Wednesday, December 11, 2013


I am pretty confident most of you follow me on some form of social media, but for the few of you who don't, I wanted to let you know that we are having ANOTHER GIRL!!!!!!!!

We are so so thrilled about this news! 

Here's the lowdown...

Back at our 12 week sonogram (the Downs Syndrome screening) they looked at every inch of the baby. When the girl got to the nether regions, she asked if we wanted to know what we were having. "Yes!" we both screamed! She told us it absolutely looked like a girl- she could find no hint at boy parts anywhere. "But isn't this WAY too early to tell?!" I asked. She said it was, and sometimes a boy's parts can be misleading if it's really a girl, but usually it's not the other way around. I was in shock. Like total, absolute SHOCK. I would have sworn on my life it was another boy. I just knew it. I couldn't even process this "turn of events" so I looked over at Anthony who hadn't moved a muscle. Not one. His eyes were huge just staring at the screen. I asked him if he was ok and he just got wider-eyed and nodded yes. Haha! He was NOT ok. He just kept staring at the screen saying, "Ummm, ok. Ok. Ummm."  It was hysterical!

As we left that appointment I made him swear he wouldn't tell a soul. While I appreciated the girl's opinion on the matter, I have had TWO friends who had this same thing happen to them at their 12 (or 15 week) appointment and it ended up wrong! However, both of these friends were told it was a boy first, so the tech's theory was right on.

Anyway, we were getting the Jack and Jill bloodtest to find out the gender anyway that day, so I knew we'd have confirmation either way soon.

The results were supposed to come back in about two weeks. On the 10th day- a Friday- my nurse called. I answered and said hello and she told me who it was and I just blurted out, "PLEASE DON'T TELL ME THE GENDER YET!" She totally started laughing and said for me not to worry. After going over the other results of the test, I asked if she would put it in an envelope for me to pick up that afternoon. I didn't need to be surprised, but I DID want to be with Anthony when we found out for sure. In a devastating turn of events, she told me she was gone for the weekend but I could come up first thing Monday morning. NO WAY! She then offered to call me back and leave it on my voicemail. I decided that was a great idea and hung up.

I had that voicemail on my phone for EIGHT hours before I listened to it!!!!!!!!!!!

My little sister was in town that day and I was just bursting to tell someone that the call had come in. Michelle was leaving that night, and I really wanted her to know. So I let her listen to the voicemail before anyone else! I knew she wouldn't give anything away, and I knew she knew how important waiting was to me. So she went in my bathroom and listened to it. And came out with a smile. I had no clue. No clue. It was virtually impossible for her to give anything away, because we truly didn't care the sex of this baby. We were so thankful to have a baby and a brother for Jay or a sister for Charley was a win either way!

FINALLY that night (after work and a birthday party), Anthony and I listened to the news together!

"Courtney, this is Ellie with Dr. McCloskey. I just wanted to let you know that you are having a GIRL! Congrats, sweetie!"


I mean, I couldn't even handle it. I cried. And then freaked out. Could I raise another girl?! Sweet precious Charley was more than enough at this point! But then I thought about it... A SISTER FOR CHARLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have always always always talked about how sisters are the greatest gift in the world (see here). They had their maids of honor chosen already. They had a built in best friend forever. They were going to have the BEST life together! And I can't think of a better guy to be the big brother to two little girls. Jay is DEFINITELY the right guy for the job!

We let the news sink in the next few days. For some reason, I just really didn't want to share this news yet. There was just something so special about just us knowing. Anthony eventually opened his big mouth and told my parents we knew- so we had Jay tell them he was having a baby sister. They were SO excited! Mom cried and screamed and Dad chuckled and loved it. Jay was NOT happy though- he wanted a baby brother and was beyond disappointed. He'll learn one day that while the girls entertain each other, he will be king of the roost! We told Anthony's parents the day after over Facetime and they were equally as excited! Such fun!

We waited until Thanksgiving to tell the rest of our siblings/husbands. That was a week after we initially found out! A WEEK we kept it a secret! I can't believe Jay didn't spill the beans. That one's a keeper for sure (and does NOT take after his Daddy! Ha!). My mom has us go around the Thanksgiving table and each person tells what they are thankful for that year. When it got to me, I said I was thankful for my hardworking husband, the opportunity to stay home with my kids, my two beautiful children, and a healthy baby GIRL on the way! Everyone erupted! It was super fun!

So since I've found out the news, I have gotten more excited! Charley and Baby Girl will be just over two years apart. That's two grades. That's PERFECT! I'm so excited they will be so close in age.

I've also shopped too much- and have decided I have a Baby Toms addiction. Yikes!

It is also starting to sink in that when Jay is a senior in high school, we will have a Senior boy, Junior girl, and Freshman girl in the house. Ummm, sleepovers are OUT OF THE QUESTION. Seriously. I'm shipping the opposite sex child to my parents' house where they will safely be away from the opposite sex friends for the night! :)

I also can't stop thinking of the fun memories my girlS (yes there is an S on the end of that!!!) will make together. And truly, I can't think of a better boy to have younger sisters. For now, Jay will be my special boy and I will have my special girls. Too. Perfect.

Toms family!

And PS- After we told our family we waited another two weeks to go public with this knowledge. That is almost a month of us knowing and keeping a secret, people!!!! Woohoo!

Matching sparkle shoes for my GIRLS! Eek! 


kinsey said...

our families are the exact same! Boy, girl, girl...first two 22 months apart and my girls only 20 months apart. So we will have the same high school situation going on. I already picture Hank driving off on his first day of senior year with two sisters in tow. He's going to be a populAr guy. Ha! Congrats on another girl! It is so fun. My blog is private, but feel free to email me if you want me to add you. I've enjoyed reading about your family since I found your blog...

Katie said...

So exciting!! That's about the same arrangement we have in our family- my brother is 18mo older than I am (one grade) and my sister is 4 years younger. Side note though, we have always had friends sleep over with no problems. If you don't have a brother you might not understand, but their friends are really like siblings or cousins or something - I would NEVER want to date my brother's friends and no funny business ever went on. Congrats again!!

Kate said...

Oh my gosh. I have been following your blog for a while now Courtney and between you and Chelsea Salomone I absolutely can't wait to have kids and hope I can be half the mom that you 2 are. So excited for your second girl!!! Congrats again!!!

Jules said...

I'm just so excited for your precious family! Having a sister is the best, and having one so close in age will be wonderful!
I do have to be honest with you- I think you have a *slight* addiction with kids shoes. Don't be ashamed... I too have this problem :) Haha!!

Brittany Sciba said...

SOO excited for you!! Jay seems like the sweetest boy and his two little sisters are so lucky to have him!! Charley and baby girl will make such precious memories together!! Can't wait to find out her name! Have you decided?!

Maggie Coleman said...

Such a sweet combination! Sisters are the best, but having a sweet older brother is even better! I just might be a tad biased though since that is my families combination :)!

Jason and Jenny said...

This is such wonderful news Courtney! I kept waiting for this post! I am so glad charley will have a sister. How special! I can't wait to read as the adventures continue but a bit more wildly with three!!

the blogivers said...

Yay for another girl!!! And I'm super impressed with your secret-keeping skills... I couldn't have done it, that's for sure :) Very excited for y'all!

The Joiners said...

So excited for y'all! And I agree- every girl should have a sister (although I don't know if I'm brave enough to attempt to give one to Clara- she may have to settle for just a brother, ha)! Congrats :)

ChelseaSalomone said...

Aw!!! Congrats!!! That will be PERFECT!! In my perfect world I always wanted an older boy and two girls. What fun, fun, fun times ahead!!!

The Moriarty Family said...

Oh my goodness, cutest tiny toms EVERRRRRR! Can't wait to see that baby girl sportin' those!