Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sugar and Spice

"Well, guys, it looks like you have a sister."

My ultrasound tech smiled as she keyed in an arrow pointed right toward the open-legged proof. Nathan did a happy dance, Owen cried for his mama, Jonathan gasped with joy, and I entered a state of bewilderment. I blinked a few times to let it sink in and then I looked into the faces of my sons as the word "daughter" entered my vocabulary.

Once I hopped down from the table and Owen was soothed, I was handed the first pictures of my baby girl. I paged through them over and over and stared at the white words. It slowly started to sink in.

Y'all. At some point this summer, I am going to have a daughter. Her name is Nora June Bauer and I cannot wait to kiss her sweet face and watch her daddy quickly wrap around her fingers.

I'm not necessarily scared of this new adventure, but I am even more bewildered than when I first saw those three telltale lines. (I'm honestly not sure if I'm making sense now. My apologies in advance.)

Over the course of 48 hours, my head has been spinning with pint-size dresses, baby legs, and gobs of pink. Grandparents are texting me with tiny floral outfits and the promise of more to come. I find myself wading online through page after page of ruffly crib bedding.

Overwhelmed much?

In spite of trying to figure out exactly what a bubble romper is and determining an acceptable head-to-bow ratio, everything I said here still stands. More important than the shower of pink that will inevitably rain into my life, I am first and foremost so thankful that Nora is healthy, active, and developing.

The appointment started off a bit worrisome, to be honest. I woke up bleeding on Tuesday morning (which happens often, even in my successful pregnancies), and instantly phoned the doctor. Since I was scheduled to come in today, they decided to bump up my whole 20-week appointment to check everything out and ease my mind.

And ease my mind it did.

Her little heart was pounding away at 167 beats per minute. I counted the chambers - one, two, three, four. Good. I counted her little fingers as they flew past her face and tummy in a happy little dance. Nathan even counted the toes on her foot as it came into view.

She is a perfect little human being, made by the love between two people and the hands of God. The whole process still blows my mind, honestly, despite it being our third go-round.

We are so blessed and so much in love.

PS: It looks like this blog is going to be seeing big changes at some point over the next four months, as the title no longer covers the whole family. Do you have any ideas?? Share them. Please.


Unknown said...

Congrats on your baby girl! I don't have a name idea for your blog, but your conundrum reminds me of another blogger. Her blog was titled "And Then There Were Three," and she renamed it to "This Beautiful Inheritance" once their second child was born. The new name is based on Psalm 16:5-6.

Desperately Seeking Gina said...

Congratulations! How exciting and I love her name.

Will think on a suggestion for a new blog name.

Unknown said...

Okay, an idea came to me for your new blog name. "Bauer House"...a play on our house.

Jessica Bauer said...

Thank you so much for the congratulations and thank you even more for helping me work on blog name ideas, y'all. My mind is starting to crank, so keep 'em coming! :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I love my baby girl (22 year old) and was so blessed that we had her. Love to you and your whole family!

Leslie said...

Congratulations! I have a boy and a girl, and I've loved having one of each - it's the best of both worlds.

Jamie said...

How fun! I wish I had some brilliant idea for a new blog name but I'm sure something will come to you in the right time.

When my nieces were born, I was taken aback (although not surprised) at the amount of pink for girl infants. I looked high and low for lavender!

mamawest777 said...

Congrats!! We added 2 girls to our world via adoption this year, and it is fabulous!!

Grace Grits and Gardening said...