I smiled as I wrote those words... While, I guessed for months that I was carrying a baby boy, Blake and I were both thrilled to hear a definite "It's a girl" today. I can imagine standing outside of the room she will one day share with Riley and listen to them whispering late into the night. I can envision her brother staring down the first boy that ever tells his baby sister he "likes" her.
We are still having a difficult time envisioning what we desire to call her for the rest of her life. We can at least say "she" now... But her name eludes us. William Thomas and Riley Lynn are such precious names to us - our first boy named for our strong fathers and our first daughter after our precious mothers... This precious baby girl has to have a name just as special and meaningful for she is just as precious and meaningful to us.
This pregnancy has been different then Riley's... I was sick while carrying Ri, but never worried about her well-being. This pregnancy has been difficult and worrisome. Blake and I have heard 3 different times in the last 3 weeks that we needed to come in as soon as possible and have almost held our breaths until we heard the "thump thump thump thump" on the monitor... Two different times I have changed into a hospital gown and been wheeled down a hallway to the fetal medicine department. One time at 9pm after the doctor thought it necessary to bring in the tech on call.
But she is worth it... I am almost halfway finished with the pregnancy and while I don't desire to spend the next few months as stressed as I have been the past 3 weeks... I would. The precious little girl that is sitting with her legs crossed in my belly is worth everything it could take to bring her into the world as a healthy baby.
Praise God is doesn't appear that the next 20 weeks will be as stressful as the last 3! The doctors believe that everything that is happening is causing no harm to Will and Riley's sister. I have to be cautious... I have to be careful. But tonight I rest in the fact that she is healthy and growing and I can feel her turn summersaults in my belly! Life is good...