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?
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 game...so 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!