I have been completely unable to post over the last week, holding my breath until the final, full test results were in. We FINALLY got the test results today, and the baby tested chromosomally normal. And, we found out what it is!
But first, the rest of the week. . .T. absolutely refused to wait any longer to tell everyone. I wanted to wait until the final results were in, but he was fine with the FISH, and could not wait one.second.longer! So, I wrapped up the the picture frame for his mom, who was having dinner with his brother Wednesday night. Although his mom lives quite a ways from us, I had to be near her house for work on Wednesday, so I dropped off the wrapped frame, and asked her to give it to his brother when she saw him for dinner that night. T's brother just bought a house, so my MIL thought it was a house-warming present. The card that I put on it told his brother congratulations on the house, and asked him to hand the gift back to my MIL to open. It was the kind of thing that I knew they'd get a kick out of, and they did.
Then, I called my mom at about the same time they were having dinner, and told her she could open the package that I mailed her a few weeks ago. She immediately guessed that we are pregnant, and she was really excited for us. It meant so much to me that she was excited, because I wasn't sure what her reaction was going to be like. She's called a bunch of times since then, trying to get info about what the sex of the baby is. (We told everyone we'd know what it was once the final test results came back, so everyone has been waiting on pins and needles with us!) It's a good thing that my mom guessed that we were having a baby, because the letters fell off the frame in the mail! She had no idea what it was supposed to say on the back of the frame (it said "due in January"). It must've gotten too hot or something.
A while after I called my mom, the phone calls started coming in from T's side of the family. They were all thrilled.
Then, this weekend, we threw a huge cookout for my dad, brother, and a bunch of other family. We played lawn games, and the top three finalists got presents. The top prize, of course, was the wrapped frame. The recipient opened it backwards, so that the "due in January" was showing first, and as soon as his wife saw it, she jumped up and gave me a huge hug, all while it dawned on my dad's wife and she started screaming "are you pregnant??? Is she pregant? I TOLD you!!!", to which my dad replied "but did you buy the card?" Apparently, they've all been trying to guess about whether I was or not. One of the guys saw me last weekend and told his wife that I was in a bathing suit and he didn't think I was pregnant. (THANK YOU!!! I feel so bloated and misshapen right now!). Everyone was very excited (well, muted responses from my dad and brother, but those were to be expected, as that's just how their personalities are--I know they're excited for me, too.).
So, it was a really nice week of telling. My mother in law immediately called every person she knew. I knew that she would go overboard, and realized that in fact she had when she began listing all of the people she called, and then finished with "and the guy who's putting in my new stone walkways is really excited, too." Um, SURE he is! She's too funny.
But the icing on this wonderful week of love and postive thoughts was the call today from the genetic counselor: that the baby is chromosomally normal. I can't even begin to express how much this meant to me, and what a relief it was. Oh, and the baby? She's a girl. I was so thoroughly convinced that it was a boy, that it was a HUGE shock when she told us. It was really great, because normally I would have been an hour away at my office, and T. would've been off working. But, I'm on vacation this week, and T. came home to have lunch with me. The genetic counselor just happened to call while he was here, so I was able to put her on speakerphone, and she was able to tell us while we were together. It was awesome, especially because it was really such a surprise. I am so, so, so thrilled. I'm having a girl. I am really, truly having a baby girl! I can hardly believe it.