I. is 10. I. is insatiably curious. I. never, ever accepts things at face value, always questioning, pondering, overthinking.
I think I. is very lucky to be home schooled. He can ask all the questions he wants and we stop and answer many of them. Were he in school he'd be told to stop talking out of turn (because usually his questions have nothing to do with the subject at hand) and to stop asking questions all the time ... trust me, he would, even we tell him to stop asking a lot of the time. But the home school thing really has nothing to do with my post and isn't meant to start a homeschooling debate ... because I don't debate the issue, viewing it simply as our personal choice, what works for us.
Anyway, I. has spent some time analyzing television commercials and has become quite cynical and jaded. When 4 out of 5 dentists recommend I. knows that might mean that only 4 dentists out of 500 recommended. He knows perfectly well that free never means free and he'll tell you exactly how a product or service isn't going to be free. Usually, he's right in his reasoning, but sometimes he's just too doubtful and has to be reeled in a bit.
When we found out in July that we were having a boy everyone was happy and excited and thinking blue. Except I. Why? Because they might be wrong. He hadn't been there, hadn't seen boy parts himself, and wasn't willing to buy that this babe is going to be a boy ... he just didn't have any proof. Lots of questions following ... how often are they wrong, how can they know for sure, what will we do if it's a girl, what if they'd just seen something else and thought it was boy parts, etc.
So I. accompanied me to the most recent ultrasound. Given his scientific nature I knew he'd love the whole thing anyway. I have ultrasounds at least every four weeks, because of my age, bleeding problems, and a fibroid, and at this point the focus shifts more towards the umbilical cord, amniotic fluid, and a few specific parts of the baby. The umbilical cord is isolated in the images, colorized, and the flow is "listened to". It's very cool and I find it quite fascinating myself.
I. loved the whole thing. He sat on the edge of his seat, asked a million non-stop questions, and his eyes never left the screen. The tech. was thrilled to try to answer his questions (there were some she wasn't sure about) and loved having such an enthralled kid in the room. Just for him the tech. switched the ultrasound to 3D/4D for a minute or so. I didn't know they had that capability on their machines ... but, oh my gosh, was that ever awesome! We hadn't ever seen anything like that with the other kids so this was a completely new experience for both me and him. I. was in awe (so was Mommy). Here is the image we were given.
The babe is doing wonderfully. Breech, but he'll be a c-section anyway so that's ok. Everything looked perfect.
But to answer the big question ... is it really a boy? Well, his legs were crossed (and his feet near his mouth) but she was certain she saw the scrotum. Was that enough for I.? Nope. Not enough proof positive for him. He's just going to have to wait until the babe is born to know for sure.