Nils and I were getting so anxious to find out if Bean was a boy or a girl so that we could paint the nursery and really start planning for our baby. From the very beginning we knew exactly what we would name a girl. We chose Emery because it was different (with a last name like Smith you need to be a little creative with the first name) but still very pretty and Jewell was my grandmother's name. I have always known I wanted to use her name if I had a little girl and, since she passed away a couple of years ago, Nils and I thought it was a perfect way to honor my Mamaw. The week of the sonogram I was still searching to find a boys name and it was really starting to stress me out. I wanted to be able call our baby by name as soon as we found out the sex but not having a boys name really bothered me. Nils' suggestion was to wait a while if it was a boy and just see what grew on us. I'm not very good at being patient so that idea sounded stressful to me.
The day of the sonogram came and we were very excited. Nils even got to the doctor's office about 45 minutes early just to make sure he wasn't late. For some reason it took about 30 minutes for them to call me back which made me super anxious because last time I was there my doctor had to leave unexpectedly for a delivery. If I wasn't able to have my sonogram that day I didn't know what I was going to do. I'm realizing as I'm typing how crazy I was during that time. Even my blood pressure was super high because of all of my anxiety. How embarrassing.
Finally we were called back, I laid on the table and got all gelled up (gross). She pressed the little wand into my stomach and there was our crazy baby on the screen. I say crazy because it was all over the place! It was so strange to see how much it was moving but I couldn't yet feel a thing. After a little searching our sonologist found the picture we were waiting for. She froze the frame and asked us to guess the sex. Sonogram pictures make no sense to either of us so we just stared for a while not wanting to guess the wrong thing. I guess she finally got tired of us just staring so she let us in on the secret . . . Bean is a girl! All of my worry about what to choose as a boys name was for nothing, Emery Jewell was the only name we had and the only name we needed. After we found out the sex we let my mom come in to see her granddaughter. We already know Emery has a lot of her mom in her because she wasn't very cooperative with the sonologist. Usually they have a set order they look for things in but Emery was doing her own thing in there so the pictures had to be taken in the order she allowed them to be taken in. My mom thought this was too funny. The way the sonologist said it pretty much summed me up too, "we're going to be able to get some good pictures, we're just going to have to do it the way and in the order she wants it done". I have always been independent and done things the way I want to and it looks like Emery is going to be the same. I think this is what they call payback.
Knowing that we have a baby girl on the way makes everything seem so much more real and actually calling her by name now has been really exciting! We love you Emery and can't wait to meet you in just a few short months!