(Here is my 23 week mark photo with Westley. People mistook me for full term them, and of course they are now. I mean look at that belly! Who can blame them.)
I left ya'll hanging for like ever didn't I?
I told friends and family and then I told twitter and facebook but I kept forgetting to come back over here and tell you! And I kind of figured a lot of you were a part of the other areas I mentioned - but if you are not - WE ARE HAVING A GIRL!!!
Drew Jones & Westley were in the ultrasound room with me when we found of the news of course. Westley sitting on Drew's lap and holding my hand as I lay there with my already big belly all jellied up. The technician told us that she was a girl and Drew and I had the same shocked, happy reaction, I guess because we had no idea either way. But can you imagine? A GIRL! A girl. A little sweet baby sister for Westley. He is going to love her so much, I just know it already. And of course we already do.
We have put together the crib a friend handed down to us and scored a very inexpensive vintage chair that is sooo comfortable for her room. But the carpet is blue, the ceiling fan is cramping my style & the budget is very very limited. And by limited I mean I am going to be shopping in my own house for things and getting real DIY up in there with things I already have. Part of me likes the challenge and the other part is discouraged and wishing I could go all out for this sweet girl. But I will with my heart, that is for sure.
What else, what else...
Baby girl is moving and kicking and I can feel it and see it. Drew has felt it too. He even saw her kick a plate I was balancing on my belly hard enough to move it. We tell Westley that he is going to have a baby sister soon and that she is in my belly. He just looks at my belly and turns his eyes to the side staring off like he does when we are telling him something he needs to remember or process. He realizes that baby sister equates to belly, and he knows what a baby is - but I really don't know how much he truly understands beyond that.
Also - we have a name! But we aren't telling a soul. Only Drew and I know. Drew thought of it and although I had never mentioned it before it had flitted lovingly through my head a handful of times too. When we talked about it I got tears in my eyes and both of us felt that same feeling we did when we chose Westley James. It just felt right. Like it was hers. Like it wasn't even our choice really.
I hope everyone had a great holiday. We sure did. We lamented over how sad it was to see the music & lights & season come to an end. But then we put the tree on the curb, started freshening things up around the house and writing down goals and that feels really good.
I really miss writing here and am going to give it my best to make time to sit down and type out all the things that bubble up in me instead of letting them fizzle out when I realize I have work to do or dishes to put away. Hooray for the New Year & that fresh start feeling!