It was a big box.
Tied with a red and white striped ribbon.
There was a shuffle of getting dressed, slicking hair-do's and brunch to be eaten. In the bustle they picked up on the feeling that this gift was something special, something even mommy and daddy were excited about opening.
The anticipation was about all one little boy could take as I made last minute adjustments to his clothes and he wiggled desperately to get out of reach of my fixings.
But soon it was time.
Guesses were announced.
"Is it for all of us?"
"Yes, ALL of us."
"Who gets to use it most?"
"Well, we all get to love it but Mommy gets to carry it for now..."
"Is there more than one?"
"Hmmmm... we are pretty sure there is only ONE in there but I guess there could be two, we'll have to see!"
The ribbon was pulled.
THERE'S GOING TO BE A BABY
She caught on first.
With quick finger-point she clued her brothers in.
"Mom, are you pregnant?"
Hugs, happy tears, questions, some answers.
"Mom, oh-my-goodness, what if it's another BOY?!"
You'll live, honey, you'll live.
They are soaking it in, as am I. We all are realizing the blessing it is to be a family and what a blessing it is to add another heart to love to the mix.
We are thankful to have another chair to fill. We are excited to meet this new little person who will walk and sit beside us. We are thrilled to become a family of six. But for now we mostly dream as there is not much else to be doing in these early days.
The chair waits patiently for August 2013.
Blessed Mother of 4
P.S. Here are a few more details for those asking:
- The ribbon is NOT pink, as I mentioned above. Sorry, it holds no girly message. Cracks me up that I keep getting asked that, as I never even thought about the red/white stripes appearing pink in photos.... and this is ME we are talking about... I OVER-think about everything! [wink] For the record, we like surprises and have no plans to find out the gender at this point.
- I am feeling great at the moment. Although, this may be because we have been SO sick with influenza for weeks and ANYTHING feels better after that.
- Official due date is something like August 8th, 2013