All my life I have thought I wanted two kids. Anthony had thought three. I come from a family of two and he comes from a family of three, so I find that is often the case. However, luckily both of us were flexible when we started talking about kids back in our dating days. Back then I thought I may be okay with three. Then we moved to the DR (meaning lots of expensive international flights to visit family in Canada and the UK), bought a very small forever home with only two bedrooms, and have very small incomes, so two kids seemed like the best fit for us. All of that along with the fact that both Anthony and I are ready to be past the increased risks of actually giving birth in a country like this with fairly poor medical care.
So when we found out we were pregnant this time around, we were thrilled! We knew that this was it. This was our final baby, our final pregnancy… the final member of our family. The final pregnancy part did, and still does, make me feel a bit sad because I actually love being pregnant and said hours after Lids was born, “I want to do it all over again NOW!!”, but even with that sadness, I am just so so excited that this is it. Our family will be complete… and that is something I really didn’t know if I would ever get to say.
At about 6 1/2 weeks pregnant we went in for an ultrasound and got to see baby’s heart beating away for the first time. What a moment that was. I was so relived to know baby was okay in there and allowed the excitement to set in. Several weeks later we went back for another ultrasound in hopes of finding out baby’s sex. Unfortunately it was still too early so the doc couldn’t see much at all and gave us no clues on sex. It was so blurry on the old machine that we could barely tell what we were looking at, but what the doc could see, she said looked good and that was all that mattered. Then this past Tuesday we decided to go to the capital city to a fancy clinic with 2D and 3D ultrasound machines in order to find out baby’s sex. Well let me tell you (okay, many of you have probably had one of these ultrasounds and know how amazing it is), WOW, I was in tears the moment the ultrasound tech switched the monitor to 3D video. Our baby was no longer a blurred image on the screen. Our baby had 10 perfect little fingers and toes, and a nose which already seemed to match Liddie’s nose. Our baby was perfect (the ultrasound tech even said so)!
That moment in the ultrasound room was the final confirmation for us that this really was it. This was our family of four. Our complete set. And our complete set just happens to include two amazing little girls. Sisters.
… And I am so freaking excited to meet this little girl in person! 🙂
(Sorry if this post is full of spelling mistakes and bad grammar.. I quit proof reading around the time I became a mum.)