Sunday, March 10, 2013

Blessed, blessed, blessed.

I've been a bad blogger (again). My only real excuse is that I've been busy playing Candy Crush. Seriously. This is an addiction that can only be rivaled by the Great Spider Solitaire Addiction of 2006. I'll admit it. That is the first step, right?

Anyway, last Monday, March 4 was our big anatomy scan! I was beyond excited. Brandon and I flew to Dallas and then drove to Wichita Falls on Sunday. Monday morning, we met Ivy for breakfast at IHOP and then a tour of labor and delivery at the hospital. For the most part, everything was great with that. The staff was really nice, even if mostly ignorant of the surrogacy process. I think they will do their best to accomodate us and I actually feel much better after meeting with them. I think I speak for Ivy and myself when I say that July can't get here soon enough! We cannot wait for delivery day and all the amazing, amazing feelings that come with that!

Then, we were off to Ivy's doctor's office for the scan. Everything looked perfect! Two sweet hands with adorable fingers, two sweet feet with tiny toes, a gorgeous beating heart, stomach, kidneys, brain...all perfect. And...the anticipation of the gender reveal...we are having a GIRL!!! I still can't believe it! Each time we refer to her as, well, a "her" or "she" I have to take a moment to realize it's all real. We would have been thrilled with a boy or girl and really, truly just wanted a healthy baby. It has been so long since we've had a little girl though (Aubrey will be 13 in May!) and we are so excited with the newness of it. I'm also thrilled that Aubrey will have a sister (she is too, bursting into tears when she found out). And, I'm happy Blaine and Abram will have a little sister to love and protect. It's just wonderful.

And, because no post is complete without pictures, here are some jewels...

Introducing...Miss July (her nickname given by my 90 year old grandmother). She has a real name but I'm not quite ready to announce it :)

Ivy at 18 weeks! Isn't she adorable!?
We did gender reveal cupcakes for our older children and a few friends. Abram was in heaven! 


Brandon and I celebrating our second little girl!