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Posted on: Friday, February 21, 2014

Baby Girl Announcement | Ann-Marie Loves

I may or may not have (desperately) hoped for a girl. In fact, John and I had our daughter’s name picked out about five minutes after we found out I was pregnant. It felt right from the very beginning. Regardless, I never had a gut feeling about what the baby was. I didn’t have any vivid dreams until the day of the gender reveal ultrasound. But I did know that I couldn’t let myself get too attached to the idea of a girl, because knowing my luck, it would be a boy. And of course, I would have loved that boy to pieces. But something about having a baby girl seemed undeniably appealing and I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.

I prayed for a healthy and happy baby (occasionally requesting it be of the female variety) every night. I made a wish for a girl every time I drove under a tunnel with my breath held. I hoped on every fallen eyelash, on every full moon, on every superstition I could think of, that this child maybe, just maybe, be a little girl. Admittedly, this makes me sound incredibly selfish and ungrateful. After all, shouldn’t I just be thankful to be able to start a family and not concern myself with the details? YES. I absolutely believe that. But man! Pregnancy has a way of taking your thought process to a whole new level of obsessive.

Baby Girl Announcement | Ann-Marie Loves

At my 12 week appointment, I was able to take home some decent shots of the baby, including one in particular that had us analyzing certain body parts far too closely. Clearly, we had no clue what we were looking at, so we recruited the opinions of just about anyone and everyone with a pair of eyes. And as it turned out, they had no clue what they were looking at either. Needless to say, the suspense was killing us!

So I made an appointment to have an ultrasound at 17 weeks.

Baby Girl Announcement | Ann-Marie Loves

John and I went back and forth over whether we wanted to have a gender reveal party (all the cool kids are doing it these days) or whether we wanted to find out privately. After much thought, we decided on the latter. Even though it would have been fun to have a little party with our closest family + friends, it was so much more “us” to celebrate privately.

During the appointment, I was SO NERVOUS. John, of course, played it cool as usual. Once the tech confirmed the sex of the baby, she wrote it down on a piece of paper and tucked the note into an envelope with plenty of photos for safekeeping. We guarded that thing with our lives. That night, we went out for a late Valentine’s-slash-gender reveal celebratory dinner at an Italian restaurant here Pasadena. After ordering our meals, we finally worked up the nerve to open the envelope. I was incredibly anxious so we agreed to look at it at on the count of three (dramatic, I know). As we opened it up, I was fully expecting to see the word “boy” spelled out. Imagine my surprise (and sheer joy) when I read “girl” instead. Ahhh, I want to remember that moment and that feeling forever!

Baby Girl Announcement | Ann-Marie Loves

The baby girl we had been pining for was no longer just a distant dream; she was real and she was ours.

  • Elise

    This is so exciting!! I actually clicked over to your blog for another post but was surprised that this post popped up first!

    PS: totally hold my breath under tunnels-and there are some good ones on the 210!

  • Lindsey

    Yay! I am super, super excited for you! She is going to be one stylin’ little girl. You are going to be such a cute mom. :)

  • Erica Thomas

    Congratulations!! So exciting to watch you go through your pregnancy. My littlest girl is just 2 months and my biggest is two years old. I remember these moments vividly. Enjoy!

    On a side note, what font is used for the script in your photos?

  • Kristin

    Congrats! You sound elated :) Can’t wait to see all the cute outfit stylings you come up with!

  • Sammy

    so happy for you guys! i can’t wait to see what you post!

  • Mandy

    What a beautiful post! Congrats!

  • Au Fil d'Isa

    Such a beautiful story, Ann-Marie! Congrats :) Is that the first outfit you bought for your daughter? It’s so cute!

  • Brooke

    Yay for you guys! How very exciting! I just announced what we are having over on my blog…what a coincidence! Again, congrats!

  • Lizee

    This is a beautiful post. Congrats to you and your husband!

  • Aimee

    What an amazing story! Full credit for waiting for the restaurant . I’d of been on the edge of my seat the whole day. I’m super excited for you! A little girl. Wow it’s going to be an amazing ride.

  • Emily Adams

    Yay!!! If I were to have children, I would definitely want a girl :) Congrats!

  • Stephanie Howell

    Oh sweet girl- I’m over the moon for the two of you. You know I happen to be partial to little girls. :)
    Don’t get me wrong…all babies are blessings and a part of me mourns for the little boy I’ll never have. But girls are MAGICAL. I have such wonderful memories of my first pregnancy. Getting to know Harper was something I’ll never forget.


  • Colore Lincoln

    Such a beautiful post Ann-Marie! I’m so excited for you! you having a girl is beyond perfect! Congratulations again!

  • Patty Bonomo

    such a great story! You will share that with her one day, over and over again until she reminds you in her OWN confident voice, ” Mom, do you know how many times I’ve heard that” ? That’s when you’ll know, she won’t know just how wonderful all of this is, until she is there!

  • Jessica Toulmin

    Congratulations! Oh the fun you will have buying little girl things. I love buying little girl things – I just wish it could be for my own!

  • jodi

    hooray!!! congrats!!

  • Erin

    Congratulations on the baby girl! So, so happy for you.

    I never believe people when they say they don’t have a preference… I’m not even close to having kids but I’ve always wanted a boy first, and a girl a couple of years after. :P Like you, knowing my luck I think I’ll end up with a girl first.

    Erin, beingerin.com

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    It is SO not selfish to have thoughts of wanting a girl. Though I am not starting a family just yet, I have had it in my head for a very long time that I want a boy first. Not too much rhyme or reason, though I’ve rationalized it now that I would love all of my kids to have a big brother! You are not alone, girlfriend! Congrats on the baby girl, can’t wait to hear her name and see your progress on her nursery and everything else baby!

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