When I was pregnant with Rachel I was determined to know if we were having a boy or girl and not-so-secretly wanting a baby girl. To dress in pink and frills. Bows and lace. It was a high risk pregnancy and I was having ultrasounds every week, so I thought it would be pretty easy to find out. But instead Rachel would head-butt the ultrasound wand. Cross her legs. And roll over, offering us only her back to look at. Shortly before she was born I had resigned to the fact that we weren’t going to find out until the day she arrived. Half out of frustration and half out of defeat, I accepted it. Unhappily. Ewan tried to assure me that it wouldn’t be much longer, but to an uncomfortable pregnant lady on bed rest, there is no reasoning.
I had been admitted to the hospital and had yet another ultrasound where I thought the tech couldn’t tell. But when the doctor came into the room and the file said “Baby Girl Phelan” I squealed. Loudly. And probably scared the daylights out of the doctor. But there, in that moment, all my dreams came true. We were having a baby girl.
Sharlene and Brent were determined not to find out. Boy or girl, they didn’t want any information before hand. They would wait for the moment the baby arrived and the doctor to announce the magical news. Yet Sharlene kept having dreams about a baby boy. Dressed in blue. Trucks and cars. Dream after dream, she gave birth to a baby boy. Everyone around her told her she was carrying that way. And she even filled the closet with cute outfits she found. 110% convinced that they were having a boy, there wasn’t a single doubt in her mind. Or anyone else’s.
Even the day she was admitted to the hospital Sharlene and Brent still believed they were on team blue. Her family, too, waited patiently to meet their newest grandson. Hours later when baby Alana arrived in the world they were shocked. Surprised. Ecstatic. Never had it once crossed their minds that they would be holding a baby girl. The first granddaughter on both sides. But as they looked at her sweet little face they couldn’t begin to imagine having a boy. It just felt right. And was the best surprise of their lives.
- Brianna (photos by Ewan)
Hair and makeup : Britt Havens.