Thursday, December 10, 2009

the girl

well, i've posted it on facebook and twitter and texted or called everyone i know, so it's not really news, but since this blog is also my version of our baby book, i'm going to have to post it here, too. sorry if it's the 40th time you've heard the tale...

yesterday, we went to have our "find out the gender of the baby" ultrasound. it's also the "check and make sure all things are growing properly and your baby is healthy" ultrasound.

the baby is doing great.
and the baby is a girl.

we weren't really expecting a girl. i guess we hoped for two of the same. it's easier. cost efficient. practical. a known. and the pregnancy has been the same so far. and the heart rate was on the slower end of the spectrum. i had boy names picked out. (and then stolen by friends and re-picked out). i had all of isaac's boxes of clothes labeled and ready for reuse.

the ultrasound tech was struggling to get a good view. apparently, the baby was curled up into a tight little ball and i was sure that we were going to go home with no information as to how to plan for baby lidbom 2.0... she nudged and poked and eventually announced that she knew. at this point, i have no idea what i'm looking at on the screen... blobs of gray and black are swirling around. she types on the screen, "IT'S A" and then waits.... i refrain from reaching up and grabbing her by the collar and pulling her to my face and politely informing her that she should not withhold the info any longer and she types "GIRL!!!!!!!".


no room sharing. all new clothes. my office/craft/tutoring room has just a few more months of existing. how to potty train without the draw of peeing on trees? thirteen years from now i'll have a teen girl. (remember, i taught high school... just sayin'). is it ok to put girls in robot tee shirts? what if she wants to be a cheerleader.

(i will nix that last one, in case you're wondering).

anyhow, i was in shock. derek too. but, it settled in over the course of the day. and i have five more months to get ready. and since we waited until the last month to prepare for isaac, we're in good shape.

i think isaac will be a good big brother. he's very helpful. well, sometimes. and he's sweet with other babies. he did inform me that he would not be willing to rock, feed or change diapers, but he would be available for playing with the baby. he still likes the name "eliot" for the baby (leslie's baby's name) AND he thinks he has a baby growing in his belly, so i'm pretty sure he doesn't entirely understand.... but he'll get a crash course in a few months. :)

so, that's that.
we're having a girl.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on a girl. She'll probably have at least something in common with you -- which means probably no cheering, lol. Some hand-me-downs are totally appropriate even if the older is a boy and the younger a girl particularly the infant stuff. Yes, girls can totally rock the robot t-shirt -- and should. I have to admit though, even though leslie named her baby Eliot, all I can think of is Pete's Dragon where he says "You don't call a girl Eliot." Congrats again!

Jude said...

you will rock the mom of girl job, i know it. ;)
and yes on the robot tees... but you may want a second opinion, since i am also the person who names children after small WNY towns...

Rachel said...

Your story is almost the same as ours...although when I found out I WASN'T having a girl I may have cried a little. We totally expected a girl and instead God blessed us with the most fabulous little boy for the third time. I wouldn't trade my Judah for anything!

Just remember like you said you still have a few months to get used to the idea of having a girl, you also have many years to get ready for 13. I'm pretty girly and was still very anti-cheerleader.

I vote yes for Robot tees for a girl. But I still stand by my FB comment of please allow a little pink and some dresses. ;)

Congratulations and may we both always remember God knows what we need better than we do! (Even if it is still quite shocking at times.)

Anonymous said...

Psh....staying anonymous! Not cool.
Leslie and ELIOT!

Kim and Mike said...

Congratulations! Girls are wonderful! You will enjoy her just as much as Isaac! And I agree with Rachel, please let her wear pink and some dresses once in awhile! :)

Anonymous said...

First, I did not "steal" your name. My baby happens to be arriving a few mthns before. Besides, if you were having baby boy first; I would still use the name Sam. Sam L. squared- would be awesome.
Remember not all girls have dreams of being cheerleaders. And robots are gender neutral. From experience I can tell you the fear you should have of being the mom of a girl is public restrooms. Never leave home w/out clorox wipes.
According to Sara (w/out the h) L.-Purple is the new pink:)