Brandon and I debated on whether to find out the gender at the 20 week ultrasound or wait until delivery. We enjoyed waiting until delivery with our previous two sweet babies. Both of us had fun with the 9 months of building anticipation and the excitement pulsing through the air as the doctor made the eyewitness announcement. This time around, we took into account the fact that we have 2 children who understand to some degree that we are expecting a new baby and how finding out the gender ahead of time might aid in preparing them both.
We chose to have the gender revealed to us because we felt it would help each child in a different way. Our daughter was certain we were having a little girl and she would be getting a little sister. After watching a video online of a family revealing their new baby was a boy and watching the 4 year old sister dissolve into tears of devastation and disappointment, we decided that Aubrey might need time to accept and adjust if the baby is a boy. Jackson didn't seem to be really understanding at all that a new baby was coming and we thought the more details we can provide him, the more prepared he will be.
I wanted a girl and a boy. Too bad twins aren't in the genes. ;) I wanted Aubrey to have the sister she desired, to see all those cute little clothes get reused, and know that Brandon and I could easily agree on a girl name. I wanted Jackson to have a brother who would grow into a buddy he could horse around with, play rough and get dirty with. I wanted to see those baby baseball caps, rock star clothes and cool shoes get used again (I love all baby clothes. ;) Lol!).
We scheduled the ultrasound for Saturday so we could all go together and not be rushed. The kids were excited, Brandon was ready, and I was eager to see the little one on screen, hear that everything looked good and the baby was growing and healthy. The kids were attentive for the first part of the scan, but quickly lost interest. The technician was the worst I've had and just took the pics and measurements she needed in silence, so there was little to add to what the kids were seeing to help keep them engaged. She did make the announcement when she checked the gender. Good thing, because we'd of never guessed that's what we were looking at! The big news is it's a BOY!
We are all excited. Aubrey took the news very well. She was happy as soon as she heard. No drama, no tears, no disappointment. :) Jackson likes to say, "It's a boy like Jackson!" He makes the cutest face when he says it too. :) Now the hard part...agreeing on a name. This is going to be a process. Brandon and I seem to have very different tastes in boy names and we were lucky to have found one for Jackson. If we announce in September that we welcomed Baby Boy Gibson into the world, you know why. LOL!