I’m going to get better at this pregnancy thing.
Throughout my years of social media exposure, I have seen several things expectant moms do to chronicle the life of their unborn child. They do belly pictures( not really me), sonogram photos (I am okay with that in small groups. haha), and making the chart that explains everything that is happening to your body (I totally look up everything).
I am happy for moms that choose to share these things, but in all honesty, that’s just not me.
I did want my unborn child to have some things they could look back on one day, because I DO love doing that. Context is one of my strengths and history is one of my favorite things. I am currently obsessed with The CROWN, but anyway.
I am a writer. It’s one of my passions, so in the 5( WHAT! 5) months I have left before our child comes into the world, I wanted to be better at journaling/blogging my experiences.
Let’s start with the Gender Reveal experience. Whoa! Big one, right? I want people to keep reading.
About a month ago, I went into the doctor for my weekly checkup. Sidebar, I LOVE my doctor. She gets me. Anyway, I was 14 1/2 weeks along then, and I just knew she was going to tell me the next time I came we would do the great, awesome, anatomy reveal!
She said I would probably have to wait until I was 21-22 weeks because I was born with a small heart defect and they wanted to get a really good look at the baby’s heart to help see if there was anything to prepare for.
She then told me that if I wanted to do a gender scan, I could come to the office or go to an ultrasound imaging place her sonogram lady owns.
I talked it over with Anthony, and we decided it would be great to surprise our families on Christmas!
I had originally wanted to do a big party and find out then, but a) I am too tired for that, and b) I was growing more impatient by the day.)
We got an appointment for December 20th. We went in and they started looking and we got to see our baby in 2D, 3D, and all kinds of positions. We were there about 30 minutes and within 15 she was 100 percent sure.
We already knew what she was going to tell us. I had known it was a boy since the day I knew there was a baby. My symptoms lined up with boy. People told us it would be a boy. We debated boy names long after we had a girl name picked out.
Well, we took our CD, DVD, heartbeat keepsake, and roll of pics, and headed out to celebrate. It was a great experience.
I made the gender reveal presents and wrapped them and almost drove myself crazy with anticipation. I don’t keep secrets from my mom very well, so 5 days was rough.
Christmas morning came, and Anthony, my brother, Mom, and Mike opened all our presents from one another. We pulled out the surprise boxes when everyone was done. They unwrapped it and it looked like this.
Then, they opened the box and it had the name and gender of our baby on an ornament, which I will show at the end!
We went on to surprise Anthony’s family, my aunt and uncles, and everyone else that came over that day.
Later on that week, we told small group members, friends, my co-workers, and then when we came back to school, my class voted.
Here are their results. It says 12 for boy and 15 for girl. I only had 13 kids out of 16 there that day, so the neighbor class voted too. They made little charts and gave name suggestions. It was cute. Then, I told them.
Now, I guess it’s finally time to tell the world. We were completely shocked when we found out, so I’ll understand if it takes you a minute or two to regain composure. We are having a……………………………GIRL.
Yes! A girl. Even though everyone told us it was a boy, it was in fact, a girl. The lady even triple checked us. It’s official!
I realize this post is going to be long, but I wanted to explain some things that are hard to do with picture captions. You know, since it is a girl, she will probably want to read all this stuff about her one day!
The Name: We picked Elise Joy. I have always loved the name Elise. I am not even sure why. my paternal grandma went by Betty and my mom’s name is Lisa. Elise means the name thing as both of their names- consecrated to God. Which is a huge hope that we have for her. We wanted her to love God, love people and serve both well. Her middle name is Joy because it’s my favorite word. I want her to lead and live a joy filled life and bring joy wherever she goes. As I said, I KNEW this would be our girl name. The boy we had a struggle with, but no need to worry now. I also always loved the name Annie because several of my favorite characters are named Annie, but since we were only ever having sons, (LOL) I gave it to our sweet puppy!
The first things we bought when we knew: The sign because we wanted the Coral and Mint colors in her room and I love those three words for her. The globe because we both love the world and adventure and want her too as well. The book. I LOVE this book. It is such a girl power book. We want her to be strong, a leader, and someone who goes after their goals. You are talking to two first born parents with a first born child. When I was a kid I wanted to be Elizabeth Blackwell, Princess Diana, and the first woman president. Our girl is going places! The hat is my dad’s that his construction crew had made when I was born, so it’s a sweet keepsake. The baby my Poppy and Mildred bought for me when I was born and it always stayed at their house. My Poppy is gone, but I teared up when she gave it to me after 30 years! We also got some shoes, and her first outfit! She will for sure be fashionable.
The song: In September, we went to a Zac Brown Band concert. I was pregnant, but didn’t know it. I heard this song, “I’ll be Your Man,” and I teared up( should have been a clue.) I thought that if we ever had a girl, this would be she and Anthony’s song. It reminded me of all the men in my life and how great of a dad the person I married will be. He’s already the BEST. I know she’ll love him too. I’ll Be Your Man- Zac Brown Band.
Just loop it while you read this, you will be CRYING! lol.
Our prayers for Elise: We pray she grows up to be strong, independent, smart girl. We pray she always knows we love her, but that God loves her even more and has a plan and purpose for her. We pray she grows up in a world where she can be valued, respected, and unique. We pray that she will set the world on fire and change it for the better. We pray that she will know her worth is not in the world, but in Christ alone.