Well, I thought I would share my news with you all, but first I want to give some background to my rather unique situation. I have always wanted daughters - not because I have anything against boys but because I am a carrier of an X-linked genetic disorder. What this means is that if I have daughters at worst they have a 50% chance of being a carrier such as myself or they are completely free of this genetic abnormality and it ends there. If I have boys there is a 50% chance they will have the disorder. Of my 3 boys, 2 have it and one does not. Yep, my boys are perfect at the moment, but once the 2 with the disorder hit their teenage years they will have to endure pain from this point on in their lives as their spines and other major joints slowly degenerate, culminating in joint replacement. If that wasn't enough they will also have to endure the stigma of being very short. I'm not talking just a little bit short, I'm talking under 5 foot! So, you can clearly see why having daughters has been a really big issue for me!! I am not just being selfish about this, I just never wanted to have to see a child of mine suffer because of something I passed onto them.
With this in mind, my DH and I even went through repromed for genetic sex selection last year. An emotionally taxing as well as financially draining excersize. You have to undergo IVF and then they biopsy the embryo at day 3 for genetic testing and then by day 5 when the embryos have reached blastocyst stage you hope and pray that you have one that is free of the genetic abnormality and they can then implant this back, then wait another anxious 2 weeks to see if it has taken!! Well, I discovered that I have the ovarian age of a woman in her 40s instead of my actual age! Hence massive doses of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) for very little result - 5 follicles and only ended up with 3 usuable eggs. Then the big shock for us, not one of them fertilised! We were absolutely gutted as we had always presumed that we would be able to get our much desired little girl through this method. We kissed goodbye to our hopes and dreams, not to mention several thousand dollars in the process and were advised it would be pointless to try again. We were completely gutted.
I was so desperate to have another baby by this stage that we decided to just try again naturally, knowing that there were no guarantees for a baby girl. Funnily enough, I fell pregnant first try!!! That was such an enourmous relief in itself as I had come to doubt my ability to have any more children. Then we waited. Neither Paul nor I would allow ourselves to entertain the possibility this could be a girl, we were so convinced that with our past luck in that department (4 boys, 0 girls) that we were destined to have another boy. We had to wait until I was 20 weeks for the ultrasound as I had turned down the option of amnio.
Well the scan was great, watching our little bundle wriggle and squirm on the screen! The positions this child got into were quite funny. We went right the way to the end and the ultrasound lady indicated that the measurements were all within normal limits - a healthy happy baby! Then we asked the question - what are we having. I told here that we expected her to tell us it was another boy, due to our track record. Then she said 3 words that made my heart skip a beat - I doubt that!! I began to cry and told her to not get my hopes up until she knew for sure (Paul was thinking exactly what I said). She then informed us that it was a little girl!! We are still in a bit of shock and disbelief, but oh so happy at the same time. I cried, quite a bit when I was told and have had quite a few tears since then. I have 10 years of repressed pink in me!!! I have made many of my friends and relaives have a bit of a cry as well when I have told them. After all we have been through, i finally am going to have one of my greatest wishes!!!!
Obviously with 10 years of repressed pink in me, I HAD to go shopping!! LOL!! Put quite a bit on layby in size 0 for next year as well as a couple of 0000 and 000 for when bubby is born and also picked up some Summer 00 on clearance as well. All in all, I had a ball!! Here is a peek at a bit of my girly stash!!
Thank you to all of you who read my blog and are able to share my joy! I look forward to sharing pics of my expanding waistline soon - when there is actually a bit more to show, I am notoriously small for someone who is 5 months pregnant!! But I will have to share soon at any rate. Thankyou for sharing my excitement.
PINK!! PINK!!! PINK!!!