Pregnant again

by singlemomseeking on November 12, 2011

“Everyone take one more guess,” Thunderpants said. “Boy or girl?

We all guessed “boy,” including our daughter.

The first time I was pregnant, more than a decade ago, I wanted my baby’s gender to be a surprise. I didn’t want to carry around any preconceived notions about having a boy vs. a girl. And I wanted to be surprised when I gave birth. It was amazing how many people asked me, “Are you having a boy or a girl?” — and seemed shocked that I didn’t want to know.

Looking back, I can’t believe that I had the patience to wait. This time around, I wanted to know. We all did.

But we did not want to find out in the middle the 19-week ultrasound appointment. When we walked into the dark room, we gave a card to the technician, with two boxes on the front for “boy” or “girl,” and a spot for her to mark one. We asked her to seal the card in an envelope after she checked the box.

I was fluttery with anticipation as the technician showed us the baby’s heart, spine, limbs, fingers, and toes. The baby was moving a lot, making it hard to get some clear photos.

“This is a wild child,” she said. When it was time for her to look at the gender, she asked us to turn our heads away from the screen. We obeyed.

Forty five minutes later, we rushed out of there. The plan was to open the envelope at our favorite frozen yogurt place. We all ordered “minis” with toppings and sat down on an empty bench.

When our daughter opened the envelope, she burst into the biggest smile.

“I have to call my friends!” she jumped up, leaving the card on the bench.

Thunderpants and I looked down at the same time. “A girl?” We both looked at the card again.

His eyes welled up with happy tears. So did mine. A girl. A daughter. A baby sister.

We’re so excited to meet this little soul:


19 week baby bump with my sister’s hand

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Coachdad November 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Congrats!!! So happy for you and your family!!

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Ericka November 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm
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Momma Sunshine November 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Wow, Rachel…congrats! Such happy news. :-)
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T November 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm
Bluegal November 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Congratulations on a baby sister for M. and a new daughter for your family! So sweet. I love how you found out the news.

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avigail74 November 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm
Monique November 14, 2011 at 10:38 am

I have been reading your blog since you first started it and look at you. Congratulations to you both on the new addition!

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Ryan November 14, 2011 at 11:02 am

Congratulations! Another sweet little girl!

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Christina November 14, 2011 at 11:25 am

Congrats! I just found your blog and what a treat it is to read. I love the shot of your sisters hand on your tummy. Great! I am a new follower now, hope you get a chance to check out our site.
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betsy h November 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Bursting with happiness for you all!! You give me so much hope. We can never predict what’s in store for us.

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Heather November 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Love your blog! And I’m so thrilled for you . . . what exciting news!
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Peanut's Mommy November 19, 2011 at 7:29 am

How exciting!! Congratulations to you and your family!

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rachael November 19, 2011 at 6:10 pm

aw, congrats! two girls. i’m really happy for you. i feel like after reading your book, finding your blog, etc.. i know you or something. having a second child with such an age gap gives me hope for luke and i!

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rachael
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Glenda November 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Congrats on your lil girl!!! So happy M is happy to be a big sister!!!!

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Anne-Marie November 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Congratulations! Even with a huge gap, I’m sure you’re going to have a rockin’ pair of sisters on your hands!!

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boho mom November 28, 2011 at 8:47 am

Oh my GOSH!!! What an exciting thing to find your blog! I love this post and CONGRATS ON YOUR BABY GIRL !!!!
Such an awesome way to find out the sex…..so cool.
Love your blog – adding you to my links!
peace and pink!!!
:)

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Debbie November 29, 2011 at 4:39 am

Congrats!! What a wonderful way to find out!

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Naked Girl in a Dress December 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm

This is wonderful news. Sorry I am so late visiting to find this out. Congratulations!

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QTMama January 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

YAY another girl! Congratulations to all of you! Really really happy for you Rachel. :)

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Dawn Martin Glock January 9, 2012 at 6:52 am

Congratulations, this is wonderful news!!!!

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Jill January 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Even though I already knew all of the information (girl, 10-year age gap from your other daughter) I just read the story. As I type, I have tears in my eyes. SO happy for you since my little girl lights up my whole life- and you get to have that again. Also, because my sister is 14 years older than I am and my best friend. Congrats again, Rachel!

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