Monday, February 22, 2016

Let's Answer Some Questions, Shall We?

First of all, THANK YOU everybody so much for your well-wishes and funny comments (I'm looking at you, Madeline!) about our boy news.  We keep getting asked the same questions when we share our news, so I thought I'd answer some of them here.

How's Maggie doing?  
(This is by far the most popular question!!)

Really well, actually!  We were expecting a melt-down, but it helped that I knew the baby was a boy for a few days before she found out, and I kept prepping her saying things like "God's chosen this member of our family for a special reason" and "If it's another boy, you will still get to be the princess" and "Aren't you so excited to have a new baby sibling?!?"  She kept saying that she wanted a sister, but would love a little brother, and they way she reacted was so cute, she just kept giggling and then started thinking of boy names.  I took her out the next day to pick out some new earrings and get frozen yogurt, and had some nice girl time.  

How are YOU doing? 
(meaning me)

When I first heard the news that the baby was healthy after all the tests, and didn't yet know the gender, I was so happy and thankful and I said to God that I honestly didn't even care if it was a boy or girl.  When Phil and I found out it was a boy, we just looked at each other and laughed.  I did think it was a girl, so I was a little surprised, but I didn't feel mad or sad at all.  It was just like "Here we go again!"  I mentioned to a friend that I feel like a biblical woman...I mean who has six sons?  (Well, Susan and Kate do...and that's good company!)  We think we are pretty good boy parents (girls are challenging for us!) and we won't need anything at all for this baby boy!

Are the boys excited?

Duh, of course.  They are their own built-in boys club.  Their own sports team.  These Martin boys will be legendary ;)  We're hoping God calls at least one of them to priesthood!  And we will try our hardest to raise some good holy men who know how to treat a woman.  

Where will the baby sleep?

Babies stay in a bassinet in our room for a few months or until they sleep mostly through the night.  Then this little boy will share a room with Maggie until it gets too awkward for her, and by then I'm hoping JP will be heading off to college and we'll move the boys around in the two boy bedrooms.  This is seriously the least of my worries.  My Dad slept in a bed with three other siblings in a cottage in Ireland in a family of 14.  My mom slept in a closet in a small multi-family home outside of Boston.  So yeah, we're living pretty rich.

What will you name him?

Ugh, I hate the name much pressure!  And we are running out of boy names!  But, Kate from Sanctanomina is going to come to my rescue and give me some awesome name ideas on her Catholic baby-naming blog in a few weeks.  And once Phil and I prayerfully decide what this baby boy's name is, we'll be keeping it a secret.  We've learned from past mistakes ;)

Will you try again for another girl?

Ummmm, no.  I'm not saying we won't have more babies, but it won't be because we are trying for a girl.  Have you seen our track record?

Is the giveaway over yet?

Ok, nobody has asked me this, but it is ALMOST over.  Go enter now to win ten wonderful Easter basket items for your family.  I'll be announcing the winner on Thursday!


  1. So cool to have her right smack dab in the middle. I cannot believe that we're already at a point in life where you just used the words "JP will be heading of to college." Congratulations again!! What a lucky little boy to be born into the Martin family. And someday either Maggie is going to get a whole lot of awesome sisters when her brothers get married (and she will be the foremost expert on living with them!) or she'll have a huge number of priests praying for her. (Or a combo which is awesome too!) So she's all set!

  2. Beautiful responses Colleen!

  3. Yes yes yes: "They are their own built-in boys club. Their own sports team. These Martin boys will be legendary ;) We're hoping God calls at least one of them to priesthood! And we will try our hardest to raise some good holy men who know how to treat a woman" and " I'm not saying we won't have more babies, but it won't be because we are trying for a girl" -- right there with you!! Congrats again, and looking forward to posting my ideas for you!

  4. I can't wait to hear what names Kate comes up with. Her name posts are always so interesting to read!

  5. I'll be watching for Kate's name post. It's even more fun when she's doing it for someone I know!

    And I hate the 'are you trying for...' question. If/when we're blessed with another baby, it's not because we're trying for a certain gender!

  6. You are awesome!! I love watching your family grow :) Cannot wait to "meet" this little guy!

  7. I was actually going to ask if you were goi g to go for 8 because of you quirk about numbers. You did a post a while back and I remember because I'm the same about even and odd numbers. =)

    1. I do like the even numbers...

  8. Congrats to all of you! I imagine Maggie will be wonderfully protected by all of her brothers!

  9. I hear you on the bedrooms. My mom shared a room with her 4 sisters, and was in a twin bed with one of them when they were very little. So what if my three boys have to share one (good sized!) room?! Nbd.


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