Post # 1
I’m having a minor panic episode about the gender of my little one. I was told at my 16 week appt that I have a little mister on the way but part of me is worried they saw the cord or something down there. And it’s not that I wouldn’t be excited about a girl, I’m just getting nervous because everyone is buying us boy stuff and we’re starting on his room this weekend and it’s a cowboy rustic theme and I hate to do too much if it ends up being a girl. Not that we would do something uber girly but I’d like to plan. And also I guess the room doesn’t really matter since baby spends most of the first few months in the parents room anyway.
I would just like to hear your stories if you have any 🙂
Post # 3
Back in the day they got my gender wrong. They told my mom I was going to be a boy, so in utero my name was Zach. When I came out I was definitely a girl and my name is not Zach 😛 I think ultrasound technology has advanced since my mom had me though, they are probably better at it these days.
Post # 4
While I know that it is possible for this to happen, I personally don’t know of anyone that it’s happened to, nor do I know of any second-degree stories (friend of a friend) that it has happened to. When we had our gender ultrasound, the tech explained that nowadays, instead of just looking for penis or no-penis, they can actually see full genitalia so it’s much harder to mess up! So I’m hoping they got ours right as well 🙂 I’m definitely interested in following this thread though in case anyone else has had this happen …
Post # 5
@SouthernSunshine: my parents did! technology is much better now than it was in the 80’s, but my parents had named me James, and I came out a girl! they weren’t even prepared with a name! haha!
Post # 6
My mom’s friend was told her child was a boy, so she and her husband got all this blue stuff and even had a muralist paint an airport in the nursery.
They had a daughter. The dad went home to repaint the nursery and buy girl clothes while the mom was still in the hospital.
This was in the 80s, though, and that’s the only story I’ve ever heard. Technology has gotten better, and I don’t think it happens much anymore.
Post # 7
DH’s sister’s ultrasound was wrong, but that was 20 years ago. I had the same fear about my little guy, but he’s definitely all boy 🙂 I wouldn’t worry about it too much. Just plan for the boy and if you end up with a girl (chances are slim), it will be a great story and I think you’ll find that people would buy a second present in the “correct” gender.
Post # 8
My mother was told she was having a boy. She ended up having twin girls (my sister, the other was stillborn). I’ve not heard of anyone in the past decade though that had a false ultrasound.
Post # 9
My friend was told very early that she was having a girl (she works at a hospital and a co-worker did it for her) but it actually ended up being a boy when she found out a few weeks later.
I’d say at 16-20 weeks, you’re doctor has a pretty good idea. Ask for confirmation at a later u/s if you’d like.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
My BIL [who is almost 11] was supposed to be a girl & is obviously not ;]. DH is the oldest with 3 younger brothers now. His stepmom [the two younger boys are technically his half brothers] was so disappointed actually! She even still has a dress that was supposed to be for the baby girl. No one can hardly imagine not having all those boys now though!
Post # 11
I’m worried about this too, since it happened to someone I know! She had a u/s and they told her it was a girl… a lovely boy was born instead. They were thrilled albeit a little unprepared.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
A friend was told “it’s a girl” by the u/s tech. They bought all girl things. 2 weeks before my friend was due she went in for another u/s. The tech made a comment about my friend having a boy, at which point in time my friend responded that, no, it was a girl. The tech looked again and very clearly pointed out the boy parts on the u/s image. So with 2 weeks until her due date, my friend was exchanging a whole lot of pink items. lol
This was 14 years ago. Hopefully technology has improved since then. FWIW, that friend now has 3 boys. She was destined to be the mother of boys. 🙂
Post # 13
My BIL was supposed to be a girl but in the delivery room they said “it’s a boy!”. Mother-In-Law was so surpised the doctors made her stay in the hospital a few extra nights to make sure she didn’t have PPD. She wasn’t depressed, just shocked as she had had numerous ultrasounds and they never saw the boy parts 😛 This was also in the 80s, I haven’t heard of it happening anymore.
Post # 14
My friend was told she was having a girl, in delivery had a boy…he is 3 now
Post # 15
A friend of a friend *just* had this happen to her. She was told she was having a girl, had a baby shower and got lots of girly stuff, and then had a boy.
I do think, however, that it’s much more common to miss the boy part and think it’s a girl than to think there’s a penis but have it end up being a girl.
Post # 16
Technology has come a long, long, long way since these horror stories from the 80s. As the sister of a sonographer, they are told not to share the gender of the baby unless they are as close to positive as they can be. The first time I was pregnant, I asked them to check 4 times. All 4 times, they were certain it was a girl. Needless to say… I had a girl.
Sometimes I think parents are told, “it looks like it might be…”, or “it could possibly be…” and they run with it even though it’s not a known fact.