The BIG debate in the Smith house for the last several weeks has been: Will the Boys even the score? Or will we be closer to officially being able to act out the Von Trapp Family (they have 2 boys and 5 girls for all who aren’t Sound of Music savvy)? Everyone agreed we’d be happy with either.
And the answer is (drum roll please): It’s a GIRL!!
I must admit, I’ve been stumped…again. I thought Cienna was a boy, and assumed even more (though just a guess) that this one was a boy. (Apparently pregnancy experience doesn’t improve chances of guessing right.)
But alas, another sweet angel girl will join our clan of 3 VERY excited older sisters (and it will be nice to have an even number there…they already spend significant time bonding in the bathroom together; now they can more easily use the buddy system). And she will undoubtedly adore her 2 proud older brothers, who admitted they were slightly hoping for a younger brother to wrestle with and have follow in their footsteps (not to mention to get added support for the natural competitive sibling rivalry). But I noticed both boys walking a little taller when we discussed their increased importance. They will have 4 younger sisters to watch over and protect. Not very many people in the world can say that (strategically boosting their 8 and 9-year-old competitive spirits…wink,wink).
When I think of having another girl, I remember finding out that Diggy was a boy (and I confess to feeling slightly disappointed at the time) and wondering if I would ever have a girl (especially as an only girl with 3 brothers). Now I have 4, and I’m even more grateful my two boys have each other. They are truly best friends and great older brothers.
I imagine how much more experienced I’ll become at managing phrases like, “Stop, Mom! You’re pulling on my hair too much!” or “That doesn’t look right on me,” or “She’s wearing my skirt” five minutes before it’s time to jump in the car before church. And I truly hope my mother will still be up to LOTS of formal-dress sewing/altering in about 10-18 years.
But when I really stop to ponder the thought of another one of God’s precious daughters coming into my care, I am humbled at His trust in me. I’m grateful for the chance to intimately influence another future wife and mother. I know she’ll be watching my every move. Her anticipated arrival motivates me (all over again) to improve myself in prep for her delicate personality and impressionable brain.
And Brent’s thoughts: 4 princesses, 4 teenage girls, 4 brides. What could be more exciting and expensive and dramatic and tender and lovely than that? (And maybe we need another bathroom…and we will definitely need a bigger van…but that’s a touchy subject.)
Our next BIG question = What will her name be? The highest vote so far goes to Mary Chris…so we can say Mary Chris Smith all year round. Luckily, we still have a few months to discuss that one…but whatever her name, it’ll feel like Christmas around the 4th of July! :)