It occurred to me that I never shared how I told A another sweet boy was on the way.
When I was pregnant with W, A was present during the ultrasound so we found out W's gender together. We had a fun little day - gender reveal, then lunch, then shopping for a couple boy items to celebrate the big news. This time around, I elected to do the Verifi test. I liked that several chromosomal abnormalities could be tested for and being able to find out baby's gender was an added bonus. But it also meant that I would find out baby's gender without A being present.
My OB's office never called me to let me know that the Verifi results were in. I ended up calling them and was told that my test results were in fact in, but that a doctor needed to review them so they'd call back the following day. Torture!! And incredibly nerve wracking. I thought that meant something was wrong.
The next morning, I kept my phone near me at all times. Except when I walked down the hall to ask a coworker a question. Naturally, that's the exact time I received a call from the doctor's office. They left me a voicemail indicating that all test results were normal (such a relief!) and that they knew baby's gender so if I wanted to know, I needed to call back.
Of course I called back right away. I was shaking as I made the call. I didn't care either way, but it was such important and exciting news! The gender of my baby!! Would W have a sister or a brother? Would I be buying bows or trucks? I always thought boy. But then there were times when I thought, "What if I'm wrong?".
The nurse didn't make me wait long and announced, "It's a boy!". Another boy. I smiled and thanked her. It was so strange to find out via phone call. And even stranger to have such a big secret all to myself.
Prior to the Verifi test, I had purchased a onesie that said Little Brother. I was that confident that baby was a boy. I didn't tell anyone about my purchase for fear that they'd think I was crazy and just kept the onesie in a bag in my closet. I planned to give A the onesie when I got home, but I just couldn't wait. I was so excited to share the news.
I immediately texted A and our conversation went something like this:
Me: I have a secret
A: A secret you can share??
Me: Let's play a little game...
Me: Go upstairs and into my closet
A: Hang on, bringing W with me
A: Ok, I'm there
Me: Towards the back of the closet, near the hamper, you should see a gray bag
A: Yes, I see it
Me: Open it!!
A: A BOY!!!!
It turned out to be such a fun way to tell A. :) He was very excited and though he never admitted it beforehand, he later told me he was hoping for another boy.