A regular at the nonstress test clinic, the staff and I have become rather familiar with each other. Yesterday, however, I met a new clinician in training. Nice as could be, she was clearly not as experienced as the other ladies. First, she squirted ice cold gel on my belly instead of the typically warmed substance. As she began to rub the wand over my stomach, I told her that we were keeping the gender a surprise. She said, "Well that's good because I probably wouldn't be able to tell you anyway!" I shot my husband a look across the room. If the technician can't tell me the difference between a boy and a girl baby at 37 weeks, what exactly can she tell?
Often the best way to learn something is to use a hands-on approach, which was clearly the method being practiced. I was happy to be lab rat for the afternoon, but I also felt a tad cheated. Maybe by next week's visit, and God please let there be one, she will have it all figured out or maybe, just maybe, I'll see one of my old friends instead.
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