(look, he's smiling at us!)
Today we had our ultrasound and found out our baby is a boy! The Technician was very nice. Even though the office was running about a half hour behind she slowly showed us everything, answered all our questions, and messed around until we got a really good head shot of the baby.
Even though he was pretty stubborn about not wanting a profile pic! When she started pressing where his head was, he started squirming and flipped around so we could only see the back of the head (and his little butt sticking up in the air). But the Tech waited until he flipped back around, because I told her I really wanted a profile shot, so it would feel more real. She even stopped so we could watch the baby drink the amniotic fluids. It was weird but neat to see the baby doing something.
He moved around an awful lot (didn't like being poked and prodded). Friday night was the first time I felt the baby move, so it was good to confirm what I was feeling was actual movement. He was kicking and punching like crazy protesting the poking and prodding he was getting!
The doctor came in and said that everything looked great. He was an older man (I would say close to retirement), and was very kind/grandpa-ish. He wanted to double check that we were having a boy because "sometimes these Techs just don't know what they're looking at. They see the umbilical cord and think it must be a boy."
Our little guy wasn't too happy with this, and he flipped over to his stomach and crossed his legs in protest. But the Doctor was pretty persistent and eventually got an image that satisfied him to tell us yes, we were having a boy. He also checked the measurements and the baby is measuring about a week smaller than average, so we might have him a week later than originally anticipated (August 15th instead of the 8th). But we'll see when he actually makes his appearance.
Dave's also been able to feel our baby kick a few times. He's excited and nervous at the same time about having the baby. Although he would have been happy with a boy or a girl, he was really hoping for a boy to start out with. Now he's trying to convince me that we have to use a super hero name for our baby: Optimus Prime Plastow, Peter Parker Plastow, Bruce Wayne Plastow, or Wolverine Logan Plastow. I wouldn't mind Logan, but the rest are just not going to happen! We'll see what we can come up with; we have a few months before we have to decide.