It’s a girl. It’s a GIRL. I’m having a DAUGHTER.
Yesterday was our momentous 20 week ultrasound, and it was quite possibly one of the greatest experiences of my life. Seeing our little angel, watching her wiggle and move around, seeing every last centimeter of our baby – from her tiny little toes to the tip of her head – was surreal and beautiful and heart warming.
Then it happened – our ultrasound technician asked if we were ready to learn what we were having. We nodded, looked at the monitor, and she started typing “I’M A GIRL!!!!!” on the screen. My heart was in my throat, I beamed with joy and amazement, and leaned over and kissed my amazing wife. I can’t even comprehend the flood of emotions that consumed me. “A girl… a girl!” I thought to myself, thrilled and anxious and amazed, all at once. Images of pony tails, big blue eyes, little girl laughs and screams started racing through my mind, imaging a life that will be here before I know it.
Thinking about bringing this little angel into the world, raising her right, teaching her about life, keeping her safe and protecting her from boys is a daunting thought. Will I be reliable? Will she trust me? Will she come to her mother and I when she’s in trouble? Will she talk to us? Will we raise her with a love of God in her heart?
When it comes down to it though, I know we will simply due the very best that we can every day. We’re going to mess up, and we’re going to learn. But the most important piece of the puzzle with our growing little family, is that we be present, we soak it in, and we love. And love we will. I may not get everything right – heck, I know I won’t – but I do know that I will love that little girl more deeply than I have ever loved anything in my life. She already has me wrapped around her tiny little finger.
And you know, love is a pretty good place to start. We can figure the rest out as we go.