News I Had to Share…

babygirl3Tom and I had an unforgettable afternoon today. It was a detailed, hour-long ultrasound to check on the baby and its development. I was keyed up because it’s during these scans that they can see many health issues. I was also excited because today was the day when they would tell us, boy or girl. I couldn’t even sleep for thinking about it all last night. Would it be a fifth son or a second daughter?

It has been a long time since my last second trimester ultrasound, (my first one this time was too early to really see much.) It has been 13 years to be exact. It was, for me, an emotional moment when the technician began the scan. Finally seeing into the dark, private world of the womb and the baby who has been known only by the Lord up to that point, is quite a moment. “Hi, at last, precious person,” was all I could think. There was the little head, the hands, clenching and unclenching, five beautiful fingers on each hand, all the little arm bones and thigh bones and the perfect little spine. Fourteen ounces already! The baby absolutely has Tom’s nose. I kept telling myself I wouldn’t cry, but I couldn’t help it. God’s design is so unbelievable. What a tribute these little babies are to His Master Skill. What a Creator, what a craftsman He is. 

Then the question came, “Do you want to know the gender?” We both said…yes! The sonographer said, “Well, I was watching from the beginning…and…it’s…a……………………………GIRL!”

I didn’t think I’d tell anyone for a little while, but I am excited, and I had to tell my Hope readers.  I don’t quite know what having a baby girl is like. Our daughter, Mary, arrived in our family as a toddler, so I know about the delight of girl toddlers, but I have no experience with girl infants. William asked me, quite seriously, what baby girls are like and what they do. I assured him that they cried, laughed, smiled, ate and kept a mom (a dad, too!) busy changing diapers just like boys. That’s what I’ve heard anyway. 😉

There are still a lot of weeks to go. We have cause for concern that I can make it the whole way. We’re trusting God and thanking Him for our tiny little daughter growing and developing. We pray that in God’s time, we’ll get to hold her in our arms.

That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace. 

–Psalm 144:12

38 thoughts on “News I Had to Share…

  1. Janie says:

    Wow! What news! A GIRL!!!!! We will continue to pray for her….does she have a name? I pray that God will keep her safe and you as well. Take care and God Bless!

  2. Roxylee says:

    Oh, Ingrid, what wonderful news! Your blog posts are so wonderful and God- honoring to read; they cause me to cry with thanksgiving. Thank you for taking the time to write them, along with bringing Slice to us. You are a true heroine of the Faith. I pray for the health of you and your new baby girl, and that you will receive much encouragement as you continue to stand up for the Truth.

  3. Becky says:

    Congratulations on your new daughter. I have one of each and I can tell you it’s much easier to change a girls diaper.
    My prayers for your baby’s safe arrival.

  4. Melisa H. says:

    Oh that is such wonderful news! I agree with Becky – girls diapers are easier to change, LOL! We will continue to pray for you!

  5. akaGaGa says:

    Oh, what a blessing! You had me crying right along with you. Thank you so much for sharing with us. When I had my kids, they only used ultrasound if there was a problem, so I never had one. It must be an amazing thing.

    Heartfelt prayers for you and your baby’s good health.

    And I concur with Becky … and would add that changing a girl’s diaper is a lot less dangerous!

  6. Jessica Fales says:

    A girl! What fun! All those cute little tiny dresses and bloomers! Oh the frilly little bloomers. 🙂 The bows for the hair, the little head bands, fun, fun, and more fun! Can you tell sometimes I day dream about dressing up a little girl? Little patten shoes! I love my son but if God blesses us with another baby I would really love for it to be a little pink baby girl.

    You and your new daughter are in my prayers continually.


  7. Christina says:

    I will be praying for you and your little girl. It is so funny. I am 2 weeks behind you pretty much and I am having a girl too! It is our 3rd child, 2nd girl. I will have to agree, girls are easier at changing time. Our daughter was 6lbs when she left the hospital, not a premie though, but she was a very stubborn one right away. She knew what she wanted.
    I am so excited for you. Congrats.

  8. Yemi Ogunbase says:

    Ingrid, I am so happy for you and Tom! I felt myself tearing up as I read your post. The place where I have really marveled at the sheer awesomeness of God has been in the labor and delivery room. Watching the births of my 4 boys…seeing these little humans, made in the image of our Creator, entering this world has to be one of the most beautiful scenes we have this side of Heaven.

    Congratulations to both of you. Make sure you get plenty of rest!

  9. Sandra T says:

    Congratulations. What a blessed joy. So happy for your family. We will become 1st time grandparents this July – our son and his wife had a scan a few weeks ago and found out -it was a girl!! Smiles all around!

  10. Rose says:

    So happy to read this update today and find you are having a little girl. Wonderful news! Keeping you and your little one in my prayers often.

  11. Steve says:

    Yay for you, Ingrid. Awesome news. Hope and pray that baby is happy and healthy and grows up to be a God-fearing woman.

  12. Mrs. U says:

    I am SOOOOO excited for your family!!!!!! A sweet baby girl!!! I cannot imagine how absolutely thrilled y’all are!!!!!

    I will keep praying and you keep on resting!!!!!

    Mrs. U

  13. doreen says:

    Glory to God! And I say along with everyone else congratulations.

    God is so good to us. You are all so excited about the soon to be birth of your little girl. And quite right too.

    Like the word of God tells us, …the fruit of the womb is a reward, Psalm 127v3.

    You are richly rewarded.

    And yes, girls are easier to change!

    God bless.

  14. Anjelle says:

    Oh my gosh this is so beautiful!!!!!!
    Reading your post was like being there with you through the ultrasound! haha
    God Bless You guys! and Congratulations!!!
    I will continue praying that this baby arrives healthy and full term.

    Our Lord be praised!

    hugs to all!

  15. Danita says:

    How wonderful! What a lovely description you’ve provided of the baby’s comfy home. That you for sharing such a private moment with us.

    We’re praying for you and your growing family.


  16. Carol says:

    Oh, Ingrid, I am so excited and thrilled to hear the news!! I was hoping that it’s a girl!! What a blessing that the Lord would let you experience a brand new baby girl!! Thanks for sharing the news!! You will enjoy your new little jewel and I’m sure that the boys will, too. I agree that girls are easier to diaper as my daughter never wet the wall or the artwork like my son did! I also have to mention the time that my three year old daughter was watching me change him and I heard her wail, “MOMMY! LOOK WHAT HE DID TO ME!” !! Love, Carol

  17. christianlady says:

    I am very happy for you Ingrid! I love it when God brings a new baby into a family. My 6th is 19 months old, and I’ve got the baby bug…

    So glad baby is also looking healthy. Wonderful news!

    Blessings to you!

  18. Mary Ann says:

    What a precious blessing! God will keep you both in the shadow of His wings.
    Mary Ann

  19. ab says:

    Very wonderful to hear. Maybe a little Eastertide trip to the little girls clothing store would be a treat for you and Mary to go on in weeks to come…Gods blessings be over the health of you and new your little baby.


  20. Pamela R. says:

    Congratulations, Ingrid! What wonderful news! A sweet, pink baby girl – what an incredible blessing! I continue to pray for you, your daughter(!), and your family. Have a most special Easter!


  21. Julie says:

    Congratulations, Ingrid!!!
    Little girls are so much fun to dress up. And they love to change their clothes very frequently somewhere after the age of two. (I think they are born loving shoes, too). You will have so much fun with this little one. She will help you bake cookies during all of the holidays. Also, little girls tend to do better in utero than boys. I will continue to pray for you and your baby girl. If you have to give up Slice for a few months to protect both of you, then so be it. Just keep us posted on Hope so we can know how you are both doing and know how to pray for any of your specific needs. Nap frequently and keep off of your feet as much as possible! Love and prayers! Julie

  22. Cheryl says:

    Oh, Ingrid, what a blessing to be able to peer within and get that first glimpse of your baby girl! It is certainly an emotional experience. Thanks for sharing your news…we rejoice with you! And continue to pray. Praise to our Creator!

    Cheryl in MD

  23. Joanne says:

    Oh, so very happy for your family–a little girl. I am the mother of 2 grown-up daughters and the grandmother of 3 grandsons and a beautiful granddaughter, 3 year old Molly. She loves to sing and talk and is such a girly girl. She so enjoys her “baby” dolls and is such a good mother to them–she even corrects them for being too “noisy”! What a lovely surprise blessing the Lord has given to you and to your husband. What a glorious Lord we serve.

    Joanne in IL

  24. Jennifer Peacock says:

    From the mother of two wonderful daughters…congratulations.

    Have you and Tom agreed on a name, or were you waiting until you knew the gender, or just waiting in general?

    Somehow I knew I was carrying a girl the first time and had her name picked out even before the sonogram confirmed anything. The second time around, we had a name picked out for a girl and a boy (because the tech didn’t even bother to check for the sex at my 16th-week sonogram), but by the 35th week I grew to hate it. So we scrambled for a new name after we confirmed quite late in the pregnancy that we were having another daughter.

  25. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    Thank you to everyone for sharing your baby girl advice and for your prayers. Tom and I are fairly certain we have a name, but are reserving a final statement until we see our daughter and make sure that’s the right name for her. While thinking of boys names we struggled to find one. We both like classic names for our children, but each one I would come up with wouldn’t pass muster with Tom and the ones he liked didn’t hit me as “the name.” I told him early on, ‘Maybe it’s a girl in that we just can’t seem to find the right name for a boy that we both agree on.” I was right. I had already, in my heart, chosen a name I loved for a girl, but hadn’t really told Tom I was sold on that one. So when it turned out to be a girl, Tom came up with several others that were really fine names, but not the one I had chosen. Finally, I had to confess to him that I couldn’t think of the baby girl as anybody but the name I loved. Somehow, in my heart, I had settled on that name without realizing it. Tom said that it was up to me if it meant a lot to me, so I think we have it. We just have to make sure upon seeing her. That will seal the deal for us.

  26. Lisa K says:

    Ingrid – it’s so interesting you said you have to see your baby before you decide 100% on the name. My sister has six children and always said the same thing. She said she even had certain names picked out and changed her mind when she saw the babies – they just didn’t fit. With my two boys I decided on the names before I ever saw them and stuck to them – I guess they looked like the names without me realizing it!

  27. Marilyn says:

    Back in Aug of 93, I found out I was going to have a girl. Now almost 15 1/2 years later, the honeymoon has never ended. She is an absolute joy and delight for the most part. I got the news after having a still birth girl and then two boys. I was considered high risk and would of been happy for either sex. However, I won’t lie, I was very happy to be having a girl. I love all three of my kids and am grateful to have experienced raising and mothering both genders. There are definite differences. I feel truly blessed and can totally relate to elation you are feeling. I pray you go full term and have a healthy girl.

  28. Kris Winkel says:

    Couldn’t be happier for the both of you. Thank you for
    sharing the “point in time” when you knew the miracle
    God blessed you with. It brought me to tears. We ask
    the Lord to continue to keep both of you in His loving arms……..Love, Kris & Mike

  29. Denise says:

    Congradulations! I went through something similar 4 1/2 years ago. Thinking I was TOTALLY SOOOOO done with babies, with my oldest 10 and youngest 7, I found out, to the shock of myself and my husband, I was pregnant! I was in shock for two months. The ultrasound woke me up to the reality and when I had our 3D ultra sound done, we found out we were having another girl. =)

    Olivia is our surprise love gift from the Lord. Her sisters, now 15 and 12 love her to pieces. We are truly blessed with a beautiful and happy and smart little girl. God’s sovereignty over ruled my deisre to be done with more children and HE was as He always is, right!

  30. Elizabeth Platz says:

    Ingrid! I guess I should have looked here first! So much for giving away my boy stuff, but to be honest… I was hoping for a girl for you guys. I’m thrilled (and I still have stuff you’ll need)!

    Happy for you! Liz

  31. Deanna says:

    This is very exciting and encouraging.
    You and I are the same age. We’ve been trying to start a family for several years. If you can do it, maybe I can too.

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