Monday, November 26, 2012

Sugar and spice and everything nice...

"Are you ready?" the ultrasound technician asked us.

I looked at Micah and smiled. 

"Yes," I whispered, ready to hear her tell us what I already knew:  that we were having a bouncing baby boy who was sure to be a mini clone of my gorgeous husband, with dark hair and perfect blue eyes. 

"Well, what I think we're looking at here are... girl parts!" she exclaimed with a grin.

As her words sank in, my mouth dropped open, and tears of joy came flowing.

I had given up on the idea of having a girl a long time ago.  When Micah and I started dating over ten years ago, I noticed that his family was full of boys.  On his father's side, in particular, there are lots and lots of sons and very few daughters.  I didn't pay much attention to how that might affect me until I took a genetics class in college and discovered something I should have realized years before:  All I could possibly hope to do is shoot out X's, so the fact that my family tends to have an even split of boys and girls was irrelevant.  Micah's genes would determine the sex of our children.

From that point on, when I pictured our future, I imagined a life filled with mud pies and football and forts and pretty girls chasing our sweet boys around.  A big part of me was reluctant to give up the dream of having a little girl, because I have always had such a wonderful and rewarding relationship with my mom, but I knew the odds were incredibly slim.  So boys it would be, and boys we would adore.

"Wait, are you sure?"  I asked her, the shock visible on my face.  "I'm sorry, but I just... I was just positive it was a boy!"

(So positive, in fact, that I hadn't really contemplated girl's names, apart from the name I decided on when I was a middle schooler, dreaming about marrying and having kids with a certain blue-eyed boy who would eventually become my husband.)

She explained that, while it's always hard to be positive with girls, she was pretty darned sure.

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There are really no words to convey how happy we both are.  Any child is an immeasurable blessing, but the thought of a pretty little princess in my husband's arms is something this momma-to-be never thought possible, and it's such a beautiful thing. 

As we were driving home from the doctor's office, Micah looked over at me.

"It's going to be hard, isn't it?" he said, with a smile on his face. 

I began thinking about baby dolls and cartwheels and school dances and cute boys chasing our sweet daughter around.

"It is," I decided.  "But it's going to be amazing."

It's going to be amazing.

13 comments:

Halie Renee said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting! And the way you wrote this was just too cute and sweet. You and your husband seem so truly lovely :)

Annabelle said...

Oh yay Ryan! I am sure that now that the shock has passed you and hubby are over the moon excited! That sweet girl will be so spoiled and loved! Congrats!

Joy said...

Oh I love it!!!! She is going to be spoiled rotten... this I'm sure of. And rightfully so!! So excited for y'all. We hope to find out the middle of Jan! We both think we are having a boy... but only time will tell I suppose! =)

Established: 2008 said...

Yes it is!

Erin said...

How exciting!!! We find out today at 2:30! :)

Colleen said...

so fun!!! very excited for you guys. it was fun having a girl first!

Laura said...

That is so exciting Ryan!!! Congratulations! I know you are going to be such a wonderful mom.

Kaitlyn said...

I really only want girls! haha so If I ever have children, I'm convinced that I'll end up with only boys since girls is what I want.

But if I am lucky enough to have kids one day, I'll love them either way!! They are a gift from God!

Love the way you wrote this too!

Crystal said...

Love this post, and the way you wrote it was adorable! :)

ThistleAshD said...

What a sweet story! She will be one loved little girl!

Mandy said...

It IS going to be so amazing!! :) Congratulations again!!

Emily said...

YAY and congrats! Your appointment sounds a lot like ours was, I was just SO sure we were having a boy! Can't wait to hear the name you choose!

Jessica K said...

Yeah! I think that God gets a little kick every now and then about these things! Definitely keeps you on your toes! Have fun with the names!

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