NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla.--Matthew and Katlyn Dorris sit in the North Palm Beach office of “Oh Baby” ultrasound. The technician shows them their baby’s arms moving on the monitor. Nearby, toddling around the room, little 1-year-old Aubree Dorris is unaware that she will soon be a big sister. The couple has decided to learn the sex of their next baby.
“For me the biggest thing is just bonding,” Katlyn said.
There are theories swirling around their family about the sex of the baby. Matthew is hoping for a boy.
“I am the last generation with my name for a boy. That’s what I want, I really want a boy,” he said.
In another room, parents Brienne and Michael Wolters are trying to explain to 3-year-old daughter Lily that she will soon have a baby sister named McKenzie.
Since little Aubree and Lily were born, 3-D ultrasound images have gotten sharper. “Oh Baby” says, with such detail, more families are making photo books from the images before baby arrives.
“We have people who come in at genders, and then they come at 37, 38 weeks, so they get to see their baby progress throughout their entire pregnancy,” explained Sabrina Price, an ultrasound technician.
There are more options too. Parents are having the 3D images etched into glass. Artists are turning the images of ultrasounds into paintings. Companies like www.RadiantArtStudios.com are printing the ultrasound images into sun catchers, ornaments and wall panels.
Parties are being thrown for gender reveals at ultrasound businesses, and if the grandparents live too far away, they can see the entire experience via live stream.
The Dorris family continues to wait for the baby to move just right so they can learn its gender. They are having the baby’s heartbeat recorded into a plastic heart that is placed inside a stuffed monkey for the future big sister.
“Oh, it’s killing me, I just want to know,” Katlyn said.
Then, the baby turns just right. Aubrey is getting a little sister.
No matter the advancements, some of the experience will never change.
“It’s just a feeling that you can’t really put into words, I can’t at least. It’s just a feeling that’s amazing,” Katlyn said.