This is a sponsored post on behalf of Panorama Prenatal Screening. All thoughts, baby boys and stories are mine.
With my first born we chose not to find out the gender until the big reveal in the delivery room. Which was both wonderful and awful. Wonderful because it made for a special moment in the delivery room. Awful because relatives and friends were relentless with their disdain of our decision.
With my second baby we chose to find out because after our first born turned out to be a boy everyone insisted that we were to have a little girl. As if somehow we were in control of that. Especially my mother who said I really needed to have a daughter so I could be paid back for my teen years. Exhausted by the first go round and not wanting the constant scrutiny of gender spewed at me the entire pregnancy, I caved.
So there we sat in the sterile ultrasound room with the clinician who rolled her contraption over my stomach a few times. She proceeded to take pictures and measurements while we waited impatiently for the really important part. Girl or boy? She finally got to the big moment. We were all flush faced and excited and then with a voice that sounded like an apology as she knew we already had a boy at home she said, “You are having another boy. I’ve spotted a penis.”
I was secretly thrilled to be having another boy as I have always, since I was little, dreamt of having a family filled with boys. But she had managed to make it a bummer instead of thrilling moment. I vowed right then if I ever had another child I would NEVER find out in a sterile office again. I would just have to wait and find out in the delivery room.
When I found out I was pregnant with my third child, my husband said there was no way he could wait nine months to find out. I was with him. I needed to know. I was hoping for another boy, mostly because I had no idea what in the heck we would do with a girl at this point. I was a boy mom and I loved being one. That said, I was up for the challenge if it was a girl, but I needed some time to prep.
Yet, I still hated the idea of finding out in a sterile office and short of paying the technician to do a cheer and pretend it was an exciting moment, I was at a loss. Then we came up with an idea and we think it was pretty genius. We took an envelope and paper into the office with us. We asked the technician to write down the gender of our baby and seal it up inside the envelope. We looked away while she scanned our baby’s nether regions and then she wrote the gender down and sealed the envelope. That night over an intimate dinner with just my husband and I we opened the envelope. “Its a BOY!” it read.
Now, thanks to Panorama you can find out the gender WAY earlier than you could nine years ago and in an intimate setting. At nine weeks you can find out the gender of your baby and so much more. Panorama is a DNA screening test that can tell parents important information about pregnancy. They can find out if baby is at risk for having Down syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities. Panorama can also tell parents the gender of their baby. Non-invasive and highly accurate, Panorama has the lowest false positive rate of any prenatal screening test for the commonly screened chromosomal abnormalities, trisomies 21, 18 and 13. And, Panorama can be done as early as nine weeks into pregnancy using a simple blood draw. Visit the Panorama website for more information.
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