a success!! And by that I mean that first and foremost, the baby is growing right on track and looks completely healthy from all that they saw! What a relief! I have plenty of amniotic fluid, baby has all organs, a four chamber heart, a 3 vessel cord, my cervix has not begun to shorten, etc...everything just looks great!
And the second success was that we stuck to our guns and did not find out the baby's gender! I think our ultrasound tech was surprised. I guess these days the majority of people do find out the gender; she seemed kind of amused by the suspense we were creating for ourselves ;) I did press her a little bit and asked if she could tell for sure one way or the other what the gender was (really if the baby was giving her a clear shot) and she said that she definitely knew. So that part was hard, knowing that she knew and the four of us (Rob, Isabel and Ian all joined me!) did not. She made sure to write "patient did not wish to know the gender" in my chart so that the doctors and nurses would not slip up and say, "Oh, so it says here you are having a...." I thought that was smart! ;) I had dreamt a few days prior that somehow I was able to see the "parts" at the ultrasound and ruined the surprise for myself.
At this point I really think it's going to be a boy. Of course we will just be happy with a healthy, live baby; part of me is hoping for a girl for Isabel, although a boy close in age to Ian would be great too...so really whoever comes out will be just who God intended for us :)