By Hayley Pugh
A couple who were expecting their third baby girl were stunned to discover they were in fact having a boy as the mum-to-be went into labour – despite up to EIGHT scans telling them otherwise.
Sarah Heaney and her husband William Govan, eagerly kitted out their new bundle of joy with pink clothes, dummies, blankets, teddies and even a pink crib after a private gender scan at 17 weeks revealed they were expecting their third baby girl.
The couple from, County Down in Northern Ireland, also bought baby grows adorned with the words ‘little sister’ but were shocked when a final scan on the day their baby was born revealed their little girl was actually a boy.
Remarkably Sarah had had private gender scans at 17 weeks, an NHS gender scan at 20 and growth scans every three weeks from around 25 weeks – following concerns over the baby’s size.
All of the sonographers and three different consultants said they believed the couple would be welcoming another girl to their clan but after going two days overdue Sarah went into hospital for a sweep and a final scan confirmed she was actually having a boy.
The shocked mum received the news alone while her husband took their two other children, Ella, seven and Abbie, three, to the park.
She filmed their funny reactions when they came to collect her in the car – with eldest daughter Ella bashing her head in disbelief on her car seat.
The family then rushed into town and Sarah, who had already started having contractions, waited patiently in the car while William, a care worker, dashed into the shops to pick up a few new baby grows.
Max, who is now 12 weeks old, arrived later that evening weighing 7lbs 1oz.
Sarah said: When I first found out I was having a girl I was happy enough. I already had two girls, most of my friends had girls and I’d never really been around boys so I thought at least I knew what I was doing.
“I was quite excited about my girl tribe but the ironic thing is my eldest daughter really wanted a brother so I had to keep drumming it into her that it was a girl and that it was going to be fun.
“That’s why we bought the little sister clothes to try and include the girls in what was happening.
“We had narrowed it down to two names, Luna and Penny. The girls preferred Luna so they had been calling the baby that for ages.
“My youngest still got confused at the start even after he was born and was calling Max, Luna.
“In my sleep deprived state I sometimes called him a she and referred to him as her too.
“I couldn’t believe it when the sonographer at the final scan said she thought it was a boy.
“I just felt the blood drain from me. I couldn’t talk for ages and my body felt all weird.
“My husband isn’t usually an emotional person so I was surprised to see him react like that. Ella’s reaction was just hilarious.
“When Max arrived I asked everyone to double check and sure enough he was a boy.
“It was a bit of a whirlwind at the time but he is perfect and we wouldn’t change him for the world.”