Despite the advancements in technology and medical science, surprises still do happen when it comes to determining the sex of a baby through ultrasound.
Danielle and Kyle Williams from Belleville, Michigan can attest to this. The couple already had a two-year-old daughter, Peyton, when Danielle became pregnant for the second time. When she was four months old, Peyton ran out of blood and was diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anemia – a rare disease with only 800 known cases in North America. The Williams family has been running the non-profit volunteer organization Peyton’s Pals which focuses on raising awareness and research funds since.
In October 2014, about four months in Danielle’s second pregnancy, the couple had an ultrasound check scheduled. They were eager to find out whether their baby is healthy, but also whether they will be having a boy or a girl.
Kyle recounted the experience for CBS’ Inside Edition newsmagazine:
“We were told it wasn’t the best sonogram picture when she printed it for us, but she assured us she saw at the very beginning of the ultrasound that it was, in fact, a baby sister for our daughter.”
They decided they would name their second daughter Charlee.
“My wife has been collecting baby clothes and has been adding to our girls’ clothing collection,” Kyle told the Daily News. “But we knew the baby would be staying in our room for the first few months so we didn’t set up the nursery yet, thankfully.”
Danielle had a difficult second birth in early 2015, which lasted twenty hours and had to be completed through a c-section due to fetal distress. Finally, on the 3rd of March, a healthy baby boy was delivered. Kyle explains the mixture of happiness and bewilderment following the excruciating process:
“I just kept looking back and forth at my wife, not saying anything to her, and she finally frantically asked me, ‘What’s wrong?!’ And all I could say to her was, ‘Well, there’s a BIT of a surprise’.”
Numerous factors such as the baby’s position in the womb, gestational fluid, and the timing of the ultrasound can influence a mistake in reading the fetus’ gender. Kyle and Danielle Williams were, of course, over the moon their baby was healthy, despite having to go shopping for baby clothes all over again.
But it did not end there. The entire extended family had been expecting a girl, so Danielle and Kyle decided to play a trick on them and filmed various relatives finding out the news. The compilation video of their reactions has become a real online hit.
The highlight is Danielle’s mother, who was asked to change the baby’s diaper while believing she had a granddaughter named Charlee.
“Well Charles welcome to the world!” she exclaimed after the shock wore off. “You little stinker, oh my goodness.”
Check out the video below!