Thursday, September 27, 2007

And the verdict is . . .

I don't have a good ultrasound picture to post here, but I can tell you that yesterday Lynda and I took the girls to "Tiny's" 20-week ultrasound.

Grace and Sarah were into it briefly, but this ultrasound is more detailed than most--lots of bone measurements, skull circumference measurements, heart development inspection, etc. And since the ultrasound has a less than picture perfect quality, the kids began losing interest at the beginning. I was trying to pay attention, always judging the tone and demeanor of the doctor, trying to anticipate the discovery of a problem of some kind, wondering what that imaginary problem might be and how she would begin describing it to us.

Luckily, the development of Tiny is going well and there are no problems to report.

Of course, for parents, one of the main reasons for this ultrasound is to determine gender, which we did want to know. The doctor took her time examining things and, in the end, determined that we will be having a girl.

I heard this news and immediately began thinking about how to announce this news, always with an eye for the way in which my announcing it will affect people's judgement. When you say "We're having another girl," the another implies a diminishment which I don't want to imply..

So, we're having a girl! And her name is Hannah Maria.

Sarah and Grace are both happy. They both said they wanted a sister. Lynda and I both thought it likely that Tiny would be a girl. In fact, Lynda told me that Grace had asked her the other day that if we found out that it was a boy, she would ask God to make it a girl. So, Grace has powerful friends.

Anyway, I need to get back to work. (I've got lots of weddings to save up for . . .)


Anonymous said...

Woo-hoo! Good for you, Martins! And Hannah Maria is a beautiful name, in keeping with her sisters' beautiful names.

This here lyric is from folk singer Greg Brown. For some reason, it reminds me of you:

"I'm a man who's rich in daughters,
and if by some wild chance
I get rich in money--

like another 2 thou a year...
or even 1 thou a year...

I'm gonna look into havin' some more daughters."

(I'm terribly jealous, by the way!)

Anonymous said...

David, I know you are happy with the prospect of a new daughter, as are all of us, but if you think about a son from time to time, just remember Bill McD. After 5 daughters, he now has 4 grandsons. Really, grandchildren are lots of fun.