What a honey.
The family has been debating what baby 3 will be. At breakfast today, Alden said he thought it was a "Guhl." Rhianwen said she thought it was a boy. We all went in to the ultrasound (crazy daddy idea) and it's a BOY! He's healthy, growing right on schedule, and moving like mad (I've been feeling him since 15 weeks). He really gave the technologist a hard time, and in the end, she had to give up on getting a good pic of the heart. So I had to schedule a follow-up US for next month. Somehow my babies always figure out a way to add more ultrasounds even though I am the "ideal candidate" for a good US.
He's already thumbing his nose at you.
When asked what his name should be, Rhianwen said, "John." and Alden said, "Beebee...." then later "Grandma." Hmmm, Beebee John Grandma. Very interesting consideration. Choosing a boy name is a lot harder for me than choosing girl names.
Practicing wearing 2 hats: little brother and big brother?
In an earlier discussion in the week, Rhianwen announced, "Male and female means man and woman." When asked how she knew, she said, "Because of Adam and Eve!" Duh! Daddy's been teaching her how to use the Wii, and she's been wake boarding and golfing. In case I was worrying that this would ruin her imaginative streak, she got up one morning and began using the top to a lego box as her "wake board" and a bubble wand as her handle. She hopped and slid around the family room having a grand old time.
She often treats Alden like she is his mommy, but he's having none of that. Here's how one conversation went recently:
Rhianwen: "I say OBEY right now!"
Alden: "No! I shoot you!"
Shocking but Wally and I couldn't hold back our laughter even while we were trying to explain to Alden how totally inappropriate that was. There's no doubt that Rhi is a "guhl" and Alden is a boy. We certainly don't encourage violent speech or behavior, but he just picks up on it from seeing army stuff or from movies like that Veggie Tales The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything or from our own water gun fights. I hope he'll one day see his role as a wise protector as we named him.
Enjoying Rhianwen's space together. I'm so thankful for their enjoyment of each other.