The day I had a heart attack

Meagan / cc /

Hell froze over today.


We had our 20 week ultrasound and found out this newest nugget is a BOY.


I may or may not have had an actual heart attack, but I know for certain my heart skipped several beats as I tried to process the words spawned by the ultrasound machine.


I talked the ultrasound technician into checking three times for certainty by reminding her she told us she was 80% certain it was a girl at 11 weeks… and it seems she is completely positive there’s a offspring of the male version incubating in my belly.


Once I peeled myself off the floor from fainting in shock the excitement level has been growing. Lizard is really, really happy he won’t be the only male in our household anymore.


(I’m taking a bit of pleasure in knowing the girls will still win all votes for the democratic issues in the family if we can vote as a gender block. Yes, I’m competitive that way.)


When we told the girls Uno was shocked, Dos was thrilled, and Tres asked if she could have a Gummy Bear. Uno wanted to know how they knew for sure it was a boy…


“Well…” I hesitated, then decided to just go for it. “They knew because he has a penis and that’s a specific, obvious difference between boys and girls.”


Uno covered her ears and screamed. “That’s so gross!” she said while sticking her tongue out and gagging.


Oh, honey. I think she’s going to have to get over that aversion. As will I – I’ve changed a boy’s diaper twice in my whole life and I find it more than a little intimidating.


Did I mention we’re having a boy?


But now I have a problem. It feels wrong to call this masculine bitty-bit “Fyra” here on the blog as I had planned. Because, well, Fyra sounds… “girly.”


I know I want to stick with the foreign language equivalent for Four, so I thought maybe you could help me choose which language/translation to use. Here are the choices:


Dutch/German: Vier

Norweigan/Danish: Fire

Italian: Quattro

Spanish: Cuatro

Romanian: Patru

Albania: Kater

Latvian: Chetri


What do you think? How should we refer to this bastion of boyhood?


(…and… can you start praying for the poor lad right away? I suspect he’s going to have to be pretty strong to grow up with his older sisters and not be terrified of women in the end…!)


Looking forward to hearing your votes for the new name – and thank you for your well-wishes!

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4 thoughts on “The day I had a heart attack

  • March 20, 2012 at 6:27 am

    SO Very happy for you!!!! I don’t think you have anything to worry about with your little boy yes I will say it again for your pleasure, little boy growing up with sisters. Granted my younger brother only has 2 older sisters but he has turned out just fine. At 30 years old he has a very compasionate soft side for his own 3 daughters, and he is a very well rounded adult, as he enjoys cooking and baking for his family but you can also frequently find him in the garage or at the shooting range practicing for hunting season. It doesn’t seem that the many times we, his sisters dressed him up as a girl when he was little or made him part of the barbie community has had any long term negative effects on him. However, he did enjoy hiding in the kitchen cabinets when he saw us coming with the cloth diaper pins, my mother always told us the fastest way to potty train a boy is to have his older sisters change his cloth diapers with safety pins 😉 I look forward to hearing about the addition of you son into the estrogen house.

  • March 20, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Love that you’re being blessed with a boy! As for the baby name in utero I really like the Romanian, Patru. Blessings!

  • March 20, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Congrats on the boy!!!

    I really liked Fyra…considering my Swedish roots. However, my vote is for Quattro. I goes with the other three. Italian is close enough to Spanish. 🙂 Some of the other options are fun, but I wouldn’t know they meant “four.”

  • March 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Well, I have to say that I’m extremely excited that I’m going to have a nephew! I love all the girls in our family, and will love having a little boy to balance things out! I would vote for Patru, since that sounds most boyish to me. I love you all!!!


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