Our baby, tentatively named “Number 2″, is now 15 weeks old and growing nicely. Here’s a recent ultrasound we did of the baby:
You can now see the hands and head, etc. I think the baby is trying to put its thumb into its mouth. During the ultrasound, we also decided to do a new genetic test for our child called the MaterniT21 test. It’s recently available in the US, and also Japan (according to Japanese TV). The test is supposed to be more than 99% accurate, and tests for certain genetic diseases including Down’s Syndrome. It also tells you the gender of the baby. Since my wife and I are now in our mid-30s, the risk for Down’s Syndrome is higher, and we decided we should get the test done (we didn’t do any such tests for the first child, 7 years ago).
Anyhow, the good news was that they detected no genetic diseases. We had to wait almost 2 weeks, but when the results came, we were relieved.
We also learned that the baby is a boy. My daughter really wanted a little sister, so when we told her it was a boy, she cried. It was cute and silly. But, now that we know it is a boy, we can finally give it a name. Of course, I can’t tell you on the blog, but we decided on a good (but not too exotic) Scottish name for him, since my family has Scottish heritage. His middle name will come from his grandfather in Japan.
We did the same thing for my daughter: English first name, Japanese middle name (after her grandmother in Japan). In both cases, we tried to decide on names that could be pronounced easily in both Japanese and English, and were uncommon, but not too exotic or unusual. Like names in Japan, today’s children in the US tend to have unusual names, or unusual spellings. I wonder why parents these days want to give kids such unusual, difficult names to spell. It doesn’t make your child any smarter or more interesting. It does make the parents seem more pretentious. ;p
Anyhow, Number 2 is a boy, and seems to be growing nicely.