when the surprise was revealed they stood with wide eyes and open mouths. scout finally said quite loudly, "are you kidding me?"
i nervously giggled...this wasn't going like i had anticipated. is that a big surprise?
finally, i saw it dawn in boo bears eyes...they sparkled and a smile crept upon her sweet face. i held out my arms and she ran to me. she gently patted my tummy like a mama would do.
next in line was trooper, our tough guy with a soft spot for sweet things. he hugged me and patted my belly...and talked to the baby growing inside. it was almost my undoing.
with tears in my eyes i saw scout seeking out a quiet place. yes, she needs time to process.
i go to her after a few minutes and we chat. she is excited yet concerned for me. i promise her babies are worth all pain. they are worth being big and uncomfortable. what a sweet girl.
since then, they put lotion on my feet, bring water and try to stay quiet while i'm resting. boo bear keeps me updated, thanks to her book on reproduction, on how big the baby is...she's the size of a bean. i ask, "what if it's a boy?" apparently the girls won't entertain that thought. sweet mountain man keeps me fed. seriously, i have never been so hungry in my life.
yesterday trooper had a lesson in feeding a baby doll it's bottle and burping. again, tears came to my eyes as i watched our son who loves to wrestle be gentle for a few minutes.
this new life the Lord has chosen to bless us with will no doubt mean so much to each one of us. after all, as one of our kiddos said...it's "our baby."
"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate." Psalm 127:3-5