Baby #3 is a...
Mark hadn't been wrong with our first two and he was insistent that this baby was also a baby boy, so insistent that even though I had thought at first baby was a girl, he had me convinced that we were going into the realm of three boys. I love being a boy mom, so I was totally game for our third little one being a boy. After all, my pregnancies were all so similar, so according to almost everyone we talked with, that had to mean baby was a boy just like the big brothers.
We started the day by Mark explaining to me that I couldn't have my morning coffee because the coffee pot broke. Needless to say, we quickly got dressed and drove to the nearest Caribou in Woodbury on the way to our Allina clinic. We pulled into the parking lot and couldn't find a spot to park, so Mark dropped me off by the door to which Ethan burst into tears because he "lost mommy." The appointment hadn't even started, and we were already getting thrown hilarious curveballs. Finally, our twenty week ultrasound started, and our adorable little peanut was tightly tucked into the fetal position, not allowing the technician to get a good look and making us giggle because as much as we would move around, the baby would move to keep "modest." Finally the moment arrived and the technician explained, "Okay, you see how we are zoomed in on the baby's legs? If you look right between them, you see those three lines?... It's a girl."
We were speechless and completely shocked, having expected to see the very same parts that we had seen the previous two ultrasounds. I felt Mark looking at me to see my reaction and tried to hold it together as the shock wore off and the reality of a baby girl growing within settled in -- a few tears definitely were shed! We chatted the rest of the appointment and giggled about how she continued to refuse to cooperate for photos. On our way out, we continued to be mostly in shock, trying to decide the plan on how to share the news with family that we would see later that day and settled on some sort of cake pop or something to make.
We got the supplies as well as supplies to make some frozen meals for Mark's younger sister & her hubby in the excitement of them adding a little one the previous day to their family. Then, the second blunder of the day happened -- the hand mixer's engine burnt out while we made the frosting for what we settled on making -- pink cupcakes with white frosting. We laughed as we talked about how this little girl is definitely showing all the curveballs we'll be experiencing the next few years! We created our gender reveal cupcakes and went to see Mark's family to meet the new baby as well as share the news -- Sara was the first to get the cupcake open and excitedly looked at me while waiting for her mom and hubby to take the bite and see the pink -- "yeah!!" they all exclaimed, showing the cupcake to Mark's dad across the miles on FaceTime.
We packed up our things and made our way up to Elk River to see my family, calling Mark's older sister on the way to share the news. When we gathered around the table for dinner, we had each member of my family grab a cupcake that was their guess of gender and on the count of three opened them up for their bite. My mom pealed back her cupcake, revealing the color to herself and looked up at Mark holding the camera, "Is it really?" she mouthed into the camera and then when Mark nodded the emotions swelled up, overflowing once everyone saw the color and started yelling in excitement. "You guys are going to have a little sister," my dad exclaimed to our boys.
We're still adjusting to the idea and the reality of pink entering into our house, but we're so excited to have a healthy baby girl on the way, due mid-April 2019! Thanks so all who have excitedly walked us through this journey so far and we're praising the Lord for this exciting journey!
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