"baby! It's a ... doctor! Doctor, it's a baby!"
Is there anybody else out there who can quote Lady and the Tramp as thoroughly as my sister and me?
Yes, it's a baby. A healthy baby, with a strong spine, normal heart, and completely unremarkable brain.
Thanks be to God.
It's also a baby girl.
A baby girl, in this house.
Her name will be Emmanuel Ruth. Emmanuel because it means "God is with us," and because I sat bolt upright one night in bed a few days after I was pregnant and told Brian, "It's going to be a girl and her name is going to be Emmanuel." We'll call her Emmy.
Ruth because Brian's grandma's middle name was Ruth, and Brian and I both loved Granny dearly.
Yes, Emmanuel Ruth. In our little world of boys. Hard to imagine.
And now for the most fascinating prenatal development fact ever: Right now, at 20 weeks gestation, this tiny baby girl in my belly has fully developed (albeit tiny) ovaries, with all of the eggs - in their primitive form - she will have. Right now, at this moment, this baby is already carrying the genetic material she will contribute to HER children.
The creation of life is just ... breath taking.
Happy Monday, all.