Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hey, Girl! Big Surprise!

I’d been planning the surprise for awhile. Bran and I decided we wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 15th, the day after, because 7 years ago that day was our first date, and wouldn’t it be fun to knock out both V’s Day and an anniversary in one go?

So, earlier that day, I went to an ultrasound to determine the baby’s gender that I had scheduled without his knowledge. I’d been squirreling away 5 bucks here, another few dollars there, so that he wouldn’t notice me pay a huge chunk out of the account at once, and thus, get tipped off to what I was doing. (Elective ultrasounds are a wee bit expennnssssiiiive.)

I was thrilled to find out I am having a girl. But, no surprise, right? I mentioned in my last post that I thought it was a girl. But, it was scrumtrulescent to have it confirmed. I was so excited to tell Brandon all day; in fact I didn’t even call him that day at work because I knew that if I called him, I might get too excited and wet my pants and blurt out the surprise.

So, instead, I made him a cake. The plan was for him to cut into the cake, see that the inside layer of the cake had pink frosting instead of blue, and deduce for himself that we were having a baby girl. Only, it didn’t work out that way. I had the cake on display, right for him to see the minute he walked in from work, but literally the minute he walked through the door, Cade said, “DADDY! Wanna know if it’s a boy or a girl?” Brandon looks at me, questioning, and I shrug. I had purposely NOT told Cade he was going to have a little sister because I knew his little 4 year old brain would get overly excited and ruin the surprise, (if Mama didn’t first) but I guess I forgot to give 4 year olds as much credit as they deserve, because he can sure eavesdrop on conversations I have no idea he’s listening to, so the kid knew what was up.

Then Cade says, “Daddy! I’m so excited; I’m going to have a baby BROTHER!” And I’m like, shaaaarrrrrt. The hell? The nearest thing I could figure out is that he wants a baby brother, so he must have just told him what he was hoping for. I didn’t really know what to do, so, wordlessly, I handed Brandon the envelope full of ultrasound pictures. Brandon was sure it was a boy, but then he saw the ultrasound pics that clearly show it’s a little girl, and he was overjoyed – and, well, SHOCKED. He whipped me in his arms and kissed me like we were in some epic, classic movie. It was fun! We went out to dinner and a movie to celebrate. We held hands and kissed and we’re so in love and it feels great.  I am overjoyed to be giving Cade and Kendall a sister.

Now, we just have to come up with names. Cade is insistent on either naming her Nala (from Lion King) or D.W. (from Arthur) or Jesse (from Toy Story). UNFORTUNATELY, those don’t make my list of top 3. :)


Jenny Bay said...

How cute! I am so excited for you! And you are so lucky, I have to wait like FOUR weeks to find out what I'm having!

brie said...

jenny, just curious, does this pregnancy feel like it did with your little J, or does it feel completely different? because i'm willing to bet that there's a good chance you can determine the gender from that alone - at least, that's how it is for me and my pregnancies!

Sia Jane said...

:D seriously, you just make me :D

Courtney said...

brie! i'm so so SO thrilled for you! my pregnancy with hannah was night and day different from my pregnancy with little j so i'm not one bit surprised it's a girl (i was so sick and had zero energy for 9 months with baby girl).

good luck with everything and hang in there...she'll be here before you know it!

oh, and thanks for your comment on my blog, it's great to hear from you!

Maeve said...

Congratulations!! I am so very happy for you :-)

I believe what you say about being able to determine sex from how it feels during the pregnancy.

Enjoy every minute of the pregnancy. You deserve all the wonderful things life has to offer :-)

Tylaine said...

That is so awesome Brie! I was sure you were gonna have a girl.
That is too cute what Cade said. Made me chuckle. :)
I know a lot of people say their pregnancies are different with boy and girl but for me there really was no difference. Guess I'm an oddball.

emo said...

Hooray Brie!

I am so happy for you guys!
That's a good ultrasound pic indication of a girl too!

Kerri said...

Whahoooo! I am so excited for you guys. My only recommendation is that she has a "K" name too like her big sister, or the same middle name Kendall had, or something similar. I think it would be a nice thing to do in Kendall's memory. Kind of like how when a sibling hears the new baby will be the same gender as s/he, they then think the baby should be named after them? lol

Laur said...

so happy for you. Love Laurie

Angela said...

How very exciting coming from a woman who has four boys! I'm so happy for your family. Take good care of you and baby girl:)

t. said...

i'm kinda digging nala. ;)


Krista said...

Dora Winifred Breivik! That would be perfect! Jaxon is pretty set that we are naming this baby Caden like his friend at school so we might just have twinner boy names.

KC said...

I'm all for Nala but I do support other naming endeavors!

rachel said...

Congrats Brie Brie!

Sarah said...

YAY! I'm so excited that
a) you're having a girl
b) I guessed correctly in the poll!

Not sure which makes me happier. Oh wait--You're having a GIRL! That totally takes the cake. YAY!!! Congrats!

PS-Next time I'm having a surprise birthday party, I have to send Cade an invite. The guest of honor will come in, and Cade will be all, "this party's for someone else!" It will be epic.