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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sugar and Spice

Sugar and spice
and everything nice
that's what little girls are made of

Sunshine and rainbows

and ribbons for hair bows
that's what little girls are made of

Tea parties, laces

and baby doll faces
that's what little girls are made of

                     ~ Anonymous Author

I have a feeling they're also made of spit up, poo, tears, and wails, but also coos, cuddles, smiles, and laughs.

I guess we'll be finding out come August.

That's right--we had our 20-week ultrasound last Wednesday. The doctor wasn't totally sure, because Baby was being modest, but he was "pretty certain" that we have a daughter. We'll try to confirm at our next ultrasound in early May.

So how do we feel about having a daughter? We're both very happy, of course! Jeff told me in the doctor's office that I was beaming. He's always said that as long as our child is healthy, he'll be happy--I think the exact words were "Ten and ten and I'm good"--even as he consistently used masculine pronouns with regard to Baby. (He accurately pointed out that as long as the sex is unknown, it's grammatically correct to use masculine pronouns.) Meanwhile, I've used feminine pronouns all along, spent more time and energy putting feminine names together, and daydreamed about our little girl. I've been well aware of the fact that I would be very happy with either a boy or a girl, but I somehow couldn't think of this child as a boy for more than a couple of hours at a time.

Now we officially get to start picking out our daughter's name! I've been looking at and playing with names for a long time, since well before we started trying to have a baby. I was ready to pick a boy name and a girl name beginning the day we got the positive pregnancy test, but Jeff would have none of it. "Why do the work twice?" he asked. He refused to consider names until we knew the baby's sex. Of course, even now, I'm planning to have one of each picked out, just in case Baby surprises us on her birthday by being a him--it's been known to happen, folks. But for now we'll focus on the girl name first, and then I'll work on getting Jeff to see the wisdom of picking out a boy name too--although if the next ultrasound confirms her status as a her, it'll be an uphill battle.

That's all for today--I just wanted to share the news. I'm hoping before too long to put up a post showing Baby's development through ultrasound pictures, since we've had so many ... but maybe I'll wait until after the May ultrasound to do that so I can post a complete set. For today I'll just share my favorite sonogram so far--one of the ones taken during the nucal translucency ultrasound on 30 January. I love how Baby looks so much like a teddy bear in this one, and how the placenta or whatever that is by her side appears to be cradling her.

Have a good week, everyone!


  1. Awww.. Congrats! Daughters are great. Kalila was so not modest at all at either of hers lol. We saw the "cheeseburger" several times in each. We had her name picked from the beginning too, I'd actually picked it before I met my husband and being a family name for him he was all for it and it just fell into place. Have fun name picking though. We got to do it a little bit this time. Was still a little too easy, but that's ok :-D

  2. Omg I know you and Jeff are going to be wonderful parents..... because you are going to name her after me... Katie will do just fine if not name her Daisy May! Love you both but I think I love the baby most!

  3. Sorry, Katie--Jeff and I have already agreed that we're not naming the baby after any living close relative or friend (soon-to-be sisters-in-law count under either of those categories). Daisy May is also not an option ... nor are any of the other names we're currently being pressured to consider.

  4. wow... i was gonna say it looks like she is in someone's hands... Well, she is really, isn't she? God's hands :)

    Congrats on the girl!!! hope the name search goes well! :)

  5. I am thrilled for you both! Picking a name will be so exciting...and probably only just slightly stressful!


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