January 31, 2007 Edition

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Baby number two

Gretchen Hunt

My husband and I found out recently that we are going to be having another addition to our family.

According to the doctor, I am due Aug. 8, so I have survived the often-dreaded first trimester with flying colors.

Finding out you are pregnant with your second child is exciting in a whole new way. When we found out we were going to have Conley, we were, of course, ecstatic. This time, though, we get to share the joy with him as he anticipates becoming a big brother.

He has been full of humorous comments since we first explained to him that a new baby was on the way.

One day he completely caught me off guard by telling someone that the baby was in my belly, but not to worry, when I got ready I'd spit it out. It's amazing how children try to reconcile what they are told with what they know.

It is also amazing how easily they accept something that is so completely strange. We told him, "The baby is in Mommy's belly and it is growing in there and when it gets ready it will come out and meet you." He grinned from ear to ear, said OK and ran to play with his toys.

Now anytime anyone asks him where the baby is, he grins that same big grin and points to my belly.

The most interesting part about having a second child is learning what your first child is anticipating. Conley has made it very clear from the get-go that he is expecting us to deliver him a baby sister.

I asked him when he first started insisting that the baby was going to be a girl why he wanted a baby sister, and he told me matter-of-factly that it was because he likes girls.

It occurs to me that all his cousins are girls and a lot of his good friends are girls, as well. Maybe it is just what he is used to.

My friends and family assure me that if the baby ends up being a boy, Conley will adjust and be happy with a baby brother. In the meantime, I've formulated a plan.

I told my husband the other day that when we go back for our second ultrasound, if they tell us the baby is going to be a boy, I'm going to tell Conley it's the doctor's fault.

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