A very popular question from friends and family has been, “are you having a boy or a girl?” Everyone knows that Mrs. Ozz is pregnant with our third child which is due to arrive in August. My response to “what are your having” was confirmed on Thursday when we had the big 20 week ultrasound. I have been saying just three words in response to this question since Thursday, “my three sons.” The first thing out of most people’s mouth when I say this is, “DO WHAT? Your having triplets?” Um, No. We are having one more boy and that will total three boys in our house. Then they say, “Oh, I get it.” [giggle, giggle]
My oldest son Riley has been all but prophesying over his mommy’s belly and saying, “I am having a baby sister.” We had to break the news to Riley on Thursday that he is going to have another little brother. Oh, and there was little doubt in determining the gender during the ultrasound on Thursday. This little guy has obviously heard his brother and the rest of us talking about a baby sister. He positioned himself so that we could be absolutely certain that he is in fact all boy. Riley seems fine with the news, but he is quick to tell us that he still wants a little sister.
We do not have not have a name picked for this little guy, but we are already getting plenty of suggestions. The name will remain a surprise for now. Maybe we will save it for the end of our Growing Kids God’s Way class like we did with Caden’s name. We held out on sharing Caden’s name until just before he was born. We picked his name based solely on meaning. The name Caden means “fighter” and his middle name Gabriel meaning “the Lord is my strength”. Riley’s name was picked based on uniqueness and his middle name William was picked to honor his grandpa’s first name Willie (Joe) and my grandfather’s last name “Williamson”.
Another popular question I get is in regards to the baby’s health. Most people who want to know sort of beat around the bush with their question. I am sure they are trying not to offend me. It’s really not a big deal so I will share the question and the answer right here. The question goes something like this, “do you have any concerns about the baby’s health, I mean, with all the medical problems Caden has endured?” The short answer is a simple, No. Caden’s diagnosis of 22q11.2, Di George, VCFS or whatever you choose to call it was caused by an anomaly in the first trimester of Sherry’s pregnancy. Sherry and I have been tested and Caden did not get any the chromosome deletion from either of us. That leaves us with every expectation that any other babies when have will be perfectly healthy.
I can say that Satan has played plenty of games with us up until this ultrasound. After all, it was the 20 week ultrasound during Sherry’s last pregnancy that began our journey with dozens of medical professionals specializing in pediatric care. We have been battling some fear as the weeks wound down to this ultrasound. This ultrasound finished with perfect results. Everything was perfect.
Sherry and I both believe that every child is a gift from the Lord. Psalm 127:3a NLT. I won’t go into any of my personal theology on that subject except to say that I would even go as far as to say that every child is not only a gift from God, but a perfect gift from God. I really like what God’s Word says in James 1:16-18 (The Message). These verses fall under a section of James 1 that is appropriately subtitled in the New Living Translation as “Faith and Endurance“. Early in this pregnancy Sherry felt that God had given her the words, “Walk by faith, not by sight.” That can be a tall order for a woman who lugs around a suction machine and a feeding pump for her 2 1/2 year old son. Sherry was reassured of these God given words when she woke up on Thursday morning and began her morning quiet time with God. The Bible reading plan we both follow took us through the fifth chapter of second Corinthians. On the very morning of her 20 week ultrasound, Sherry found 2 Corinthians 5:7 in her morning reading.
For we walk by faith, not by sight. (NLT)