to find out the sex when we could. We see it like this: It’s still a surprise whether it’s at the 3 month mark, or 6/7 months later. I respect those who decide to wait the full stretch (excuse the pun), but I’m too impatient! I also didn’t want to keep referring to him/her as it. 

We went for our big scan, on the 22 December 2016  – the 12 week one where they check for certain abnormalities and if you’re lucky, you can tell the sex. It’s not guaranteed that you will, because it is a little soon and sometimes friends have been told it’s the one sex, to find out weeks later it’s a different sex.

We asked my Gynae to only tell us if he was absolutely 1000% certain.

I did something I haven’t done in ages – I ate a chocolate for breakfast (OK not really for breakfast) before the scan, so that baby would move and we would be able to see more in the scan.

I was really anxious to find out that everything was OK and healthy. Finding out the sex would be an added bonus.

Baby G was all healthy and I wanted to cry out of relief! OK I did have a little happy sob. Then it came down to the sex and Baby G didn’t want us to know. It kept crossing it’s leg, or turning and our Dr couldn’t get a proper reading. He eventually said that if we had to hold a gun to his head, he’d say 55% chance girl, BUT it was still too close to the 50/50 mark and we would have to wait another few weeks for absolute certainty.

My gut feel was: BOY.

We asked all our friends and family for their predictions and we had a pretty close split, with GIRL coming out on top.

On the 5th of January I landed up in hospital for a night. I was put on a drip. I had such a bad migraine that was making me throw up. I tried taking Panado, but I couldn’t keep it down. I couldn’t keep a single sip of water down never mind food, and eventually after feeling weak and like my head was going to explode, I called my Gynae who told me to get myself to the hospital immediately.

I honestly thought that I would go onto a drip for a few hours and then go home, so I didn’t even think to pack a bag. Sox was working and I sent him a message telling him the situation and telling him not to worry.

Yeah right.

He came screeching into the hospital where he found me in a hospital bed, strapped up to a drip, which had been a mission to put in, because my veins were so dehydrated. Even though I was feeling very sorry for myself; it’s amazing how I didn’t actually care how awful and sore I was feeling. I just wanted to know that Baby G was OK. All my vitals were fine, so they weren’t too worried about baby. I stayed the night and in the morning, we had a scan to check that it was still fine.

There was the heartbeat – the best sound in the world – and baby was 100% fine. Then our doctor said: “Do you want to know the sex? I can tell 99% now!”

Sox and I looked at each other and we just said: YES PLEASE!

“Congratulations! It’s a BOY!”

I just started laughing and Sox and I were so excited, but it was also a surreal moment.

When I sent the above pic to my sister, I was trying to explain the view. Imagine he is sitting on a glass table and you’re looking up, underneath him… You can see his legs in a sitting position and the boy bits in the middle. She still wasn’t convinced, so I drew it. We still laugh about this…

Afterwards, we had a quiet moment to let the news sink in. This is going to sound nuts – BUT, it’s honest.

Sox and I had a teeny tiny moment of disappointment that it wasn’t a girl. I know that sounds bizarre, but when so many people have said girl, you start to imagine that little person… That moment lasted very, very briefly and we both started bursting with all the excitement. It was my gut feel from the very beginning and Sox has always wanted a little boy, but the disappointment, made him realize that he would have been so happy with either. I think it’s a natural reaction that you have, the moment you find out it’s the one and not the other.

Sox was so excited that he asked one of our designer friends, Georgina Spiliopoulos to design our announcement. He’s a MASSIVE Manchester United and they always announce the new team with jerseys in the change room, so we announced it this way:

For Sox’s birthday, our very good friend Rhodri, who works with the Ryan Giggs, made this and Giggs signed: To Baby G, Utd’s Latest Signing and his signature. 

So unbelievably spoiled.

So there we go. Baby G is a BABY BOY and I cannot wait to meet him. I must say, I feel nervous having a boy. Sox’s family is just all boys. This will be the 5th grandchild for Dimitra – all boys!

I, however, come from a family of all girls, and my Dad! My Dad used to joke that he was surrounded by females (even growing up, our pets were girls, except for Duke now) and he was pretty sure all the ants and butterflies in the garden were female too. This is the first grandchild for our family.

I know what to do with girls –  bake, braid hair, play tea parties and dolls etc… after all, I’m such a girly girl. What do I do with a boy? Not that we can’t bake and have tea parties etc…(I can just imagine some of the gender comments coming in now – please don’t)  but I’m going to have to learn how to kick soccer balls, build structures, play dinosaurs and superheroes and get muddy! Actually, as I type that, I have this glow of excitement. I cannot wait!!

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  • Reply Louise

    Oh my gosh, a boy! How exciting to know. I also thought I’d handle being a mom to a girl easier, being that I am such a girly girl. But having a boy has turned out to be the biggest blessing. My boy, at age seven, is sweet and kind and caring (from me) and yet also boyish and boisterous from his dad. Boys are very affectionate and loving (at least, mine is) and there is not that much you will do differently with a boy until around six years old anyway. Up till they start school, a child is a child, whether a boy or girl. Good luck!

    March 3, 2017 at 7:44 am
  • Reply Zara

    I understand that slight tinge of dissapointment wholeheartedly. Especially with my second pregnancy when I so desperately wanted a girl. And its worse when people say “you obviously not a girl mom”… gosh!! But now I have made peace with it and boys are SO much fun… they keep you VERY busy, you going to love it. And at least Gabriel has a BFF now to do boy things with… they going to be so cute growing up together!!

    ps: love the scans!!

    March 3, 2017 at 8:21 am
  • Reply Kate Kearney

    My little boy loves makeup brushes, cleaning dirt, shoes and carrying handbags. He also loves Elmo, his bike and sweeping the floor. he kisses babies and plays with his willy. He smuggles playdoh into school and loves his reflection. He likes to choose his own clothes and fall backwards into the swimming pool. Boys are amazing Girls are amazing. You get whats right for you and he will fit right in and you will know just what to do with him, I promise!

    March 3, 2017 at 8:36 am
  • Reply Meg

    Yay Congrats again. I love, love, love the announcement idea!!!

    March 3, 2017 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Jodie

    Wow congratulations! We also found out the sex of both of our babies as soon as we could. Coming from a family of three girls, I was over the moon that I could give my dad a grandson and then another one second time around 🙂 I’d LOVE a girl but I don’t think I’m a girl mummy. What exciting news for you!!!

    March 3, 2017 at 10:34 am
  • Reply SheBeeGee

    YAY FOR BEING A BOY MOMMY! I’m so happy for you. I also had a moment of panic on having a boy, what the hell would I do to entertain him!? But luckily, boys will be boys and Aidey is happy with anything with wheels, balls or mess. And if it adds noise, even better. He is the delight of my life and I couldn’t imagine him being anyone but himself. And the brilliant news is that I don’t even have to get muddy – that’s what dads are for!

    Yay for little boy baby G! I wish him long life xxx

    March 3, 2017 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Caley

    LOVE this story!! There is always going to be a slight disappointment when the sex is not as you imagined… We had no expectation with our first although I thought I was a boy mom so it was a shock, not a disappointment. Everyone called boy for our second so there was a hint of disappointment at first. And of course for our third, a boy would have been fun and something different to experience but now we cannot imagine having anything but three daughters – and my husband is just the most perfect girl dad ever x

    March 3, 2017 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Elana

    Totally get the little bit of disappointment….it just means you are 100% normal. I have a little boy and you figure things out with them…’s so much fun

    March 4, 2017 at 6:26 am
  • Reply Megan Keith

    When we were going through the adoption process, we ticked any gender, but every time we spoke about our baby, it we always referred to she/her. While we were open to adopting a boy, we really believed we were getting a girl. So when the call came through that it was a boy, we were excited. But I had no clue about little boys! I also come from a family of girls. But it’s been almost 2 years now, and I cannot imagine my life without my little boy! I’ve learnt how to play with cars. I have learnt to not panic when Noah is climbing over something or trying to jump off something he really shouldn’t. Also, dressing little boys up is also just as much fun as I would assume it is to dress up a little girl! That’s my experience! So excited for you! Megan xx

    March 5, 2017 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Kammi Borngraber

    Sushirolls not genderrolls 🙂 I have a boy (he is 5) He is as skilled with the blender and mixer, as he is with his Dad’s cordless drill. He loves spending time with both of us, and he loves helping. He adores arts and crafts, as much as he does building Lego. He LOVES his Trolls (he has them all!) as much as he loves playing with toy cars. Expose him to everything so he can find his own groove. And honestly screw all the people who find gender rolls more important than a happy loved child. x

    March 6, 2017 at 10:41 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      You couldn’t have said it better!! Exactly how I feel – thanks Kammi! So excited to be this little boys Mom! Thank you for reading and for such an awesome comment! Love Bailey xx

      March 7, 2017 at 5:09 am
  • Reply Susan

    Boys are so awesome!!! I was told at 13 weeks that we were having 2 girls. At 16 weeks when it changed to 2 boys I cried! I was sad to “lose” my girls, who I too had already imagined baking and shopping with etc. but Trav said stop crying you are going to love these boys! And oh boy do I love them!!! Boys and their moms have such a special bond. AND, we bake and shop. The boys love baking and going to the shops and riding in the trolley. They are no-nonsense, drama free and I enjoy every minute I spend with them. I also came from a VERY girlie family. You are going to love being a boy mommy, I promise!!! Xxxx

    March 7, 2017 at 1:15 pm
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