I snapped this photo on Sunday afternoon, the day before we went in for our ultrasound. Besides my little bump, you can also see our house on a normal day, with little dolls strewn about and a jacket wearing the furniture. I was feeling very anxious that day. Even though we were 18 weeks into “our lives changing forever” by adding a third child, we were about to know how they were going to change forever. If we’d finish our family with another little miss or man? If there would suddenly be more cars in the midst of Littlest Pet Shops. If our “girls” bathroom downstairs would eventually be a girls and boy bathroom? The next morning we learned we’re expecting another sweet GIRL!!!
This entire pregnancy, we felt like it was a boy, despite being just as sick as my other pregnancies, because of different food aversions among a few other things that have been, just…different this time around. But the entire time, I couldn’t get out of my head a dream I had 8 years ago. When I was pregnant with our first daughter, Greta, I had a dream that we had three little girls. They were running in front of Chris and I, giggling away. It was brief, but the most real dream I have ever had. I knew we were having a girl before the doctor told us Greta was a girl, or that Faye was a girl. It had to be. On Sunday, before I took that picture above, we talked about my dream again. I was feeling foolish for holding it as a concrete peek into our future for so long. I even said, “maybe it was actually a boy with long hair that I dreamed of. But the next morning, when we clearly saw I was carrying a girl on the ultrasound screen, it was a heart-warming and emotional moment for me and Chris beamed with pride. Our family feels complete in every way. We can’t wait to welcome our third child and watch all three of our daughters grow up together, running around, laughing through life.
The print above is, indeed, our little babe! A friend of mind recently opened an Etsy shop called Baby Blueprint, where she and her husband make those tiny, black and white, fading ultrasounds into art prints in a ton of different colors (and more coming!). We immediately scanned a photo of our ultrasound (I used the free Cam Scanner app on my phone, but you can just take a picture, too!) and sent a .jpg her way with the note, “I’m gonna need a pink one.” She screamed. I screamed. And a couple days later I got a beautiful print of our tiniest girl in their “Rose” color. Order one for you (or a friend!) here.
I’m tracking down Greta and Faye’s ultrasounds to make prints of them, per their request. They are so excited to have another baby sister–we all are. Happy 18 weeks little baby girl and happy weekend to all of you!
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