‘Oops! It’s a boy’

Published 2:24 am Saturday, November 14, 2015

When Joseph Jackson Moore was born five weeks ago, his parents had been told so many times he would be a she, they didn’t even realize they had a son.

Christa Moore with baby Joseph Jackson Moore. The family had been told  ‘for 100 percent certain’ they were having a girl.

Christa Moore with baby Joseph Jackson Moore. The family had been told ‘for 100 percent certain’ they were having a girl.

“I thought from the beginning we were having a boy,” his dad, Tod Moore, said. “Christa came from her first ultrasound and asked me if I wanted to know the gender. When I said, ‘yes,’ she said we were having a girl.”

That was fine with the first-time parents, but still, Tod had a nagging feeling.

“I sat on it for a few days, and then I asked her, ‘When are you going back again?’ When she told me, I said, ‘Get somebody else to look at it and see what they think.’ ”

So Christa asked the nurse, who agreed the couple should expect a girl. Still, Tod was convinced.

“I said, ‘I’m writing these checks to Dr. (Joe) Browning. I’d like for him to tell us.’ ”

At her next appointment, Christa asked the doctor. After another ultrasound, he told the couple, “Without a doubt, it’s going to be a girl.”

Undeterred, Tod asked for another doctor in the practice to take a look. Dr. Carney voted with the majority, and told Christa, “Without a doubt, 100 percent, you’re having a girl.”

“At this point, I gave in and said, ‘OK. Buy all the pink stuff there is.’ “

In the delivery room, Tod was busy cutting the cord when Dr. Browning said, “I sure missed that one.”

“I didn’t know what he was talking about. The nurse started laughing and said, ‘You had a boy.’ I went and looked and said, ‘By golly, you are right.’ ”

The Moores had a case full of pink clothes for the little girl they expected.

“I wouldn’t let him wear them,” Tod said. “I did let him wear the pink mitts the first night because I didn’t want him to scratch his face.”

Both of Tod’s parents are deceased, so they had planned to name their daughter Juliana Faith after his mom. Instead, they quickly decided upon Joseph Jackson Moore – after Tod and his father. The baby weighed seven pounds and seven ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

The couple was told by an ultrasound tech who’s worked in the field 17 years, this is only the second time she’s seen this happen.

Maternal grandparents are Ron and Phyllis Grimes of Andalusia. Paternal grandparents were the late Joseph Emil and Julie Pate Moore, formerly of Tuscaloosa.