Today was a great day! Besides having a holiday off of work, my husband was able to come with me to my ultrasound. I'm 27 weeks pregnant. It is always so thrilling to see images of the little baby inside of you, heart beating, stretching, kicking, yawning, moving... It's so awesome. We are so blessed to be parents!
I have decided *not* to find out the sex of this baby. My first two children are girls, and we knew it well in advance. We had plenty of time to paint the nursery lavender, decorate it with lots of pink and purple flowers, and get together our little girls' baby supplies. After listening to a male co-worker express the joy and anticipation that he felt at the birth of his little boy, and later, his little girl, and having no idea until the moment of birth if they were going to be little boys or girls, he was beaming as he explained that it was "simply the greatest surprise of his entire life"... I knew I wanted to experience that with my husband also! Dad isn't so on board with this decision at the moment, being the "ultimate planner", he really wants to know and the uncertainty is driving him crazy. After the last ultrasound, he even called the doctor's office behind my back to try and find out the sex! (Of course, they wouldn't give him any information... but still, I couldn't believe he even attempted to do that!) Anyway, I am sure he will thank me when it is all said and done.
"But how will we plan?" "What if it is a boy?" "We have no boy's things..." Relax, I keep saying! First of all, it will probably be another girl, in which case, we will already be prepared. If it is a boy, you'll just have to run out and get some boys clothes when I am in the hospital...we can repaint the room later, and as for the wooden carved flowers on the white crib? (Hmmm, I'll have to creatively figure out how to cover them up, somehow... ) We'll work it all out... right? I am much more relaxed with this baby than I was with my first one.
So... for other mothers out there, how did you prepare for the arrival of your little ones?
"Now, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you." -Jeremiah 1:4-5