The Personality

ultrasound-012So, we did end up taking Laylee to the ultrasound and I’m so glad we did. She was fascinated by everything, especially the part where the baby peed right “on camera” and the doctor replayed it a few times for her in slow motion.

He then said, “You know what that is?”

“Is he spitting something out?” I asked.

“Nope,” he and Dan both answered, “Wrong end.”


Laylee thought that was hilarious. And the doctor informed us that from the pee pattern it was very obvious that my 100%-sure-it’s-a-boy baby is actually female in nature and very healthy from all outward indications.

The doctor was extremely thorough, even bruisingly so, measuring every major bone and heart valve. When I asked if he was completely totally for real for real sure it was a girl, he said, “As I said,” with such authority that I had to believe him.

I was shocked at how happy that made me. All along I’ve thought this baby was a boy. Before I was ever pregnant, I KNEW our next little guy was a little guy. I had no doubt about what his personality would look like. I was fine with a boy.

But when my sisters left earlier this month, I told Dan through my tears that a part of me wished it were a little girl. This could be our last baby and I think every girl needs to have a sister. I know that boys would likely say that every boy needs a brother but I have never been a boy so I can’t vouch for that.

My mom knew it was a girl all along. She says it’s because of a premonition she had while picking out clearance baby clothes at Kohl’s. So her shopping wisdom trumps my parental intuition and two medical professionals’ ancient Chinese gender tests. She IS a great shopper.

So yay. Any baby name ideas? We had the boy named and ready to go. But little Wanda’s got nothing in the way of an offline name. If I use the name you share with me, I promise to email and let you know.

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55 Responses to The Personality

  1. abby says:

    I am so excited for you! I had my 3rd girly last month and named her Stella. There can never be too many Stellas in the world so feel free to name away.
    Some other favs are:


  2. Jen says:

    We went with a kind of unique method for choosing our 7-week-old’s name (Gwendolyn Rhiannon). We had already decided we loved Rhiannon, but couldn’t see ourselves using that as a first name. To find a first name, we started with, which lets you search by origin, and looked at lists for female names from the British Isles (Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, etc.)

    We found names we liked there, then compared them to the SSA and BabyCenter’s most popular lists. If the name was in the top 50, we threw it out. That came from my being one of 8 Jennifers in my high school graduating class, and one of 4 that went to the same elementary school. There were always at least 2 of us in the same class, and I absolutely hated it. I didn’t want to do that to my daughter.

    However, as a substitute teacher, I’ve seen some of the really strange things people have done to their children name-wise, and I don’t think your child should have to constantly correct people on how to say their name.

  3. JD says:

    I liked what my client’s grand daughter was named.


    LOVE THat you are having a GIRL!!!

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