Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's a...

You know, it could go either way, and I'm OK with that. Hazel and Ginger have been strongly lobbying for a brother, and Ed has been less inhibited this time expressing his wish for a boy. Instinct seems to whisper, "Since you have two girls, it's TIME for a boy," or "Odds are it's a boy this time."

On the other hand, one could just as easily argue, or believe, that with two girls already, we're "on a roll" and will probably have another one. I stare at my wall of Christmas cards and count a disproportionate number of families who have three-in-a-row of the same gender. As if that's some kind of indication.

Of course the fact is that it's pretty much 50/50 each time, especially for anything after your second child. But that hasn't stopped us from trying to guess and reason out who's coming next.
So there was great anticipation by all of us on Wednesday when we went for the big 20-week ultrasound. The tech took her sweet time examining the heart, measuring head and limbs, checking each internal organ. Of course all those things are more important than the sex, and thank heavens everything is normal. But we were all about bursting by the time she got around to it.

Enough with the build-up. It's a girl. The technician got a good look from several angles; later the doctor came in and concurred. Ed teared up a bit but admitted that was what he expected. Ginger flat-out bawled, "But I want a brother!" (I later lectured her on the virtues of Girl Power and she has started to come around.) Like I said, I would have been excited either way; I was just relieved to know.

Three girls! That's it. No longer am I conservatively buying gear, coats and even shoes in neutral colors like gray, brown and green, on the off-chance we have a boy someday and can use them for him. From now on, we are going full-blown pink with abandon. Hearts, dress-ups, princesses. The technician made a joke about buying stock in detangler. That's the spirit!

The thing is, I am a third girl. For that, I feel a deep and special bond with this one that likes to kick me with her own little morse code. To me, she is definitley not just one more in the line-up. She's the one I understand. She's the one I've been waiting for.

15 comments:

Margaret said...

Congratulations! I am the third girl in a row, just ignore the first three born.

Jenifuz said...

Congratulations! We have 3 girls in a row! I figured Maryn was a boy because I was just used to them! It'll be fun having 3 girls! At least you're not like the Tarullos yet and have 6 girls!

michelle said...

Having 3 girls ROCKS!

Disco Mom said...

J - HA! The operative word being "YET!" Just the other day Ed and I were trying to remember how many girls they had - he thought it was 5 but I swore it was 6.

JillEE said...

As the 3rd girl in a row in my family, I heartily concur that you are very very lucky. The third girl is by far the best. Don't tell my sister who came right after me, but it is all downhill after #3 :-)

Alex M. said...

So excited for you :) You should've seen my mom's face when I told her!!

Barbara C. said...

Yay for girls!!! That's so great!

Marie W said...

I love it. Perfect post, and we are so excited there is another Hickman gal on the way.

esodhiambo said...

Don't tell Ed, but by the time my first brother came along at #6 (after 5 girls) my mom said she would have just as soon had all girls and my dad no longer at quite the verve to go out and throw the ball around and camp like he might have with a boy a little earlier in the line-up.

And don't tell the rest of my kids, but I too feel a special kinship with my second (being a second myself), even though he is a boy. I won't tell you what we say about thirds!

Congratulations on a happy family! (Don't you love being pregnant at Christmas? I don't know quite why, but it is extra special).

GR82BAMOM said...

Hooray for another beautiful princess on the way! Congratulations from all of us!

Shells said...

Congratulations Kari!

Marna said...

I am anxious to hear her name. Your girls have such great names!
Did the boppy come before the snow? Our UPS man is a wimp- won't deliver in snow.

SuperGabers - The Mom said...

Hey... Nobody has claimed Little Boy Crowley for marriage yet... Perhaps we could work something out?

CONGRATS!

Nells-Bells said...

congratulations!!! how exciting.

MiaKatia said...

Congratulations!!! We are excited for you. Third children are super special, I should know :)

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