Last summer Mac decided he would announce to anyone who would listen that he was going to have a baby sister. We had no idea where this came from, especially since most of his friends have no baby siblings and those that did primarily had brothers. But, despite being told that this was not the case, Mac was insistent.
Then, Samantha got pregnant and we told Mac. All of the sudden, when asked if he was going to have a baby brother or baby sister, he would answer, "just a baby." We often tried to explain that the baby was going to be a boy or a girl. He only grew more insistent that it was "just a baby."
We had an appointment scheduled for this past week to have an ultrasound done and find out if the baby would be a boy or a girl.
We braved the snow and ice in Athens to get to Samantha's doctor so we could find out if this baby would be a boy or girl. Thankfully, the ultrasound technician was brave enough to drive in the conditions as well. Even as we took Mac into the doctor's office to watch the ultrasound, he continued to say that it was just a baby.
Now we know ...We are having a GIRL!!
Mac has immediately adapted to saying that he is having a baby sister and even saying "her" when referring to things he will do for his baby. (like take her to feed the ducks and make sure she has gloves on)
We were very excited about a baby and had nearly convinced ourselves that we were just as happy with either a boy or a girl, but we sure are excited about this baby girl.
This post is entitled divine intervention because we feel certain that God had a hand in Mac's behavior during this time. I think if he had continued saying he was going to have a baby sister for the last 20 weeks we would have all had our hopes up. The reality is that we had hoped for a girl anyway (yes, even Doug), but Mac's neutrality on the subject helped us to have a good attitude and remember that either way a baby is an amazing gift from God.