Feel Good Friday

by admin on July 22, 2011

I feel *real* good this Friday.   That is because I became a grandmother for the first time on Wednesday afternoon.

Some of you were aware of the impending event from an earlier post in which I revealed a unique diaper cake I had made for my daughter’s shower.  It was very feminine, very pink with a doll and pink receiving blankets and bibs, etc.  The shower was a celebration of pinkness and pretty feminine dresses and adorable tiny Mary Jane shoes.   Two ultrasounds indicated it was a girl and we were confident in medical technology.

Imagine our surprise when baby made a debut and it was a BOY!  Seven pounds, eleven ounces of pure baby manliness.   The screams of “WHAT!!???!!,” echoed from cell tower to tower as the texted news flashed across the cell phones of friends and family. They actually had a boy’s name very early on but were still struggling to find a girl’s name they liked.  Guess we now know why.   A lot of us are hard at work changing the pronoun from “she” and “her” we had been so used to saying for months, to “he” and “him”.    Youngest daughter and I beelined it to the nearest Wal-Mart and bought oodles of boy onesies, bibs, shoes, socks, outfits since my oldest daughter had not one stitch of boy clothing to put on the little man.

Mom and baby are doing great.

“So, you thought I was a girl.  What an interesting assumption.”

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Diana July 22, 2011 at 4:58 pm

What a great surprise that must have been!! Congratulations on being a brand-new grandma and best wishes and prayers to the new little family :)

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TomatoBunny July 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Back in high school, one of my classmates’ parents went through the same thing. ‘She’ wound up being a HE and they only had girls clothes. (I’m not sure if they knew the gender or were just wanting a girl..) So all his baby photos are of him dressed as a girl, in little dresses, complete with ribbons in his hair too.

He turned out fine and now has an amusing story to tell… with pictures, of course. ;)

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Veronica July 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Congratulations! He’s adorable!

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ladyknight1 July 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Congratulations! He is beautiful!

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Iris July 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Congratulations! I’m so glad they are both doing well. I have to add – what a beautiful photo. One of the loveliest ones of a newborn and mother I’ve ever seen.

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YWalkalone July 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I am so very happy for you and your daughter. Congratulations! Any chance we get to know his name?

I agree, best FGF ever! Enjoy being a grandma!

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Genevieve July 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Congratulations! What a blessing. My parents had the opposite problem when I was born. My grandmother was in the delivery room, and was heard to scream, “Something’s wrong with Andrew.” My mother about had a heart attack until someone explained that there was nothing wrong with the baby, except that it was a girl and not a boy, ha ha.

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PattyAnne July 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Well, isn’t he the cutest Feel Good Friday post I’ve ever seen!!! Congrats, Grandma!! I know how ya’ll feel about the “surprise”, though…..my son was supposed to be Megan Anne….whoops!

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Snowy July 22, 2011 at 7:43 pm

This, and that picture, are the most wonderful Feel Good Friday to date. Congratulations to you and your family! How wonderful!!

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Kim July 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Congratulations! He’s absolutely beautiful!

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MidoriBird July 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Awww he’s so cute!!!

The day my sister had her first baby….like this…ultrasounds swore it was a girl. I was there for the birth and I was the first to get a look as the baby emerged and I said, “Oh Sissie….it’s a boy!”

“WHAT?!!” were her words, echoed by my family hanging outside at the door waiting too, but everyone was in love with him at once. I was the only one who’d thought of generic unisex baby gifts months before that’d come in handy later, since I wasn’t so convinced it was a girl like everyone else was. She had to pull quite a few gift switches (nobody minded) and take some stuff back to swap (they understood).

I discovered then too that although I do not plan on having kids because I know I am not suitable mother material, a birth did not gross me out at all. I was fascinated and enchanted by the whole process.

My sister’s girl came about four years later. :)

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Lisa July 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm

LMAO at the interesting assumption! Congrats!

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Lisa July 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Also, I now know why our ultrasound tech took a pic of our baby’s vagina every. single. time I had an ultrasound! lol Because I had some issues I had multiple u/s and the guy kept taking a pic of her lady bits and writing on the pic “GIRL—>” or “VAGINA—>”. lol I was thinking this poor kid was gonna hate us someday for having these pics. And when she was born they yelled, “Yes, it IS a girl!” and I’m thinking, “It damn well better be a girl since we’ve seen “it” a gazillion times!”

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sidi-ji July 22, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Congratulations!

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Ginger July 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

He is so beautiful! Congrats, Grandma, and Congrats to the whole family!
What a surprise!!!! It’s amazing that with all the techonology we have, life always has a few surprises for us :)

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MerryCat July 22, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Congrats! That picture is so beautiful. I love the expression in his eyes. He looks almost like he’s secretly laughing.

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Acadianna July 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Congratulations on the joyful news!!!

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Wim July 23, 2011 at 5:37 am

Congratulations on your truly beautiful grandson!

And don’t worry about the colours: where I live pink is the traditional colour for boys, and blue for girls, so you can easily solving your problem by moving your whole family to Belgium! We have great chocolate ;-)

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Enna July 23, 2011 at 6:47 am

Congratulations. Glad to hear that baby and Mum are doing well.

Hm, interesting point, if girls/women can wear trousrers why can’t boys/men wear skirts and dresses? That way mix ups like this won’t be so embrassing. Also pink used to be for boys and blue for girls so historcially the colour was okay. When my uncle was a baby my grandma would dress him in dresses as it was easier to change nappies, rather then trying to unbutton trousers and take them off a wriggerling baby. People would say “cute little girl” then get very surprsied when he was a bit older he was wearing boy’s clothes.

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Kristen B July 23, 2011 at 7:52 am

Congratulations!

I have to agree with others who say not to worry about what color clothing he’s wearing right now. He’s doesn’t know the difference, and will grow out of them soon enough. Save your money for other things. The bottom line is: he has a ton of clothes to wear; whether they’re in the current socially accepted color scheme isn’t truly an issue.

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PrincessSimmi July 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

We’re all dying to hear his name! Please stop holding us in suspense!

Congratulations on the addition to your family- may you all be happy an healthy regardless of gender!

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Dr.Xenolan July 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

That is probably the BEST Mommy and newborn picture I have EVER seen.

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Claire July 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm

oh that really IS feel good!

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Amy July 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Congratulations, and I agree.. that is the sweetest new baby picture ever!

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8daysaweek July 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Congratulations! He is just stunning and looking at his mom with such adoration.

I asked the ultrasound tech with every u/s I had (and there were a couple at the ends due to complications) “Is it still a girl?” It was and she is but I had nightmares of bringing a boy home to his pink and brown nursery in the pin dress I had packed from him :-)

Meeting your child for the first time is such a surreal thing. For months you try to imagine them and can’t and then when the day finally comes and you see them for the first time, you just think “Oh, it was you. Of course it was, how could it have ever been any one else?”

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MERUNCC13 July 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm

He is tooo cute!! Congrats to mom and g’mom!

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Jennifer July 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I hope you have receipts for the little girl clothes. Sex neutral or boy clothes are probably a better idea because it’s more acceptable to dress a little girl in blue than a boy in pink (ironically, a reversal from how it was pre WWII).

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Ange July 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Haha similar story with my brother, at the ultrasound he was very impressed with his ‘son’s’ equipment until it was pointed out that was his daughter’s arm. ;-)

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Amy July 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Many Blessings! Thank you so much for sharing a wonderful feel good Friday. :)

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Kate July 24, 2011 at 6:11 am

Congratulations grandma! Sounds like everyone was suprised but no matter what a child is a true blessing! Mothers intuition is always the best…or so I hear! That will be a fun story to tell when he grows up!

I will have to tell my husband this story so he knows why I do not want to find out the sex when we do find out we are expecting! Plus there are truly no real suprises anymore in life…why not have a little fun! :)

Have fun and do not spoil the baby too much!! :)

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Mechtilde July 24, 2011 at 6:37 am

Congratualtions to you and your family.

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baglady July 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Congratulations, Grandma (or Grammie or Nana or whatever your preference)! He is adorable, and I love the caption.

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Chicken July 24, 2011 at 11:29 pm

This is why most techs say they’re 99.9% sure of the sex, these things still do happen even with all of todays technology. And it’s why most techs won’t give an answer and you have to hear it from the doctor. I wouldn’t worry about the clothes myself, he won’t know the difference. And years ago all baby clothes were frilly and were dresses and boys were dressed in pink (the neutral form the more “masculine” red).

Also, the baby is quite cute. Most of the time they’re still sort of scrunched in their first photos. He looks really alert and healthy, congrats!

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Rashea July 25, 2011 at 6:49 am

Awww. So cute! And learning to be unpredictable already.

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Xtina July 25, 2011 at 8:32 am

Congratulations and SURPRISE!!!

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LonelyHound July 25, 2011 at 8:41 am

So, very beautiful. Congrats!!

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Kristin July 25, 2011 at 10:02 am

He is just too stinkin cute!!! Congratulations! I could not believe how many people told me stories when I was pregnant of babies who came out the opposite of what the mom was told they would be! I still went girl crazy and luckily she came out perfectly.

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Linda July 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

What a beautiful baby! Congratulations and many blessings to you and your family!

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Harley Granny July 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Congrats Etiquette Granny!

What a surprise! I’m sure you’ll spoil HIM just as well as you would have HER.

Great picture too!

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livvy July 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

What a precious picture. Really really special. Congratulations to you and your daughter!

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Laura July 25, 2011 at 7:05 pm

A belated congratulations to all! What a beautiful boy.

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crella July 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Congratulations, what a lovely baby!

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See August 7, 2011 at 12:04 am

LOL that happened to my cousin. They told her she was having a girl so they bought themselves all sorts of stuff for a girl. They didn’t have a babyshower because they wanted to get the stuff themselves. She went into early labor and called to tell us and that it was a boy. My sister and I thought it was a joke. Yeah they replaced most stuff but had a babyshower after that since everyone wanted to get him stuff.

I’m better than an ultrasound machine, i can usually tell when someone’s having a girl. When my oldest neice was to be born I was supposed to go to the ultrasound but I was so sure that it was a girl I didn’t go. My sisters first daughter same thing. When I think I can’t tell it’s usually a boy so I figure that’s what I’m feeling. Now my friends pregnant and wants a girl and I felt there would be a girl but her cousin had a girl and now that feeling went away :(

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SeaSprite August 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Belated Congratulations!!!! It must be a common thing. Cousin had four u/s and they told her girl all four times. I said “nope its a boy” ( i was asked what I thought and my dad gave me a unique gift( Of course that just wasn’t so because the u/s all showed girls. My aunt and her sil went and bought a ton of girl stuff. Guess who wasn’t surprised when *he* was born. lol
Again congratulations to your dd, sil and you and your dh

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