Is Arle Excited?

Thank you all for the sweet comments on my last post!  I loved reading through each and every one of your words.  Your excitement just adds to ours.

The most common question we’ve received from peeps is this, “Is Arle excited about it being a boy?”

The answer.  Kind of.

One thing you have to know about Arle is that she is one of the MOST competitive girls you will EVER meet in your ENTIRE life.  I’m not joking.  I thought I was competitive until Arle came along and showed me what it really means to be described as such.

She hates to lose.  She hates to be wrong.  She hates to not know how to do something perfectly the very first time.

Perhaps we have some pride issues at the ripe age of four?

She was absolutely 100% convinced it was a girl and I was absolutely 100% convinced it was a boy.

We broke the news to her with ice cream.  Trav picked it up on his way home from work.  She knew that if she was presented with pink ice cream it was a girl, and blue equaled boy.

She was so excited to dig into her pink ice cream.  Until she removed the cover and saw it was blue.

“Oh, it’s a boy,” she said with fake excitement in her voice.  At first I thought she truly was disappointed, but it soon became increasingly clear that she was way more disappointed about being wrong than she was about the mere fact that the baby is a boy.

Arle:  “Mommy the next time you have a baby in your belly, will you say that it’s a girl and I’ll say it’s a boy?”

Me:  “Why?  Is that just so you can be right?”

Arle:  “Yes.”  (you’ve gotta admire her honesty)

Me:  “But what if it really is a girl next time?”

Arle:  silence coupled with a look of complete defeat spread across her face. Then she busts out with, “I don’t even really like boys.”

Me:  Oh really?  What about Cade?  And David?  And Nate?  And Quinn?

Arle:  Well, I mean I like friends that are boys.  (And then as Travis enters the room) And I like Daddy Boy.

So, it took her a while to warm up to the idea that she was wrong.  I do think she’s genuinely excited still just because there’s a real live baby on the way.

And yesterday at Hobby Lobby she spotted a blue photo album with an old school pram embroidered on the cover that she just had to buy for “baby brother.”

I felt like that was a step in the right direction until she exclaimed that she was going to fill it with pics of herself.

I’m afraid we have a serious case of Only Child Syndrome on our hands.  Eek.

Should be interesting to watch that play out when February rolls around.

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10 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Shannon said,

    So precious and human! Nadya is excited – she likes to “talk” to Katya and routinely kisses my belly. Arle will be a fabulous big sister too! :)

  2. 2

    Jenny said,

    She will be great. She will think you had him just for her and he will adore her, and she will love it. There may be moments but that is all they are. In fact on Monday we went to lunch and sat on the roof ( it was an amazingly beautiful day ), Judah began to get fussy, so Jacob suggested we drop him off the roof….of a 3 story building. I looked at him in shock, because that is something Jefferson would say. Then he said “I guess that would be bad, huh.” Then he kissed Judah on the hand. Homicidal one minute, affectionate the next. Kinda sums up the sibling relationship.

  3. 3

    Maeghan said,

    Love it! When is the due date?

  4. 4

    that’s awesome. at least she’ll have a couple of years to win all the fights against baby brother.

  5. 5

    momdiggity said,

    Jenny – oh my goodness! that is hilarious!!! So glad you’ve prepared me for such things!

    http://www.momdiggity.com

  6. 6

    audrey said,

    you’re totally screwed arle. and you’ll love it! i can’t wait to hear more stories about her experience with her baby brother. get excited!!

  7. 7

    Nancy said,

    Oh my goodness!!! Arle never ceases to amaze me!!! Belinda and I laughed as we read the post about competitive Arle!!! I still bet she will love her brother!

  8. 8

    bethany said,

    So funny. She’s going to be such a great big sis!

  9. 9

    Kim said,

    Just wait ’til Arle realizes that SHE is this little boy’s hero.
    I was just watching Madison Hicks the other night with her
    little Jacob. He thinks, no, he knows, that his big sister hung
    the moon. And, now that school’s started, he’s moping around
    all day until she comes home.

    Just wait, Arle. You’re gonna love this little brother!

  10. 10

    Your Mother said,

    Let the games begin…I remember a time when you thought your little brother was one of the two most annoying boys on the planet…but look at y’all now! Sibling rivalry is still the most challenging part of parenthood…and then they grow up. :)


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