Hayley, 33, had painted her nursery pink, filled it with girly gear, picked the name Isabella and written it on the room’s walls.
Friends threw her a pink-themed baby shower with gifts including an ornament engraved with Isabella, but Hayley was in for a shock when she gave birth after 33-hours of labour at a hospital in Stockton on Tees, County Durham, just over a week ago.
She said: “When the midwife said, ‘He’s here’ I was like, ‘What do you mean He?’
“At two scans I’d been told my baby was a girl”. But when she gave him a cleanup and lifted him she saw his bits.
It meant she had to come up with a new name – Alfie – as well as redecorate the nursery and take back a load of clothing.
Single mum Hayley, a teaching assistant, added that was the craziest experience.
Her dad had quipped, “What would you do if you had a boy?” and it happened.
She said she was over the moon when she found out she was going to have a girl, but that she absolutely loves Alfie and wouldn’t change him for the world and that it was meant to be.
Hayley isn’t the first this has happened to and it won’t be the last, but baby scans are not 100 per cent accurate and errors can be made and what’s wrong with not knowing what sex your baby is and waiting for the surprise at the end of the delivery?
Of course, this is barely a story, it happens all the time, but it’s so nice that the baby was born healthy and that should be the most important thing when having a baby, not the gender of what the baby will be.