Since finding out that we were pregnant, one of the most asked questions is are we going to find out the gender of the baby? Obviously it is a very personal decision and I have absolutely no judgement on which side of the fence you fall. For me, I was able to answer straight away, I definitely wanted to find out the gender. Luckily this was a view Mr Mack shared with me too.
First and foremost, I’m inpatient and nosey so of course I’d want to know the baby’s gender. Secondly, on a practical level, we’ve saved all of Mini’s clothes, toys etc. for over 5 years. So we wanted to know if we could reuse these or needed to invest in some new things. I also think that knowing the gender will help Mini prepare for becoming a big sister. We can talk about her baby sister or brother and she can be involved in helping us pick the name and decorate the nursery.
When I found out that children weren’t allowed at NHS scans, we discussed and decided to book a private scan to find out the gender. This way Mini could come with us and see her new sibling for herself on the screen. It also meant that we could all find out the gender together. We’d had two previous early scans at Peek a Baby and had found them be really professional, understanding and compassionate. They were therefore the obvious choice for our gender reveal scan.
Since finding out she was going to be a big sister, Mini had been telling everyone she wanted the baby to be a boy. The reason being that she wanted the house to be evenly balanced with girls and boys. However, on the day of the scan she changed her mind and decided she wanted a baby girl. Both Mr Mack and I had predicted that the baby was going to be a girl. I’d felt very similar to how I’d done with Mini. My symptoms were very similar and I think my bump felt a similar shape.
Peek a Baby were fantastic and looked after us all really well and involved Mini in the scan. We got some lovely photos, as well as a sneak peek at baby in 4D. However, baby wasn’t feeling co-operative and had their face squashed up to the placenta so we weren’t able to see much.
After the scan we bought a confetti cannon and headed to my Mom and Dad’s to reveal to them if they were expecting a new baby granddaughter or grandson….