The biggest MamaBlogga announcement EVER

(I’m such a geek that I had a hard time not putting ‘EVAR’ in the title. And if you don’t get that joke, you’re a lucky, lucky person.)

I know this is probably going to come as a surprise to . . . well, just about all of you, but today we have the biggest announcement in MamaBlogga history.

It’s a girl!
Baby Girl in profile
Due 31 July 2008

This idea has taken some getting used to. Not the idea of having another child, but the idea of having a daughter. (You’d think I’d waited decades for a girl, LOL.) When I first found out we were having a baby, I thought it might be a girl, but until today I’d kind of changed my opinion.

It’s just that when I think of my child, I think of my son. A boy. So when I imagined my children a few years down the road, it was my sons—playing together, sharing bunk beds, going camping with Daddy. I was actually becoming attached to the image of little Benjamin, though I didn’t have any idea what he might look like. (Yes, we had a name picked out for a boy. We have one picked out for a girl, too.)

So it’s strange not to think of this baby as a boy. Strange to think of my child as my daughter. Strange to think of having a daughter instead of just being one. Strange to make myself call the baby (who is pretty darn active) “her” instead of “it” or, as I’ve defaulted to from time to time, “he.”

Of course we’re excited. I’ve always wanted a girl. Ryan and I actually felt pretty strongly both ways this time—we really wanted a boy, and we really wanted a girl. (But we weren’t hoping for twins.) Let’s hope I can remember all that I thought I knew about having a girl now!

And lest I forget, a couple other friends shared their own happy news lately: An Ordinary Mom is having a boy; Mommy Zabs is having a girl. I was waiting to comment on both until we found out what we were having (didn’t trust myself to keep the “secret” if I commented!). Congratulations, ladies!

This post is now part of the Mothers and Daughters Blog Carnival. Woot.

41 thoughts on “The biggest MamaBlogga announcement EVER

  1. Congratulations! Girls are wonderful! And it’s always nice to have a little princess as the youngest one in the family.

    I think what’s so neat about girls is seeing how the Daddies react to them. It really is a whole different kettle of fish when a man has a little daughter. You’ll have such a great time with her, I’m sure.

  2. aww congratulations!! You’ll have the perfect family – a boy and a girl… not that I’m jealous at all 😉
    Hope the rest of the pregnancy (and the birth of course!) goes really smoothly for you! **hugs**

  3. Awesome. Congratulations. And as a father with 2 girls and 1 boy, let me tell you that, yes in fact, girls talk more than boys and you will love it except for when you are trying to take a nap.

  4. Congrats! This is great news! I’m really happy for your family! I still cannot believe you were able to keep this a secret this long. Although I did speculate a little when I saw you eating apples during church! :)

  5. Thank you, everybody!

    @Lindsey—Yeah, I remember that day and I was afraid I was going to give it away. But I also think I skipped breakfast that day (or that was the excuse I was prepared to give). At least it wasn’t fast Sunday!

  6. Congratulations, Jordan! This is truly wonderful news … and of course thanks for the link love :) !! We will be having our new little tykes right around the same time.

    Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy? How have you been feeling so far?

  7. Wow! I totally know what you mean about your boy/girl feelings. My sister in law just had a girl and I often thought while she was pregnant how I would feel if I were ever to have a girl. With three boys, I think it would be a strange concept to grasp onto. Congratulations and good luck!!

  8. Congrats. Daughters are much more easy to dress – they can wear hand me down boy clothes in a way that sons can’t (or am I just imagining my husband’s reaction if we were to have a boy and I put him a pink outfit ;+) my mom made a couple of eyelet lace pinafores that I put on my daughter when I wanted to dress up a sleeper or not explain that she was a she. Unfortunately, there are Disney Princesses and Barbie dolls, too, and I’m not so sure about the messages those toys bring.

  9. Jordan…who are all these people??? Weird. Anywho! Congratulations!! Jojabroja Remijeda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Congratulations! I have a stepdaughter and have LOVED being able to buy frilly dresses and things (even though I’m totally a boy mom). Enjoy your pregnancy and I hope you find a great girly nick name for your belly!

    My son is starting school next month due to his developmental needs and early intervention, so another baby has soooooo been on my mind! My dh’s too. We’ll see…I’ll just have to live vicariously through others who are pregnant!

  11. Congrats Jordan!!!
    Girls are fun. They bring drama to the house, lol.
    I agree with Sheila; the most amazing thing is seeing how a Daddy reacts with a daughter. It brings out the best parts of him :)

  12. Jordan!!!

    I’m so thrilled! It’s a girl! Great news! I totally had a DREAM about you having a girl…isn’t that so strange? Indeed. Aww, does Hayden understand he’s about to be a big brother? It’s like the cutest thing in the world. EVAR?

    (definitely didn’t get the joke.) I can’t wait to see what Baby Girl McCollum looks like. No doubt she’ll be so beautiful!

  13. Congrats on a baby girl.

    Greetings, I am Mama Bear of The Cafe at the End of the Universe Blog (http://cafeendofuniverse.blogspot.com/) and I have stopped by today to let you know you have found your way onto the Magnificent Mamas of the Universe Blogroll, joining numerous moms from throughout the blogosphere. You were selected because I have popped into your blog numerous times and find you to be a great contribution to the mom blogosphere. Please feel free to take one of the 4 specialty tags from the sidebar to add to your site. Welcome.
    ~ Penelope Anne

  14. Congrats!!! Girls are great! WAY more emotional. .a totally different ball game than boys, but SOOOO fun to dress! Gracie even wears a necklace and bracelet now too!

    sorry I haven’t been by in a while, I need to come more often!

    Brandi

  15. Jordan, congratulations to you and your family.

    My wife and I have two boys and on a regular basis my wife sits there shaking her head wondering how she will ever survive being the only woman in the house, so at least you won’t have to worry about that. :)

  16. Congratulations!!! My situation was reversed. My first was a girl, and it took some time to get used to the thought of my second being a boy. In the end, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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