Picture an Angel – 3D Ultrasound

At 14 weeks pregnant, I went for a 3D ultrasound and I was told the gender of my baby. After weeks of being told by everyone including doctors that their prediction was a boy, I was told it was a girl. Immediately, my husband and I proceeded to Ikea to start the nursery. Both in a little bit of shock, we quietly drove toward shopping heaven as we reflected on the ultrasound experience. Of course, we were overjoyed to know the gender of our baby so we didn’t put much thought into the process. I imagined pink little tutus and a dream nursery with bright pinks and greens. Never for one minute did I question the ultrasound technician, until now!

Yesterday, I was reading reviews on the 3D ultrasound location that we randomly chose from an internet search and the outlook was bleak. Other visitors complained of bad service and dirty surroundings, but what was most disturbing was the comments on misreading the ultrasound and saying, with certainty, that the gender was something else. Now, with a worried mindset and substantial research, I’m going to go to Picture an Angel for a second look. My doctor’s appointment is only 3 weeks away, but 3 weeks to a pregnant woman who already decorated a nursery is a lifetime.

Picture an Angel reviews claim the best 3D and 4D ultrasounds in the Orange County area with a comfortable, relaxed environment. With a great reputation for customer service and high quality ultrasound images, I hope this experience is more beneficial than the last.

I hope that they exceed my expectations and leave me without question. I’ll keep you posted.

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39 thoughts on “Picture an Angel – 3D Ultrasound

  1. My last baby, 17 years ago now, was the first one where ultrasound technology was available but I still opted for the “surprise” at birth. Go with gender neutral (if it is not too late) decor and enjoy, whatever the Universe sends you to parent.

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  2. Please see http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/nursery-of-my-dreams/ and you’ll see that it’s a little late for neutral 😉

    We are so overjoyed to be parents that we may have gone overboard with the decorating a little early. Regardless, we’re already happier than we ever thought imaginable. Besides, if it’s a boy, my husband and I will have a beautiful pink and green forest theme room for ourselves; I’m sure he’ll be overjoyed about that 😉

    Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment,

    Lesley

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  3. My youngest (of four) was supposedly a girl according to the ultrasound technician who apparently had an impressive track record up to that point. We were thrilled because it meant two boys and two girls. Perfect right? Well it was a boy and all things considered, he’s been even more than perfect.

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    • Regardless of gender, we’re happier than we’ve ever been and love him or her more than words can express. I’ll gladly take the girly pinks for our room and re-do the nursery for a boy if that’s the case. Having my own beautiful child with the man of my dreams is perfect, even if we need to redecorate the room a 1000 times over.

      Good luck with your family and I wish you all the happiness in the world. You’re obviously very happy with the gender, regardless of the surprise 🙂

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  4. All of our kids have used the ultra sound technique, we however, did not, preferring to be pleasantly surprised. My nephew was told that they were going to have a little girl, they picked out a name, painted her room pink.

    My mother got really busy at her sewing machine, sewed up all these lovely little dresses for the expected new arrival. When the blessed day arrived, the doctor turned and looked at my nephew and said, “What were you going to call this baby” as it was being delivered, and he said “Brianna.”

    The doctor smiled and said, “Might want to change that to Brian.”

    Man hopes, plans and schemes … And then God smiles.

    You have a nice site.

    DS

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    • Thanks for the beautiful words. After going to a different 3D ultrasound location and receiving confirmation that it is a girl, I feel confident that it is in fact a girl. We did paint the room pink and green and we have a name picked out, but I still wouldn’t be disappointed if it is a boy. Life is funny that way and we always try to make the best of it.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment,

      Lesley

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    • It’s a girl! After going to a different 3D ultrasound location and receiving confirmation, I feel confident that it is in fact a girl. I wouldn’t have been disappointed either way, but I’m happy to know. I’m a planner when it comes to this sort of thing and I love creating a girly room and buying girly clothes. It’s all a beautiful journey and I want to enjoy every minute of it.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated.

      Lesley

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    • Children and family have always been important to me; that’s why I became a teacher. I smile every day at the thought of having my own precious baby. I can’t wait to experience life’s adventures with her and my husband.

      It must be wonderful to have both a daughter and a son. You are blessed.

      Lesley

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  5. I would think most of the time they will be right but in my experience with my doctors, they said 20 weeks is a good timeframe to get an ultrasound to find out the gender. Too early and it could be hard to tell (not developed as much) and too much later things start to get all jumbled in there and then arms and legs could block the view. Either way as you’ve said though, you will be completely blessed. The nursery looks great! I have a friend with a 4 yr. old boy and he just loooooves pink.

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    • It’s a girl! After going to a different 3D ultrasound location and receiving confirmation, I feel confident that it is in fact a girl. I wouldn’t have been disappointed either way, but I’m happy to know.

      The nursery could have easily been converted to a boy’s nursery, but the excessive clothes that I already have are definitively for a girl. I would have had some changes to make if it was a boy, but I still would have enjoyed every minute of it.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; it’s appreciated,

      Lesley

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  6. Your posts have expressed your excitement to us, the readers, and it’s wonderful that you are looking forward to your new arrival with such energy and enthusiasm, gender irrespective. It sound like you will make awesome parents!! Congratulations and best wishes!

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    • Thank you Steve! I can’t wait to share life’s adventures with my child, regardless of the gender, but after a second ultrasound confirmation that it’s a girl, I’m thinking the excessive pink was not a mistake 🙂

      I love your photos! Keep posting.

      Lesley

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  7. So exciting! I really hope you continue having amazing adventures with baby in tow! Be sure to blog lots! I bet there`s lots of parents out there who would love to hear about travelling with kids!
    Good luck!

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    • I can only hope that my child/children will love to travel and explore as much as I do.

      I can’t see that aspect of my life changing any time soon, regardless of how many children we have. Do you have kids?

      Thanks for reading,

      Lesley

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  8. Hi Lesley,

    Thank you so much for “liking” my blog post on Babies Making Music.

    Being a first time mom is such an exciting time. It looks like you have had many amazing experiences in your life that are hard to top…but having your own little one will trump them all!

    I hope you are thinking of sharing the gift of music with your little girl. It is such a wonderful way to connect with your little one while at the same time enhancing their development. I don’t know if there are any Orff Method classes in Orange County but would be happy to research it for you if you like.

    I would love to keep in touch as you continue your pregnancy journey and beyond.

    Congratulations on your bundle to be!

    Sincerely,

    Heather

    ps: I too was hesitant about my ultrasound results…and got extreme anxiety at the end as we had a pink and purple nursery with nothing but pink and purple clothes, baby gear and toys!

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  9. I am impressed with how laid back you seem. But even the most experienced UT technicians have told some of my friends one thing and it came out another!

    This is first time not knowing, cause its illegal here. Sounds like you have had some great adventures, i enjoyed checking out your blog after i saw you liked my post, you could backpack that baby all over India for some adventures!

    love that you dont plan on slowing down after baby… too many women retreat into house hermitness.

    Heidi w.

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  10. Dear Lesley: My heartfelt congratulations on your baby. Since I intend to share some advice with you, let me start by introducing myself and my family, so that you may know from where my advices are coming from. My wife and I have 6 kids, 5 alive and one in Heaven (an early miscarriage). Names and ages are: Johanna (30), Stefan (28), Judith (25), Katherina (23) and Gabriel (13). All of them were born by Cesarean section, (do not let any obstetrician fool you into believing that 3 C-sections is the maximum allowed) ,all of them were planned pregnancies and have been a source of never-ending adventures and joys, also with its share of griefs and worries. I was raised in a family with just two boys, my brother and yours truly, and my wife comes from a really large family: 5 boys and 5 girls, so we have been able to compare firsthand advantages and shortcomings of different homes. So, here I go, asking beforehand your benevolence, because English is my second language and it shows once in a while, and my point of view may not be precisely politically correct.
    First of all, dive into your motherhood just as you do in all your adventures: accepting the risks, the compromises and the price you must pay, while you go to the limit, accepting no compromises. You and your husband made a very generous decision, donating yourselves so that another human being can live and thrive. Live accordingly and ask from God to be as Wise, Kind and Generous as He is, aware that no one can do more on behalf of your baby than you and your husband. You should keep this in mind while being aware that:
    – Even more important than the love of you for the baby, is the love between you and your husband. Nothing compares to the stability and well-being that stems from the fact that, no matter what, parents will always love and respect each other. So, even if the “mental anguish” or “character incompatibility” may be overburdening you and your husband, do not even think about divorce: your baby does not deserve that much pain, even if nowadays it is widely spread. So is cancer and AIDS and none of us wants that for our kids.
    – Even more important than having nice things and loving parents, is the joy that comes from siblings, and the closer they are in age, the greater the companionship and closeness they enjoy. Do not believe the doomsayers that for more than two generations are crying: “There are already too many of us! The world is almost out of resources!” because you can testify that there are still vast spaces waiting for us, many leisurely activities to be enjoyed, even if they consume a sizable amount of resources, like taking-off in a plane just to dive out of it (I have my paratrooper wings, so I know what I am talking about). So, the saying that goes “the more the merrier” is absolutely true. If you were to be around while we celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday, the laughter, the warmth and the good food would be enough to confirm this.
    – Do not fear pain, in any of the many ways it accompanies parenthood. If you do not sleep enough, your schedule revolves around the baby’s needs, if you will make her suffer once in a while in the process of helping her become a great person, not a spoiled brat, if you need to spend countless sleepless nights comforting a sick child, the tiredness, tears and sorrows will vanish eventually, leaving behind an amazing amount of love and light. Therefore, do not yield to the many invitations to selfishness that every parent hears. Flush them down the drain, so to speak, and keep up the good work, as you do when rock-climbing, for instance. If you were to choose comfort, you stay on the ground or you stay single, and thank God, neither has been your choice. God bless you, your child and your husband.

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  11. It’s a girl! Aww! One of the reasons I write on my blogs is to keep a record for my son (who is 10) to read in the future of my life in Brazil-the memories of it. He even has his own little blog site on WordPress and will blog once in a while. His teacher said his writing has improved as a result. Great blog!

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  12. One of the goals of my husband and I in recently starting our homegrown business was to grow it to the point where we will be able to travel on a regular basis and show our children the world. I am excited to hear how your travels go with little one in tow!

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  13. Congrats on your little bundle of joy! Trust me you’ll be so happy regardless of what it is once he or she gets here. I knew in my heart I was having a boy even before we found out. I kept saying I want a girl but I’m pretty sure we are having a boy. I know we are having a boy. Then when I was 18 weeks we found out it was a boy. I wouldn’t change my little guy for nothing! He came into this world at 33 weeks and 6 days but he has been the most positive influence on me ever. I’m glad here is here and I love him so much. He is already three weeks old yesterday! I can’t wait to find out what your having!!!

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  14. Hi Lesley,

    You are my first “liker” that I don’t actually know in the real world so thank you for taking the time to read and like my blog http://www.mrbunnychow.com I’m nowhere near as organised as you and my tagging has been lazy and sporadic but there is plenty to read about the joys of babies even if it’s written from the fathers perspective.

    Congratulations on your expected bundle of joy, they will change your life but only in a good way. Please shout if you want to know anything about your impending delivery and I’ll do my best to answer with an honesty you might not get from someone you’re paying.

    In regards to travel, if you ever want to go to Zimbabwe my father works as something of a semi retired so highly customisable and cheap tour guide.

    Please do let me know how you found me so I have an idea of what I’m doing.

    Take care

    Mr Bunny Chow

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  15. At 14 weeks, it’s difficult to tell what gender munchkin is. Typically it’s best to find out from 18-22 weeks because the sonographer can be sure that what they’re seeing between the legs isn’t just a vulva in development (it’s all swollen until that 18-22 timeline). So it’s hard to tell. Also-3D/4D sonograms (while fun) don’t really show much. Yeah, you have to wait a few weeks (pain in the butt!!) but it’ll be worth it to have your doc take a gander with you. 🙂

    By now you should have your answers (I’m reading this late) and be much more content! I myself am 14wks with our second, so it’s nice to read about another mama going through pregnancy at the same time. I like your blog!

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  16. We went the surprise route. Everyone told me they were sure it was a boy given the way I was carrying. I will never forget the words – congratulations, it is a girl! I told the doctor that he was wrong as everyone told me I was having a boy. His immediate response was – who is everyone? I told him people at restaurants, the mall, etc. In other words, experts! I hope all is going well with your pregnancy.

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    • We are now 100% certain it’s a girl, but I would have been completely happy with redecorating the room if it was a boy. I’ve reached the point where I can feel her kick and I’m constantly walking around with a smile on my face. Being pregnant is a truly amazing experience.

      How many children do you have?

      Lesley

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      • As a mother of almost 40-somethings—I am smiling over this comment. I had thought I told my God that I could only raise boys–guess something got lost in the translation. I have TWO GREAT DAUGHTERS. I wonder how often in a parent’s life that you have to do total 1-80;s and then completely find out it was the most wonderful thing to have happened? (PS–one of my girls totally rejected “pink” and dolls. The other one couldn’t live without a Strawberry Shortcake infusion. Hmmmm.) All the very best–barb

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  17. Congrats on the baby! LOL, I was completely sure I was going to have a girl…and then the ultrasound showed a boy! He’s now 5 months old. 🙂

    Also, can I say you are living my dream by traveling the world! I always, always wanted to do that (combined with being an archeologist). Of course life had different ideas. But I am happy about where life’s taken me. Thanks for liking my blog post on my new mommy blog! 🙂

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  18. Don’t want to rain on your parade but my brother and sis-in-law did this and where told a girl. We were so excited but when baby arrived, it was a he. We all adore him and I’m sure that boy or girl, you will too but be careful about too much pink. I was sent the day Olly was born to buy a more masculine Queens Park Rangers babygrow!!

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    • I’ve had 3 ultrasounds, the 20 weeks ultrasound and two from local 3D offices, and they all said the same thing so I’m almost certain it’s a girl. That being said, I wouldn’t be disappointed if it was a boy; we do have a boy’s name picked out and most of the room is green and yellow. The hot pink parts like the crib could easily be re-painted if a surprise were to happen. We’re truly just happy that we’re going to be parents, regardless of the gender. I can’t wait to show my baby the world! I can do that with a boy or a girl 🙂

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  19. Found your blog after you liked mine! Congrats on your baby! When are you due? Yay for little girls. I’m so sorry that the luck of the draw was crappy! Boo! I need to read more posts to see how your journey has progressed!

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