That's right, we're having a sweet, little boy!!
Our appointment for the full sonogram and finding out the gender was supposed to be this Friday, but it turns out only 3 of the 4 midwives from our practice are in town, and they have 8 babies due this week. Since midwives stay with you the whole time you're in labor, each baby is like a day-long project! So, they wanted to move all of us "non-due patients" toward the beginning of the week so we could get out of their way! :o) We didn't mind at all! It took us about an hour to even comprehend that we would be finding out the sex of our little one that day!!
Our little man was spread eagle--perfect for us to see. The umbilical cord was in between his legs, so the ultrasound tech (who was fabulous, by the way!) poked and prodded till it was out of the way, and said she could see tell right away what it was, but she wanted a shot that would convince us! Here it is: it's like he's sitting flat on his bottom with his legs spread out. His little "tool," as his Papa Dooley calls it, is ready to be seen and you can see his little hand above it. We decided he's trying to make himself look bigger :o)
We got lots of sweet pictures; they labeled them all for us so now we know what we're looking at after the appointment. It's amazing how clear it all was! She did scare us a bit when she said, "Wow, watch out! You guys will have your hands full! He's all over the place!!" Ugh!! We'll see if she's right!
He's in the 40th percentile for weight, which makes him a whopping 9 ounces...how funny! My sisters and I were always in, like, the 10th percentile while we were little, and Mitch's mom didn't have big babies, either, so hopefully he won't be too big when he's born!
Here's another sweet picture of his cute little face! I love it all! Check out the little button nose, his little lips and his chin!! He doesn't have any fat on his body yet; that develops in the next 10 weeks or so, but he sure looks sweet right now! I wanted to kiss his little face so bad! A little further down you can see his arm sitting flat against the side of my uterus, and if you look really closely, you can see his little fingers of his right hand lying on his chest; the dark little dots are his fingers, and the long little line is his thumb bone...can anyone see what i'm talking about!?
Luckily, our neighbors, Jake and Amy, brought their sweet six week-old cuddlebug, Burton, over for us to love on while they ran to the store. I just wanted to love on a little one, and that gave me the fix I needed! :o)
And the name? We picked one girl name and one boy name, so we know if he's not born "looking like" this name, he better grow into it, because we only had one favorite:
Nathan Patrick Dooley
I like it :o) My mom wanted to give this name to a baby boy, and all of us girls wanted to use it first: looks like we win! Nathan is just a family favorite name, but Patrick is his Grandpa Larson's, my dad's, first name and it's also Mitch's uncle Patrick's first name. We love keeping names in the family! :o)