Good morning and Happy Hump Day! Today is shaping up to be a full one for us, but I wanted to pop in really quick to share some news we found out on Friday. If we’re friends on my personal Facebook or you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed that we know the gender of this baby!
Precious baby #2 is a sweet, little, beautiful, perfect all-American GIRL!
We are so (so so so) excited! We’ve both always wanted a sister for Hadley, and Jamie’s mentioned five trillion times that he’d be fine having 10 girls because of how obsessed he is with Hadley and all things related to raising her (mainly he just loves the obnoxiously large hair bows), so we’re really just smiling from ear to ear about it!
I grew up watching the close friendship between my mom and her sister (they’re going on a cruise together next week), and my own sister and I are really close, so I’m thrilled that Hadley is going to get the chance to understand how sweet it is to have a built-in best friend for life. So many of my good friends commented about how these girls are going to be just like Jennifer (my sister) and me because they all know how close we are. So much fun (and girl drama) ahead!
We found out the news on Friday at my 15 week appointment. My doctor scheduled this early ultrasound since my schedule is going to be tied up around the 20-week mark, and I didn’t argue! It happened to fall on a day that my mom would be here visiting, so having her get to come with me just like last time was really great.
I was a nervous wreck all day Friday waiting for my 3:40 p.m. appointment. I absolutely did not care what we were having, and I mean it. I saw so many pros to having a boy or a girl that I just couldn’t pick. We always joke that it’s a good thing God decides the gender for us because we’d never be able to!
When I asked the tech if she knew the gender, she said she had an “educated guess” but was hesitant to tell me. After more conversation she smiled and basically alluded to the fact that the techs aren’t “supposed” to tell me the gender that early with 100% certainty but that she knew the gender WITH CERTAINTY. This baby showed herself clearly, and it was extremely obvious that this baby is a girl.
As far as Jamie goes, he was on FaceTime with me the whole time. We did something cutesy and fun for the reveal for him last time when he was in Afghanistan, but this time he wanted to find out real time with me.
As soon as she confirmed it was a girl, we shared our excitement with each other, talked another minute or so, and then hung up so we could finish the ultrasound.
I didn’t float out of the office on cloud nine like I did with Hadley though. I was so happy that we’re having a girl, but I felt this pinch of disappointment, and I just couldn’t figure out why. I genuinely didn’t care what we were having, so why did I feel such mixed emotions?
After talking it out with my mom for a few minutes, I realized that not only did I not care what we had, but I actually wanted both a girl and a boy. There were so many reasons we wanted to add a boy to the mix, but there were also a million reasons we really wanted another girl. Because we’re unsure how many children we’ll have, I realized that it’s possible we’ll never have a son, and that’s just an odd thing to realize as you get older and your family dynamic becomes more clear. If I only have a slew of girls I’ll be the happiest mom on Earth, but giving up the idea of having a son is weird too. Maybe y’all think I’m crazy, but it was just the most bizarre feeling!
I hope this doesn’t come off as ungrateful because we couldn’t be more grateful for this healthy baby! Babies and pregnancy just bring a lot of emotions to the table. 😉
Several days later and I’m just elated! We are so torn on names and Jamie is dying to name this girl! I’m the one being very picky, but I know we’ll figure it out sooner than later. We have one name rolling around that we really like, but I’m just a bit nervous to commit. We’ll see!
Thank you Jesus for the blessing of another baby girl!
Have you ever felt any guilty feelings after finding out your baby’s gender?
Do you like finding out your baby’s gender as early as you can?