Hey friends and family,
So thought you might want to hear from the momma too, about all this new news. I can't even describe to you all that I have felt on Monday and the days since. I was so excited and nervous about the appointment on Monday that I couldn't even sleep. I knew our lives would be drastically shifted from that point on, once we learned boy or girl. The appointment was great, although Kieren is already showing her personality in being very stubborn; we searched around my belly for like 30 minutes looking for the 'girl' parts! Finally she gave in, and all of a sudden we were having a girl, Kieren Joy Prince. I actually was crying the whole ultrasound (no not awkward...) but once we found out that news, I was overwhelmed and emotional beyond what I even expected. The funny thing is, the last couple weeks I just new it was a girl, and all summer I felt like God was preparing me for a girl. I was privileged this summer to be around many young parents of little girls, and I loved every minute of it. And especially being with young dads fathering little girls, I mean who is going to be a better father of a girl then Casey?? He is going to be the best dad ever! But still, to get the news was more then I could handle. I couldn't even say the name 'Kieren' for the rest of the day, even though we have had that name picked out for years. It's slowly setting in, and has really helped me to connect with her as she grows inside of me. It's no longer an alien invasion (and I mean that in the most sensitive, nurturing way), but it is Kieren growing inside me. It's just crazy insanity and I can't even grasp it, but I love it all. I find myself holding my belly, praying for her, and thinking about her all the time now.
Here's things I haven't done now that I know Kieren is on the way. 1) Buying 'cute' baby girly baby clothes. Hi, have we met? I don't do 'cutsie' stuff that well, so we're going to have to figure out what to do here. I told Casey that we are going to go for 'township chic' (a phrase I coined) for Kieren, so when she is in Africa in the future she doesn't get beat up, or we don't get beat up. So yeah, no clothes yet. 2)I haven't decided the baby room 'colors.' Yeah, I don't know what to do about that because again, not cutisie mom, most stuff is really cutsie. So I do know this, one of the colors will be chocolate brown and then we'll throw in a green or purple or something. But just wait on all your baby quilts or whatever, I'll let you know. 3)I haven't started singing or talking to her yet. I know that will happen because I talk to Lance all the time, but just not there yet. Maybe I will get Lance to talk to her...
Okay, those are some thoughts for this week. Job going really well, I am EXHAUSTED at the end of the day, but so thankful for this opportunity. I feel like I'm in the perfect place and it's a great step towards whatever is next. Pray for Kieren's health and beautiful growing body and heart, and mom's health in the process. Feeling pretty good, but normal 'pregnant' stuff is always to be expected.
Love you all - thanks for all your love and support!