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Barbara's Pregnancy Journal

Week 20
~ We Are Having a GIRL!

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all are doing well. We are feeling a lot better, although not 100%. Some of us still have a congested cough. Everyone ended up getting sick, including my daughter Katie. It has been a long couple of weeks; however we have some wonderful news. I had an ultrasound last week and found out that we are having a little girl. We are all very excited.

The day my husband and I got home from our ultrasound my son, Jacob, met us at the door. He asked with much excitement if we were having a boy or a girl. It was so sweet to see the look on his face. He was so anxious. He had been sick and wasn't feeling very well, but he was really excited when we got home. We had already been gone a while because after the ultrasound we dropped our daughter, Katie, off at her art and gardening classes. Katie was the first to hear the news. She was smiling ear to ear. She had already let me know that she was hoping for a little sister. After we dropped her off at her class, I went into Wal-Mart. I didn't want to be gone very long with a sick child at home, but I had to buy something girl. I was looking for something pink. I couldn't find anything that I liked. So, I settled on a cute little dress that was white with blue and green polka dots. It has a little blue bow around it and it was very cute. When we got home, I asked my kids what they thought the results were. I told them I had bought something blue and green. My oldest said,'you're having a boy?' I let Jacob look inside the bag and then we showed everyone we had bought a dress. It was neat to see the kids get excited about the baby; especially Jacob. He was thrilled at the thought of having a baby sister.

We have been going over baby names a lot now. I was really hoping to have two names picked out by the time I had my ultrasound scheduled, one boy and one girl. We just never accomplished that goal. Anyhow, we have been going over names more frequently now. We found a few we like, but nothing we have fallen in love with yet. I know we'll find something.

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I am still in awe of the fact that we are having a girl. My girls are so big, 13 and 17. My younger daughter will be 14 when the baby is born and they're both growing up so fast. It will be so nice to be able to buy dolls again. Little shoes with matching dresses and purses, I can see it now. It might sound silly, but I miss all that little girl fun my girls and I used to have. I do enjoy the fun we have now, and our conversations. It's fun to talk about boys, clothes, music, school, youth group fun stuff, and boys again. Sometimes our conversations are deep and important, sometimes just silly. My oldest daughter is strong willed, while my 13 year old is more compliant. They are like night and day, but they are both so much fun. I just miss the little girl stuff and I'm looking forward to doing it again. Only this time my little girl will have two big sisters that will make awesome role models. I am so proud of both of them. Being a mom is so rewarding.

As I type this I am starting to tear up, because I know how fast the time will go by. I think about what it will be like holding my sweet little baby girl for the first time. I know I will only have that first time once and she will change right before my eyes. I remember the first times I held my other children. I remember their first steps and the first time they said mom. The times we read together, and our little dates. I am slightly behind on some of those. Teaching them to read and write was and is so much fun. Time, sometimes I can't wait for the next day and other times I want it to freeze. I know that being a mom is 24/7 and exhausting, but I am so blessed. I love my children and I love being pregnant with this baby. If it wasn't so late and they weren't all in bed I would squeeze them all and probably start to cry.

Until next week,
~ Barbara

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