If This Baby Is A Boy

When I was pregnant with Emery, everyone thought it was a girl except me. I knew from the day I peed on that test that it was boy. Don't ask me how, I just knew. But all of my family was holding out hope for a girl. On my side, we were three grandkids in and all of them were boys. So when we found out Emery was a boy, Zach and I were thrilled, and of course my family was just ecstatic that it was a baby, but there was a little disappointment that we put another "stem on the apple" (as my Dad says). It wasn't until after we announced that baby was a boy that I realized having two boys in a row was somewhat undesirable. We couldn't have been happier. I'd always imagined myself as a boy mom, so it just made sense to me. But I had people actually offering me condolences. I'm not kidding. Someone came up to me in church and said, with the most sympathetic eyes, "I heard you're having another boy. I'm so, so, sorry." Someone else told me, "Now don't go doubting God's faithfulness. He gives us the desires of our hearts and you will get your girl next time."

You guys. I had literally never expressed any interest in having a girl. Ever. I think it's just kind of assumed that once you have one kid, you naturally want the opposite gender, but for me, it wasn't until this pregnancy (my third) that the desire ever entered my mind. So when people were saying, "I'm so sorry" that my baby was a boy, I got really ticked off. This was after a long season of dealing with infertility issues and thinking I would never have another kid, so for people to express any kind of disappointment about anything having to do with my baby...it was infuriating. I was just happy to have another baby growing inside me, who cared whether it was a boy or girl, right? Well. Apparently a lot of people cared. But that's neither here nor there now. Emery is here and everyone loves him. Strangers cross rooms to come and talk to him because he's simply contagious. I can't imagine not having him a part of our lives. How did we go so long without him??

So anyway. Naturally, now that I'm pregnant with my third and I'm two for two in the boy department, the questions and comments started coming in right away. "Are you hoping it's a girl this time?" "I bet it's a girl!" "It's gotta be a girl!" "If it's a boy, will you keep trying for a girl?" "It HAS to be a girl!" "What would you do with three boys??" "Oh no. What if it's another boy??" Well. I'll tell you what if.

If this baby is a boy ...

It will be so much easier on Zach and I because we've already done the boy thing twice and we won't have to learn how to parent an entirely different gender. Or learn how to wipe a different set of body parts.

If this baby is a boy ...

I will be one lucky lady because everyone knows that boys love their mamas. Girls do too, of course, but there's nothing like the eyes a little boy has for his mama and I know every boy mom out there can back me up on this one.

If this baby is a boy ...

He will be the luckiest boy in the entire world because he gets the coolest, sweetest, best looking, most hilarious, big brothers ever who will love him as much as they love each other. And that's a lot.

If this baby is a boy ...

I will never have to worry about learning how to fix a little girl's hair. I can barely even do my own.

If this baby is a boy ...

We will thank the Lord often that we won't have to deal with anyone's PMS but my own.

If this baby is a boy ...

I won't have to wait too much longer until I have four people in the house who can reach things and lift things for me. #shortpeopleproblems

If this baby is a boy ...

He will be set for life in the wardrobe and toy department. Really though. For. LIFE.

If This Baby is a Boy

If this baby is a boy ...

The world will thank us because he has an incredible father who is already teaching his big brothers to be kind, selfless, strong, and confident men. We need more men like that and three LaValley boys in the world is better than two.

If this baby is a boy ...

Even though I'll have three boys that will grow up and get married and leave me, I know that I will always be home to them. Even after boys are men, they hold a special place in their hearts for their mamas that no other woman can replace. Ever. I know this for fact because I see it with Zach and his mom and I love it. He's raising our boys to love and respect and cherish me they way he loves, respects, and cherishes his mama and I think that's fantastic.

If this baby is a boy ...

Zach has to do all of body, puberty, and sex talks. Mwahahaha.

If this baby is a boy ...

We will be super stoked to have another boy with another set of interests that we can all fully indulge in as a family. Also then Zach and I can continue to impress Ninja Turtle propaganda on our children.

If this baby is a boy ...

We will all snuggle him, and swaddle him, and kiss his little face, and love him as fiercely as we can. Just like we would do if this baby is a girl.