About four years ago one of my very great friends found out she was not having just one girl, but two! I got so excited that I just started buying baby girl things.
I got the girls pillow case dressed from Etsy, blankets and burp clothes from a friend, and just sort of sighed deeply at all the cute assuming I would probably not get to do this for myself.
Of course, I was wrong as is evidenced by the fact that a little Alice is growing (and moving!) inside of me as I type.
Last night our families got together for our monthly night of delicious food–her husband is the best cook I have ever met–kid fun, adult time for cards, and so many laughs.
As we were standing around chatting while dinner cooked, she came out with some things for Alice.
Those dresses, blankets, and burp cloths are the ones I bought four years ago for her dear twin girls. She saved them in case I ever had a girl. I didn’t want to get all emotional on her, but I had completely forgotten about these gifts and I hugged them close to me. I’m pretty sure no one noticed that my breath was taken away and my eyes momentarily filled with tears.
I held the shoes in the palm of my hand while I thought of the seemingly hundreds of boy shoes I have in a tub under Eddie’s bed. I looked at this single pair of girl shoes and almost lost it.
I’m having a little girl.
We will bring her home and she will live here beside the two boys who are already bigger than the space we have.
She will carve out her own special place in this family.