Question: What are the chances that’s not a penis?

Yesterday’s OBGYN check up appointment was exciting – it was the moment of truth, the big reveal. In my head, it was the one where we would find out that baby Hayley is a girl and we’d celebrate because YEAH GIRLS!!! It was supposed to be an epic moment where we’d look at her all serious (through the ultrasound machine) and say “your destiny is to bring balance to the force, young one.

My doctor had the ultrasound machine ready and he was taking his time like “and here’s the head…and the eyes…that’s the little tummy…” while I was like “how about we just skip to the fun girly bits and do the head later.”

Finally, we got to it and there were no girly bits to be seen. Instead, there it was. What seemed like a little package at a spot where I was hoping not to see any um, packages. For a moment, we were all silent, peering intently at what was unmistakably a tiny lump between the baby’s legs.

And then my OBGYN said, “Hmm, it’s not definitive but that sure looks like a penis.”

Ok, I’ve seen penises and he was right, that did look an awful lot like a penis.

My dreams of having another girl was rapidly becoming as fuzzy as that ultrasound image I was peering at.

“What are the chances that’s not a penis?” I asked hopefully. “Could it be part of my umbilical cord tucked at a weird angle?” Or like a slightly lumpy vagina? One time, I saw some really weird, logic-defying pictures on buzzfeed, maybe this is one of those times.”

“Uh, definitely! It’s just a preliminary scan, we’ll know for sure when you do the detailed scan the next round,” he added, sounding a little too sympathetic.

I’m an optimist but I have a feeling it’s time we started thinking of backup boy names.

Well, penis or no penis, baby sure is looking cute and tubby. I already can’t wait to meet him (and yes, I’m reluctantly going with a him).


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  • Reply Hilda Han February 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Aww…. it’s all so wonderfully exciting. I can relate to hoping for a little girl but little boys (as you already know) can be lovingly mummy’s boys too. The upside is that your Princess Kirsten will get to be doted as the only other girl at home and get to indulge in all of Mummy’s girly stuff. LOL! =)

    • Reply Daphne February 20, 2014 at 11:03 am

      True that! Actually boys are really sweet but SO RESTLESS all the time. Or at least, my boys are so unstoppable and restless. And I was so hoping for a docile little baby girl who would sit quietly on my lap.

  • Reply f February 19, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    So Kirsten’s gonna be the only princess it seems?

    • Reply Daphne February 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Yes, she’s also mourning it a little bit. I think she was planning on having a sister to reenact the entire sequence from Frozen but now she’ll have to use one of the boys to be her Anna.

  • Reply Ellen February 20, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Dawww. I’m pretty sure I mourned a little bit when I found out my second baby is also a boy (because I know I’m not going to try for another). Still, there is always an upside. Now baby boy and Finn, who are so close in age, can be best buds.

    • Reply Daphne February 20, 2014 at 11:23 am

      I mean I like boys but just not so many, too much testosterone!! Truett is thrilled though, his secret boys club??!! is expanding.

  • Reply San February 20, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Awww… but you make such handsome boys, so all is still awesome.
    San´s last post ..6 months of Aussie Kindy life

    • Reply Daphne February 21, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Thanks babe! Now I’m just hoping for a sweet, quiet little boy but looking at our track record, that’s not likely heh…

  • Reply Susan February 26, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Does this mean there could be a fifth baby!!??

    • Reply Daphne February 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Hahahahah absolutely not! Among other reasons, there’s a very real possibility I could end up with 4 boys.

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