^^ this is seriously the view right outside the hospital doors! baby looks perfect! there are three happy hearts in this here family! ^^
in my purse there are two sealed envelopes containing two papers with just one identical word written on each (the boy wanted to make sure we had a backup!).
we won’t know whether that word is boy or girl until saturday morning (at our little “gender reveal” party).
the anticipation is pretty darn thick! we are so, so excited to discover if we will be welcoming a son or a daughter into our family this summer.
learning this little fact about our baby is quite monumental for us, because we really believe this statement is true (from the family: a proclamation to the world, a document we hold to be divinely inspired):
gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
through study and prayer we have both learned for ourselves that being male or female is about much more than the sex organs we were born with. we believe that all humans are sons or daughters of a heavenly father and heavenly mother, that gender is a core element of who we each are and always have been (even before we were born on earth), that male and female differences and complimentarities are a central part of god’s plan.
we acknowledge that gender identity and specifications are not celebrated or unambiguous for everyone, and we do not claim to understand and certainly do not attempt to write-off those who may not connect with gender designations. but
we believe in gender.
and we are deeply grateful for how that belief helps us to understand and navigate mortality and immortality.
and so – the anticipation is thick. take your guess on the poll below, if you’d like!
** there is a (i think!) really fantastic discussion about this topic in the comments, if you want to check it out. i am of the opinion that there is so much value in understanding others' points of view. **