Discovering the Blue in the Blueberry - The Most Exciting Visit To The Sonographer



There. You must have figured it out already. WE ARE HAVING A BOY!
Now I can jump straight to the story of how unexpectedly we discovered this very exciting news :)


So Google became my best friend soon after I conceived the now 32 week old human being in my womb, alhamdulillah for that. We were obviously friends before as well but being pregnant took our friendship to a whole new level. From figuring out the calculation of pregnancy weeks and estimated due date to learning about the reasons behind each new symptom my body experienced, I googled everything away. 




I was mentally prepared to wait until my mid-pregnancy scan (somewhere around 18th to 20th week) to find out the sex of my baby bean. Even though the baby genitals begin to develop as early as the 6th week of pregnancy, it is usually quite difficult to tell them apart until the 14th week. The sex organs are fully developed by the 20th week and it is because of this reason that most doctors would recommend you to visit your sonographer around that time to find out if it is a boy or girl who is keeping you awake at night. However, the the chances of determining the sex are still dependent on how cooperative your little human is for putting an end to the suspense!


Up until the 13th week, husband and I referred to our baby bean as 'Blueberry'. I wasn't comfortable with calling a human being IT so when I registered on the very popular BabyCentre app in the 8th week and we saw that our baby was already the size of a Blueberry, the name just stuck and we grew immensely fond of it.


I went for my scheduled anomaly scan in the 13th week, just before husband and I were supposed to fly to Turkey for our babymoon! I was in Pakistan and went for the scan with my mother. On the way to the hospital, I absent-mindedly said to Ami that maybe the sonograher can already tell the sex of the baby. My mom brushed off the thought saying it’s too early for that and I agreed. The scan started and I told my mom to record a video, Mr. Husband had given instructions for that. A while later, my mom hesitantly whispered something in a tone that was neither a statement, nor a question and it wasn't clear who it was addressed to either. She said: “It is too early to find out the sex of the baby”. As if the doctor didn’t know. 


Half an hour later later, I left the hospital with a surreal feeling, trying to get my head around the fact that we were going to have a baby boy. Yes, it had turned out that our little one was too cooperative and revealed himself much earlier than we had anticipated. The news was so unexpected for me that I asked the doctor at least 20 times if he was absolutely sure. He is a highly experienced sonographer and patiently assured me each time that he wouldn’t have shared the information with me if he wasn’t certain. He finally put it down in black and white on my report and jokingly told me I could go ahead with telling whoever I wanted to. The best part about the completely unexpected experience was that my mom caught the entire conversation on video. The doctor’s calm revelation, my not-so-calm reaction and then my persistent doubtful questions to the doctor on how could he tell already. That video was how I broke the news to my husband and my in-laws. It saved me the time to think of a creative way to spill the beans and the fact that nobody was expecting its so early made it all the more exciting.


To be very honest, somewhere in my heart, I was still skeptical of the absolute accuracy of the sonographer’s judgement (I’m sure he wouldn’t ever see me again if he read this). Even though we couldn’t resist the urge to start baby shopping, I kept joking with my husband that we might just end up giving all the boy clothes to charity if it turns out that we’re actually having a girl. I also secretly derived great pleasure from the possibility of being able to fill my basket with those adorable baby girl clothes and accessories that I enviously eyed while shopping in the boys’ section. Owing to this self created doubt, we didn’t disclose the news to anyone other than our immediate family until I got my next scan done in the 20th week and it was confirmed that our Blueberry was in fact a baby boy.


All of the pictures in this post were taken in the 25th week, while I was still enjoying the honeymoon phase of the pregnancy, the second trimester :)



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12 comments

  1. I am so happy to see someone from Pakistan is actually talking about pregnancy like it is not a beemari!

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    1. Beemari! Yes, that's the word which will probably be put as the synonym to 'pregnancy' if there was a 'desi dictionary'. I hear you sistaaa

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  2. Oh my God these pictures are adorable! I wish I taken some pictures like this during my pregnancy :(

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    1. Aww thanks Safra! My husband cum unpaid photographer would be happy to read that. How about taking some with your kid's baby clothes or toys now? :)

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  3. It is so refreshing to see a pakistani girl sharing something about pregnancy. Yahan tou everybody likes act as if babies fall from the sky!

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  4. So agree with Rimsha above. Pregnancy is such a secret topic. Chuppa do larki ko for 9 months!

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  5. Awww I love the blueberry part!

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    1. Haha thanks Eiman! It had an adorable ring to it :)

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  6. I got so excited reading this :D Your baby was so cooperative, mine didn't let us know the sex till the 28th week :P
    And I love how you're sharing your pregnancy journey when it is mostly supposed to be kept a secret in our society, I dont understand why :S

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    1. Neither do I sister, neither do I! Let's contemplate on the mystery together :P

      And yes, our Blueberry surprised us too soon :D

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