It's a Boy!! Today we had our big ultrasound! Everything looked great and we were able to find out that it is definitely a boy! There are a couple pictures below. (David has requested that we do not publish the "It's a Boy!" picture.) We are very excited and believe that Jessica will enjoy having a brother to rough and tumble play with!! I am also getting excited thinking about what cute little things I can make for a baby boy! I have enjoyed making dresses for Jessica so much, and I am sure I will come up with some adorable things to make for a baby boy! I think I have mentioned before that David refuses to discuss names until we know what it is. I am pretty good about waiting to discuss it until then; however, once we know, I will not let him rest until we have a name!!! It took us maybe a couple hours to come up with Jessica's name. This one we came up with in about an hour!
His name will be John David, and we will call him John. Both are family names. David wanted to make sure that the name was practical: easy to pronounce, easy to spell, doesn't sound weird 20 years from now, etc. Also neither of us wanted a name that was currently very trendy, and although John is a fairly popular name, it has not been as popular in recent years. For me, the important thing was what the name means. John means "God's gracious gift." and David means "Beloved." Both names seem very descriptive of this child's place in our hearts, especially after seeing just how fragile life can be. This is also the process we used to pick Jessica's name (and by the way the "J" theme is purely accidental). Jessica means "Gift" or "God sees." Elizabeth is a family name and means "Dedicated to God." We felt this name was very appropriate since we had not expected to become pregnant at that time. So far all of our names have a Hebrew origin, mostly because of what the names mean (not to mention the Bible tends to make them classic American name choices). For now at least I will still be able to have our names in English and Hebrew with the meanings in the kids' room! We'll have to just wait and see what we end up doing name-wise for the next child!
We have a few other details we need to consider (that you will hear about later), but for the most part we are about ready for this little one to join us! I have cemented in my mind that although I did not want an induction that is the best choice for our baby. I had mentioned earlier that I am a carrier for Strep Group B in my blood and that I need 4 hours of penicillin through an IV during labor and delivery in order to ensure that I do not pass it on to our baby. Although it is not dangerous for me, it can be dangerous for a newborn, and because Jessica's labor and delivery lasted only 6 hours, we live almost an hour from the hospital, and second children usually come faster, we do not want to risk not getting enough penicillin to protect the baby. I still hope to avoid an epidural. I felt that it was a positive experience last time; however, I recognize that each labor and delivery is different so we will just have to see! We have had a very long day, and we are both worn out! I am going to go get some chores done around the house while relaxing to some Star Trek!! Perhaps I will share more tomorrow. :-)