Thursday, January 7, 2010

Baby Sissah

Christmas this year typified years past in many respects: same sweet house, full of family; same looooong drive there, this time with a few more pit stops than usual; and same guest room we managed to secure last time, because we were then pregnant with Betsy. (What with beds being so rare, being pregnant is totally the way to go.) So, being the careful planners we are, and knowing we'd be up in Washington for Christmas, we decided to get me knocked up.

Totally worth it, p.s.

I am now twenty-twoish (threeish?) weeks along and can do a stunning impression of an octogenarian. Okay, maybe not, but it feels that way. Oooooh, it feels that way. I am generally not one to whine about a pregnancy -- they're too hard to come by for that -- so I guess it's best to say I can tell my body felt the toll of Betsy the first time around.

Just one or two days before the gender ultrasound, Betsy was playing with her baby doll. I took it from her and put her up to her high chair, asking her if she wanted to have a baby at our house. We'd been mentioning baby brothers and sisters at our house a few times, but I was still shocked when, after a moment of obvious thought, she announced, quite decidedly, "baby sissah." Scott was out of town at the time and missed out on her sweet moment (which repeated itself about a dozen times before I finally got her to bed that night) but she was more than happy to make similar announcements when he got home. Once I even tried to trick her into saying brother, but she would have none of it. Sissah it would be.

Lo and behold, we're having a girl.

Please excuse my right arm, as it was feeling a little camera shy. And also, I generally look much larger than this. I have no idea how wearing two shirts can possibly make me look smaller, but it is my magic shirt, and for its miracles I shall love it till the day I die.

We hadn't announced it to anyone in Scott's family except his parents and Kammie, who couldn't make it up, but Katie had seen us in November and had her suspicions. Still, the Weeds and the Tippets were thoroughly surprised. It was fun to have a little surprise to look forward to telling everyone. It also made this stage of the pregnancy feel different from the miscarriage I had back in April of last year. (Yes, miscarriage. Don't feel bad if I didn't tell you... we're still friends... I just kept it all pretty quiet.)

It was a wonderful Christmas and Betsy got the hang of "penants" pretty quickly, happily opening hers and generally playing with everyone else's. (Dang Momma didn't want to open the puzzles and such just to lose pieces before returning home!) The Lord generously blessed us with a wonderful family and a delightful holiday. And a bonus gift coming in May!

20 comments:

Neil and Courtney Anne said...

Hehe, I'll be the first reader to say, "CONGRATULATIONS"! So exciting! can't wait to see more cute pictures of Momma and girls.

Jacqueline said...

Congratulations Mickelle!!!! You have a beautiful family!

Kinzie Sue said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so excited and happy for you and your family!! Betsy is going to love being a big sissah!

Carina said...

Awww...she's gonna be such a cute big sissah! I love it! Congrats again, my friend. I can't wait to meet the little one sometime this summer :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! -sa

Svedi Pie said...

:D :D Another girl! I'm so excited for you :D :D!! Craig is too, he already thinks Betsy is the cutest thing ever and loves her even more after I told him that story.

Chelsea said...

I am SO SO SO SO SOOOO excited for you guys! You are the greatest parents ever and she is going to be such a lucky girl to get you guys! Yay!

Jeff & Michelle said...

Congrats on the new baby girl! You look awesome! I'm jealous! :)

Amanda said...

YAY!!! Congratulations! Having 2 girls close in age is WONDERFUL. :) Hope you continue to enjoy being pregnant! Can't wait for updates!

Jacki said...

Congratulations Mikelle and Scott! Two girls has worked out great for us. Great job keeping the secret and securing a good guest room, such a great bonus to being pregnant!

Wendy said...

Yay, congratulations! You guys definitely do a great job in the girl category (Betsy's beautiful!), so this is a good. My husband is convinced that if he drinks vinegar for weeks before conception that it makes a boy. He did and we had a boy, so I (unfortunately) can't disprove him yet. I'm so excited to see more updates!

LaCee said...

CONGRATS! I have to say, I had my suspicions but didn't want to ask since you had fertility problems before and I didn't want to open an old wound just in case you weren't but were trying ;). If I were brave I would have said something when you came to take little Roo's pictures :). I'm so excited for you! I hope I can be as sneaky with our next pregnancy and wait as long as you did to tell! By the way, you look great :).

Michele Sekaquaptewa said...

I am so happy for you! Can't wait to see the newest little one. I'm definitely making her a blanket. Oh, and that picture of you is ADORABLE! I hope I'm that cute when I'm pregnant!

Loradona said...

Yay! When are you due? Please have your baby on May 15, because that would make it the third year in a row that someone I know has given birth to a baby on my birthday. Because the world revolves around me!

Sara Schwartz said...

WOW CONGRATS YOU GUYS!! We all are so happy for you both!!

Sara said...

Congratulations!! Two girls! You are very blessed :)

Liz and Grant said...

Congrats!!!!!! I am sooo happy for you guys, and we know she's going to be gorgeous- just look at Betsy! I was just looking at your christmas pics on face book and I was thinking something was up- This is so EXCITING!!! Can't wait for May to see pictures of this lttle one.

Grace said...

congratulations Mickelle! So you are due in April-May? I bet Betsy will love her little "Sissah"

Kimmel Tippets said...

I have to officially put my CONGRATULATIONS up here even though I got to be surprised, in person, over Christmas! I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. And you know what's funny? Shane and I prefer the blow up mattress to that guest bed...so next time we're all together, as far as I'm concerned, you guys can have the guest bed even if you're not pregnant! Love you guys!

Shelly Beth said...

Congratulations! I am excited to hear the news, but I am sure Betsy will be more than thrilled to put her little arms around a sweet baby sister! Two little girls is such fun!