We knew we wanted to find out the gender of this baby at the 20 week ultrasound, and I was anticipating another boy. I’ve loved being a mother of two wild and crazy little boys. In the back of my mind I was hoping it would be a girl, but I didn’t let myself think about it too much or get to attached to the idea. But no matter how much I told myself to not get my hopes up, I just felt – KNEW – that this baby was a girl. Not only has this pregnancy been so different than the last two, but this time around I’ve felt like I’ve known who the little person inside of me was before we’ve even had the chance to meet.
When the ultrasound tech said “girl,” I just burst into tears. Yes, partly because of the hormones, but mostly because I was just so stinking happy. Like over the moon.
I can’t even believe it. A girl!!! Holy cow. Or as my friend said when I told her, holy guacamole! It’s still so hard to believe. I know we are in for a huge transition and, oh my word, I can’t even wrap my mind around “girl” after four years of alllll “boy,” but I’m ready!
Here are a few photos from the evening I shared the news with Mike:
And a few from the evening when we shared the news with family:
The other night, we went for a family walk; just Mike and me, Theo, Oliver…and Ben, our next door neighbor and Theo’s adopted big brother. Theo and Ben were walking together (holding hands, so, so adorable…Ben is 15 by the way) and I asked Theo if he told Ben his news yet. Theo looked up at Ben and said, “I’m going to have a baby sister!” We all smiled and then I said, “That’s right! Your little sister is so lucky to have two older brothers to take care of her.” To that, Ben replied, “Three. She’ll have three older brothers.”
In that moment, my heart just melted. We have so many people to love in our life, and so many people that love us back. I’m eternally grateful for all the people I’ve been blessed to call my own, whether they are literal flesh and blood, or simply those we’ve adopted as family. This, is what life is all about. About the love, people. It’s about the love.