Boy oh boy... we're having a GIRL!!
We spent a little over an hour this morning at our doctor's appointment. As we walked in I felt overwhelmed with peace, and yet I was still crying as I approached the front desk. As I found my way to the chair next to Dusty I was able to dry my wet eyes and focus on the promises of the Lord, knowing He has a perfect plan for us, whatever that might mean.
They called us back almost immediately and as they spent time looking at each little part of her, Dr. Rowe and the sonographer, Reina, continued to comment on how healthy and strong she looked. They checked the hands, which were open with five straight fingers, unlike sweet Maddox's overlapping fingers. They checked her beautiful heart that they say is perfectly formed and working well. They looked over her head and spine and it was at that point, in asking if they could tell if there were any indications of spina bifida, when the "No, definitely no spina bifida" brought me to tears again. Reina rubbed my leg, grabbed some tissues and simply told me she understood. I was filled with joy in those moments, praising the Lord for His perfect plan in ALL THINGS.
When they finally said girl, about halfway through, Dusty and I just looked at each other and laughed. We've been spending weeks coming up with boy names, sure that this third little one of ours was going to fill our house with more balls, trucks and trains. We are so surprised and yet, so absolutely thrilled!! Reina looked at Dusty and said "Daddy you better get that Visa warmed up..." He laughed with that "oh my goodness she's right" laugh. It was precious and I am so excited to see how my amazing husband will completely melt over a little girl. Just thinking about it makes me smile... and no doubt our Deacon will be such a good and protective big brother. God is so incredibly good and we are so incredibly thankful!
I have continued to think about this pregnancy and all that this means to our family. I have thought about the tears, the shock, the heartache and the pain, which has quickly given way to smiles, laughter, joy and hopefulness. That healing... the joy is what continues to be our testimony to the faithfulness of our Lord and Savior. This little one wouldn't be possible without our big God and without her big brother Maddox and his story... his legacy. Now she will be creating her own as she has already carved out a new piece of my heart... one that can only belong to her.
"Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."- Psalm 126:2
**Thank you SO MUCH for all of the prayers for our family... is is abundantly clear that His hand is covering us as we rest in Him!