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Parents Told Wrong Sex of Baby at Ultrasound

It's a Girl! Nope, It's a Boy!

A friend of mine recently delivered a bouncing baby boy for whom she's head over heels. Having a son was a big surprise, and not because they waited to find out the sex.

At 20 weeks, the couple went in for a regular ultrasound and was told they were having a girl. Ecstatic, the parents-to-be proceeded to decorate the nursery in all pink! They even had the name selected when they went in for a second ultrasound late in the pregnancy and were told that the baby, in fact, was a boy!

To see how they took the news,


Coming to terms with this news took some time, as both parents had already identified with what they thought to be a baby girl. They exchanged most of the nursery items and clothing they had purchased, but were stuck with a few, like the Pottery Barn Kids crib set that was a seasonal item and could not be returned. It sits in the garage waiting for a sister that might come one day.

Though mom and dad wouldn't have had it any other way now, how would you swallow this news if it were delivered to you?

wonderwoman80 wonderwoman80 9 years
I totally had this fear in the back of my mind that even though I was told it was a boy that it was actually a girl. I thought they usually got it wrong the other way (thinking it was a boy and its a girl) b/c sometime the cord looks like his business...
starbright14 starbright14 9 years
I don't think ANYONE would really be disappointed in an opposite-than-thought gendered baby, I think the problem is that the couple is bonding and planning for one sex, and is handed another. It's just a quick, rough adjustment, and one I don't envy in the least!
rgrl rgrl 9 years
I am expecting a girl this time.. or at least I think so because the ultrasound showed that. The tech seemed pretty certain, so I hope she was right. I would be sad to never use all the cute girl things I got and we have a boy so that wish was fulfilled.
catixavi catixavi 9 years
Well, I'm a little bit curious, 'cause the doctor said that is a girl, but I've always felt that was a boy... We got lots of baby girl's stuff... I don't know what should I do if it happens to me, but I will try to exchange all of those things!!!
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
i agree with longhorn all the way!
Advah Advah 9 years
In Edinburgh (don't know if they do that anywhere else) they just won't tell you the sex of the baby - too many people have sued hospitals when they found out it was a girl instead of a boy or vice versa. Crazy.
AnnaLove AnnaLove 9 years
Lol, if I were that man I'd be more than a little embarrassed :) It's gotta be a blow to his self confidence for the baby's ding-dong to be missed!
backfat backfat 9 years
I had an ultrasound at 18 weeks and they said it was a girl. Im thrilled to have another little girl to make my magic three, but I had a dream recently that I had another ultrasound and they were saying it was a boy. I countered all this buy making the big purchases (travel systems, swings, bouncers and the like) gender neutral. This way the items that do need to be taken back or better yet eBayed are just clothing and easily replaced things. I had a second ultrasound last night because I was having symptoms of preterm labor at 26 weeks and the tech said she's "definitely a girl" still. I'm still keeping boys names in mind in case little Violet turns out to be Baby Mark.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
i'd be grateful to have a healthy child, boy or girl!
khrystena khrystena 9 years
One of my girlfriends had that happen. She was prepared for a girl, and gave birth to a boy. Thank goodness for already having a boy for clothes and able to share, but she was prepared for her girl.
wingedkiare wingedkiare 9 years
I know a few people who were told they had girls, and it wound up being a boy. Most were fine, but one woman was devastated. There was no surprising us - with both my boys, it was very clear in the ultrasound that they were boys. (My mom said that with my sister, they weren't quite sure the first time they did an ultrasound - she had her hand over her crotch the entire time. However, when she was ill later in the pregnancy and they did an ultrasound at the hospital.... there was no doubt she was a girl. As it was, I designed the nursery to be filled with lots of different colors - not just blues. And while it had a pirate theme to it, I'm proof enough that girls can like piratey things.
luckyme luckyme 9 years
What a crazy surprise! For what it's worth, when we had our ultra sound done, the tech basically said that it's really pretty difficult to make a mistake. She said the baby can hide and you obviously wouldn't know, but that it's very hard to call it 100% the wrong way. Regardless, we still went neutral. Her room is soft green and yellows. And her theme is Classic it wouldn't have mattered if she was a he...hell the name would have even worked!
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
Even though it's rare to be told you are having a boy and end up having a girl (unlike the other way around), I was really nervous about it after getting so many boy things at the shower and decorating the nursery. I would have loved a second ultrasound just to confirm. And if I thought I were having a girl and it was a boy, I admit I would be pretty upset for awhile since I really want a girl. I think if I am ever told I'm carrying a girl, I'll pay out of pocket for a second ultrasound or something. This actually happened to my husband's cousin, who thought she was having the first girl in the family. Turns out it was a boy and they had to scramble to choose a new name and stuff. In her case, they already had a boy, so clothes weren't an issue, but I know they were all very disappointed at first.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Oh man... see? Now I'm nervous. At 18 weeks we found out we're having a boy. I wouldn't be bummed if it were a girl. I'd just be bummed about trying to return stuff I'll get at my shower.
LA-Mommy712 LA-Mommy712 9 years
Love the baseballs! What happened to your friends was why I kept everything a bit neutral after I found out I was having a boy at 20 weeks. I think it's a bit less common for a "it's a boy!" at 20 weeks to turn into "it's a girl!" later on, but it does still happen. So, when we picked stuff out for Jack, we used a lot of yellows and greens, with blue pieces as accents. I figured that way, at the last minute, I could go exchange the blue accents for pink, lavender or peach accents. But as to how I would take the news ... I would be so over the moon that I had a little girl at 20 weeks, that at first I'd probably be pretty upset (pregnancy hormones would not help, either!). I would probably shed a few tears over the fact that now I couldn't use the girly items I'd bought. Then I'd probably start looking at cute boys stuff, and in the end, end up where your friend is now -- wouldn't have it any other way! :)
ann418 ann418 9 years
That's why I'm a fan of everything being a little neutral. Your daughter isn't going to care if her entire nursery is in pink or not. And where can I find those "It's a Boy/Girl" baseballs?
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