Thank you all for the congrats and the well wishes on our PINK news. We really are excited about this. I just wanted to drop a quick line of clarification on my husband’s comment of “if it’s a girl, I’m sending it back.” I don’t want my husband’s remark to brand him as an ass or to offend anyone. It was completely in jest and our neighbors have known us for almost 3 years and they are familiar with his sense of humor and his “joking” tone, something that doesn’t convey in print, obviously. I think most of you got it but it seems that he may have offended some and I definitely don’t want that to be the case so here’s the story behind that comment.
I didn’t type out the whole conversation in which that statement came from and maybe I should have. We were talking to our neighbors (as they had just found out about the pregnancy) and they were asking all the usual questions about how I’m feeling, what the Little Guy thinks, what do we want, had we discussed names…all that stuff. When we were talking about these things the subject of how girls and boys are different came up. When we talked about how as girls grow up they get interested in boys and then boys will be coming around wanting to date our potential daughter. BJ is a very protective man toward the important women in his life so this part of the conversation scared him a little. The thought of having to keep boys “away” from his little girl was not something he was looking forward to. So he said, “I can’t have that…I don’t want any boy near my daughter so why don’t we just tell the baby that if It’s a girl I’m sending it back?” He meant no offense to anyone and we all got a pretty good laugh about it because we know how protective he’ll be of his daughter.
It didn’t take long for us to start calling her Baby Girl after our u/s last week. It also did not take long for him to get over his “aw shucks” moment that he experienced when it was announced he’s having a girl. Deep down we both knew it would be a girl. Less than 48 hours after we found out he was telling me that she’s going to be a Daddy’s girl. Well, duh. I knew that right away but it was nice to have it come from him. As we were walking through the baby store (after we bought her crib!!) we were oohing and ahhing over the girl clothes and he agreed that girls have great clothes and he even started picking things out that he’d like for her to wear. We didn’t buy anything but it was fun nonetheless.
Above all, my husband wants a healthy child. Don’t we all? And before anyone starts in on what he will be like if she’s not healthy…it’s not about that. His first born was diagnosed with a major heart defect 2 days after he was born. No one knows how it was missed at the anatomy scan but it was. This diagnosis stressed him and the LG’s mother out of their minds. They never knew if he would stop breathing or if his heart would stop beating. He had to have open heart surgery at 6 weeks and then again when he was 4. Along with a few other more minor procedures along the way. It’s been a scary ride. What should have been the happiest time of their lives with their new baby boy went down a very dark and terrifying road right from the beginning. He’s scared of that happening again. So when I say that he just wants a healthy child what I’m saying is that he just wants to be able to enjoy her without the stress of a health problem. Like I said, don’t we all? He knows all too well what it’s like to have an unhealthy baby and he just wants to be spared that pain this time around. I hope that for us both. We will love and adore and spoil any child that we have.