We both took the day off for our big 20 week ultrasound appointment. It was a beautiful, hot Friday in Chicago and it felt like we had been anticipating this moment forever as we rode the red line downtown. The 20 week ultrasound takes almost an hour as the tech counts and measures every little part of our baby. I’ll be honest, it was one of the coolest experiences I have had in my life. We saw the 4 chambers of the heart, different sections of the brain, the curved little spine, and perhaps my favorite the ten fingers and ten toes:
When it came time for some upper leg measurements we looked away as we weren’t quite ready to find out the gender. Our tech put a picture in an envelope for us and sealed it up.
We had made reservations in the evening for a 6:00 dinner at Ada Street (a fun, little trendy restaurant that is hard to get in to without reservations and situated smack dab in the middle of an industrial park). Now the hard part was waiting 5+ hours with an envelop you can’t open. It might have been harder than putting an opened bag of candy corn in front of me. We busied ourselves by getting a makeover at Macy’s (ok, just I did that), checking out the new urban Target, eating Chipotle followed by Magnolia Bakery, and cleaning our apartment.
FINALLY, finally the time came to head to dinner —
When we sat down our waitress promptly asked us what we wanted to drink… little did she know that our answer was life changing news. I explained to her that we were expecting and wanted to give her an envelop that would reveal if we are having a boy or girl. When she took it to the bar we wanted her to open it and if it’s a boy, bring us a beer, but if it’s a girl, bring us wine. Both of our hearts were beating so fast as we waited we made small talk about the menu not wanting to lift our heads. Tim said, “she is taking so long” after about 45 seconds.
When she returned to the table with her hands behind her back our eyes were wide with anticipation… and then she pulled out the BEER!!!!
The evening was so much fun. I think our waitress teared up three times and gave us $20 off our meal. We enjoyed spreading the news to family and friends that evening and of course the next day I told anyone who would listen at work as well as posting pictures of our sons genitals on facebook. I am way too proud already.
It is now about 2.5 weeks later. Our son has grown and he moving around quite a bit. I try to hold myself back from buying too many cute little boy clothes (although I did buy him some zip off hiking pants from REI because he will definitely need those at 6 months!) Baby VanOss and his mom and dad have recently gone on a camping/beach trip to Michigan, gone to hear Arlo Guthrie at Ravinia, seen the ballet at Millennium Park, and been blessed with a visit from Uncle Caleb and Aunt Momo. I will tell you about all the down sides to pregnancy in another post. Until then, one more picture for the road —