Friday, January 09, 2009

We had our big ultrasound today.....

And, shock of our life (well, 2nd shock after finding out there was another little bean in there at all)......

IT'S A GIRL!!!!!

You read that correctly, it is not a sixth boy for our family. I think the boys were a little taken back. Will keeps referring to the baby as 'him' and saying things like, "mom, if this baby is a boy, let's name him......." Perhaps the finality of the gender hasn't quite sunk in for him. :-)

We decided to let the boys come with us for the ultrasound. We've never brought our children before, but they were interested in coming, and I thought the older 4 would enjoy seeing our baby. They really thought it was neat - especially when the tech put the machine on 3D. The boys said she looked like an alien - LOL! After she had done all the measurements and checked and double checked the gender (without telling us, but Warren and I have seen enough boy ultrasounds to be pretty sure this baby was missing some, um, parts) the tech asked the boys, "so what are you boys going to do with a baby sister?" The boys were shocked - it was so cute!

I'm feeling a little bit overwhelmed. I went into a store this afternoon and was browsing the baby girl stuff. I couldn't even begin to decide what to buy - so I left empty-handed! I felt like an imposter in this section of store I've ignored for 11 years now. I'm sure I'll get over that feeling pretty quickly. I'm also feeling oddly naive. I've sort of felt like I was getting good at this parenting thing (some days......) and with boys I have a general idea of what to expect and what to do. I am so nervous about how a girl will be different! Don't get me wrong, I'm excited, but anxious!

20 comments:

Cammie said...

oh how EXCITING!!! Welcome to the world of pink and ruffles and hairbows! And poor baby sister....she will have a HECK of a time dating with 5 big brothers!!

milesand... said...

I was wondering when you were going to find out!!! How exciting:) Apparently someone thought you needed a little more estrogen in the house:)

Sarah

Em Russ said...

YAY!!! I'm so excited for you guys. She is going to be one loved and protected little sister! Congrats!!

Christina said...

Hooray! As soon as I saw the title, I crossed my fingers for you. So exciting! You'll be a great mom to this little girl; you'll just have to work extra hard at not spoiling her rotten!

K said...

Congratulations! You are a great parent, and that's not restricted on one gender.

Stir the Pot said...

Congratulations!

We got your Christmas Card today and I decided to check out your blog. What a day for exciting news! We were also glad to see that you have moved to Utah! We would love to see you guys again. After reading about your struggles, and that you are expecting your sixth in the midst of it all, I have to say that I was very impressed with your strength and very happy to see that our friend Warren has done so well! Love, Carleen and Justin Judy

Karen said...

WOW... I am sooo excited for you!! I can't even imagine what the "pink world" would be like either. You will have to let me know how that goes. I am so glad she is healthy and all is good. (((HUGS))) I really am sooo thrilled for you. I have been thinking about you a lot lately and pray that everything with Matt goes OK.
Love,

Karen

The Uffens Family said...

Welcome to our world! I'm nervous about crossing the line too - we'll have to see what the future brings!!

Jessie said...

That news makes me laugh. I love it! I know, I look longingly at all the girl clothes for .99 at Gymboree as I pass them by. There are never as many boy things one sale. Now you'll get to really use that knack of yours for finding deals!
I'm so excited for your family. What fun.

Dina said...

How fun for your family! I wonder if she will be a tomboy with all of those brothers, or if she will take on the role of "princess?" :) Having a 13 yr. old girl, I think everyone ought to have at least one.....hee hee! Congratulations!

Raynie said...

So just curious.....what are you going to call your blog now??? LOL! You already know how to shop for girl things....now you just get to keep them rather than give them to Tessa! I love you sis!

Burton Family said...

I completely understand how you feel!! You will grow into it!! Oh-and about the girl stuff-just break down and do it!! It will get waaaaaaay easier! Love you so much!! Hope all is going well with all of you!
Cristy

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Carl and April said...

I am remembering our conversation this summer about how I have five older brothers and then I came along. See, the sixth one is the charm. My mom was quite dissapointed that when I could make up my own mind I didn't want dresses or frills. I just wanted jeans and t-shirts and to run after all my brothers. My barbies that were bought for me were used as body parts for the war games with the little green army men. They would pull off the arms and paint on wounds with red nail polish chop off the hair and scatter them on the battlefield. I could tell you so many stories. I love my girls although I sometimes feel very foreign to their way of playing. They sure are fun to dress up though.

Deborah said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting. I was hoping you would be having a girl. I'm sure your little girl will be a little tomboy following all her big brothers around so nothing to worry about. Either that or her brothers will be taking care of her and you won't have to worry.

EmilyCC said...

What fun! Congratulations!

hp said...

Congrats to you both! I must admit that I had similar feelings. I didn't buy any girl things until I was about 7 months along because I was just sure that the ultrasound was wrong. That it just couldn't possibly be true that we were having a girl. Even after she was born I still wasn't able to fully comprehend that she was a girl. I needed to see for myself!

As far as the shopping goes, she was about 8 months old before I figured out the differences between the cute girl clothes and the extraordinarily-cute, must-buy-this-immediately-in-three-sizes-it's-so-cute girl clothes. I had been ignoring that half (excuse me, two thirds) of the stores for so long that I was overwhelmed by its pinkness and diversity. You'll be able to embrace it when you're ready and don't sweat it if that's not until after she's born.

Now at least you'll get to use that girl name that you've been storing up in your mind all these years. Surely you have one...

Heather

Jacqui said...

Yey for you guys!...I just checked the blog of another friend who is having their first boy and has all girls. You guys should hook up and help each other out. You will have so much fun and those big brothers are going to watch out for her.

Karen and Lew said...

Yippee! My oldest sister has 4 boys. She has often longed for another female (species doesn't matter) in the house.

courtney said...

ahhhh! i screamed outloud when i read you're having a girl! so fun & exciting :) congrats!

thanks for the book idea, i'm gonna get it. i'm so happy that things are going well.

i think you are truly wonderful. i only wish we lived closer.
love, courtney