After teasing you for a month and a half, I spilled the beans last week that we’re expecting another boy in March. While it took me a while to be excited about this, I can now say that this new brother is anticipated and completely welcome in our home. This post isn’t like most of my other posts. You won’t add a new project to your to-do list or a new recipe to your pinterest board. It’s messy. This will prove that my life is anything but perfect and I am definitely an imperfect human.
At my second OB appointment, my doctor was unable to find the baby’s heartbeat with the Doppler, which resulted in an ultrasound for visual confirmation of life. Mr Napping had taken Big J out for the day and I was at the appointment with Little J and my little sister. I was a little irritated that airplanes were more important to him than our baby (oh, the hormones made me do it…).
My OB scanned around my belly with the wand and located the baby. “Are you going to find out the gender?” she asked. I nodded and mentioned that we wanted to know if it was a girl, because then we had some major prepping to do as all the clothes and things we have are for boys. “Well, I wouldn’t run out and buy anything pink just yet,” she responded, “I’m not sure, it might just be the cord, but I think there might be a little something there between those legs.”
And then my heart sunk down to the tips of my toes and I did my best to keep the dismay that was coursing through me from crossing my face. “I wouldn’t go buy any pink just yet.” Or ever, I thought bitterly. Seriously…? Again? Another stinking boy? Ugh. That was the scene in my OB’s office that sunny morning. I was 12 weeks and 6 days, according to the ultrasound we were right in the middle of doing, pregnant with my third baby. Three boys. With each baby, I’d had high hopes that I’d hear “It’s a girl!” The first time, I didn’t even realize how much I wanted a girl until the ultrasound tech confirmed we were having a boy. But each time, it was very clearly a boy. Things seemed destined to go the same way again this time, but 13 weeks was kind of early. ‘Maybe it was just the cord’ I tried to convince myself. Or maybe, I don’t have what it takes to be a mom to a little girl, said that bitter little voice of self-deprecation.
Another ultrasound at 17 weeks (apparently, we will be playing hide-and-seek with this baby a lot as he seems to do that quite often) and our anatomy scan at 20 weeks confirmed it. It’s a boy. I am not disappointed we’re having a third boy. I love my boys. All of them. They are fun and awesome and amazing. They are funny and full of energy I only wish I had. I love playing Legos, trucks and throwing balls. I can raise boys. Boys are awesome. I am not disappointed we’re having a third boy. But, I am disappointed I’m not having a girl. It may seem like those are the same things, but they aren’t.
I came home from that appointment and was so discouraged. Admittedly, I cried several times the rest of the day. I needed time to say goodbye to a hope, a dream, I’d had for years. Time to mourn the tea parties I’ll never have, the fingernails I’ll never paint, the pigtails and braids I’ll never get to do, the prom dress shopping I’ll miss out on, the mother of the bride I will never be. Time to accept that there are some things I won’t get to pass on my knowledge of… sewing, crafting, make-up application and hair styling. My boys think I’m trying to kill them if they have to sit still for 30 seconds and all those things are much too slow for them. This may be our last baby and I needed the time to accept that and the fact that I may not get to have a little girl. It’s hard to say goodbye to dreams.
So, I mourned and grieved. It drove my husband crazy. Couldn’t I just be happy he was healthy? Could I be thankful that we pretty much wouldn’t need to buy anything more for this child? Like ever. Good thing, since pennies are pinched and things are tight. And babies are expensive. I know he’d love a daughter too, and I’m sure a little bit of him was just as disappointed as I was. After all, there are things he won’t get to experience without a daughter too. And I was a little sad for my husband as well. He’ll never get a daddy-daughter dance or to have some of the talks that I cherish having with my Dad. But, he just didn’t seem to understand. He’s my fix-it man and well, this just wasn’t something he could “fix”.
Boys are exhausting and it still overwhelms me sometimes to think about having three boys. Maybe girls are tiring too, I don’t know. I will always be sad that I don’t get the “girl experiences”, I would kill for my kids to sit and color for 45 minutes or want to play princess rather than pirates. But I’m grateful for the “boy experiences”. It’s a heck of a lot easier to take a little boy to a public bathroom or help him go along side the road or in the middle of nowhere. Boys are pretty easy to appease – usually I can offer them food, to go play outside or a long-forgotten toy and whatever meltdown was happening just disappears. Trains, trucks, cars and airplanes are all amazing phenomenon. Boys can find wonder in almost anything. Maybe a lot of those are true of girls as well, but I know they are true for boys. At least my boys. I got this. I can do this. I can have a house full of boys and still be a girl. I can teach my boys how a man behaves, how to step up when they need to, how to help others whenever possible, how to treat women and children, how to be men. I can do this! I hope… and maybe someday I’ll still get to have a little girl; but for now, I am a momma to boys. And I love it. Mostly.