Friday, February 19, 2010

A Tale of a Turtle and a Hamburger*

Once upon a time, there was a mommy turtle who lived with her turtle husband and turtle family in their nice turtle pond with rocks, mud and slime.
The mommy turtle knew these living conditions well, understood the terrain and felt like she had a good grasp on what all it meant to be a turtle. Things were messy, thrown together and sometimes rough, but she liked a life with turtles. Her baby turtles were a little bumpy on the outside, but they were soft and cuddly on the inside and when they needed to be. Best of all, they loved their mommy turtle.

Then one day, someone told the mommy turtle that there would be a HAMBURGER moving in with their family.

WHAT? A HAMBURGER? "Surely you jest" said the mommy turtle {because she had been to turtle college and enjoyed British terminology to sound smarter than the other turtles}. Hamburgers do NOT live with turtles. Doesn't it know it will get Eaten ALIVE here?

But despite her confusion and inability to understand how in the WORLD a Hamburger could be coming to live with her family, it was true.

In a few months, the turtles will be invaded.
Baby Girl Dunham 001

And surely they will welcome this Hamburger with open arms.

Baby Girl Dunham 001

Because even if she isn't a turtle, she'll fit right in.
The turtle family has always been a fan of beef, carbs and anything smothered in cheese.

To be continued...

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Here's more of what we saw:

Baby Girl Dunham 003

And since I can read lips, here's what I'm pretty sure she was saying:

Baby Girl Dunham 003

Jason, the boys and I are happy to announce that we are expecting a GIRL brand of baby.
Holy Hairbows! We don't what we're going to do with one, but we have a few months to figure it out.

Tips? Advice? Warnings?
Money tree for clothes?
I'll take them.

* The "turtle" and the "hamburger" are what the ultrasound technicians look for to determine the gender of your baby. I won't pull out medical terms here because I'd be on all kinds of spam lists, but I'm pretty sure you can figure out which one belongs to which gender.

80 comments:

Carrie said...

I'm so excited! You know my girls are going to LOVE having a baby doll cousin to dress up and love on.

Hopefully having older brothers will stifle the "drama" that tends to come with little girls.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Congratulations! As a mama of three turtles and no hamburgers I don't have any advice =( Just happy for you!

The Gunter Family said...

I had a feeling that it was a girl!! Congrats!

Ivy said...

Yippee!!! I was actually thinking about you this morning and I was going to email you to see when ya'll would be finding out the sex! We have 3 more weeks and I actually dreamed last night that it's a girl!!

Jenni said...

Now you really need to work on the monogramming. It is a sign:)

Stephanie B said...

Since I only have but one, and she's a girl--- I'm obviously biased, but having a girl is awesome! So happy for you!

Brandi Bartee said...

Congratulations Hillary! It will be fun to see how a girl with hang with those boys!

Rachel @ CrazyTown said...

Oh Yea!!! Congratulations!! Well I have 2 girls and right now for me, at their ages almost 8 and 4 my advice is pick the battles you care about winning. Well and that really applies to all children but especially for girls. And just because she's a girl doesn't mean she'll want girly things. Carley refuses to wear dresses and loves everything her brother does. And Isabel is very girly but still loves to get down and dirty and play rough. She will turn out perfectly how she should be with all the turtles.

Joanie said...

Congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! Get ready to spend TONS of money on clothes, shoes and hairbows!:) And get ready to see some little boys be so protective of their little sister!They are going to love her!!
-Annan

Susannah said...

Oh MY GOODNESS!!! That is so wonderful! I'm so glad that you're going to have a little girl! I'm like you...I wouldn't know WHAT to do with one either :)

annieck said...

Oh, Hil!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I am SO thrilled for you, my friend!!! You are going to love it. :) Can't imagine a greater combination...of course, hat is my combinations, sooooo....

YEA! Congrats, my sweet friend!

Lydia said...

Well, that is just the best news!! Congratulations to you and your boys!!!!! :-)

CLS said...

I know you guys are thrilled! I'm glad you are adding a girl to all the boys on the way! Congratulations and yeah, get ready to go clothes shopping!!

VanderbiltWife said...

I know it's scary, but you'll enjoy it! I'm sure it's a whole different experience than boys. Congratulations!!

Ashley said...

Hillary,
CONGRATS, I amd beyond excited for you! I can't believe it's a baby girl, what a change for your house, eh?? It's going to be so much fun and at least she'll have 2 very protective older brothers! :)
Ashley

Emily said...

EEEEK!! how exciting!! i'm so happy for you and jason. your world will definitely be different but it's so much fun! congrats, hill!! love you!

Melissa said...

Yay Congrats! I was so hoping you would have a girl! Can't wait to hear stories about her. And girls have such cute clothes!!

Tara said...

How exciting! And I love the turtle/hamburger story. You are so creative and hilarious!

Advice for having a baby girl. Yes, a money tree will help if possible. You may have the urge to buy everything pink since you have been in a sea of boy colors for years. Before having AK, I hated pink, but it seems like that is what I am drawn to when picking out anything for her. You are going to have a ball and the boys will love their baby sister and want to protect and take care of her from the start! Brooks has never had any aggression/jealous rages toward her and I think it is b/c she's a girl.
Congratulations!! :)

brooke said...

Yey!! I'm so excited for you!!! You will love a little girl, although...she is my hardest one of my three. I'm so happy for you!!

mary caroline said...

the profile is precious :)

Amanda said...

Congratulations!!! You make me laugh out loud.

Lynn said...

Congratulations! I know the joys and fear that comes with raising a girl or 3!! Dresses, shoes, hairbows, tempers, attitudes, etc. but they are all worth it (well until they turn 9 and you want to send them to live with the gypsies!).

Jamie said...

Oh YIPPEE! We are working on number three as well and I'm so hoping for a girl this time. It makes me happy to see that it does happen after two boys...haha! Best wishes to you and your adorable family!

nick, robyn and taylor said...

Congratulations! Y'all are going to have so much fun dressing her, fixing her hair, etc. So happy for you!

Jesse and Lacey said...

Thrilled for you! Love the ultrasound pics!

Jenny86753oh9 said...

Congrats, Hillary!! That's awesome news...(we always called them a frog for a girl and a pig for a boy...now that I think about it, it's kinda weird. hmmmm...)

Tami said...

yay...a girl! As the mom of 3 boys and 1 girl, I know how excited you must be. Congrats :-D

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nicole said...

Congratulations! Girls are so fun! Let me just say that you should stay far away from Etsy if you are trying to responsible with money and clothes. ;) I have girls and boys and it is just so great to see the dynamics between them. Yea for your family!

Mandi @ It'scome2this said...

YAY!! SO exciting!!! I think it's pretty wonderful to be blessed with each:) Congrats to you & your boys!

~k said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oh amanda said...

Yay! I think I got chills seeing her sweet face! Girls are so fun---especially the hairbows!

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

So excited for you! Girls are a whole 'nother beast, truly, but they are a good sort of beast. They will actually sit still for two minutes put together. And they WANT to talk to you. And, oh, the CLOTHES!! Plus, a girl with older brothers? She's just perfection.

Aubrey said...

Girl, I have hamburgers. Saucy ones at times! Congratulations! Just think of all the fun your gonna have with this sweet little baby doll!

Angela Pea said...

A GIRL!!! Yeah!!!!

We have two of each, and I can assure there is a world of difference, but it's a difference you are going to love. Calmness. the ability to think a thought through to the end. Emotional upheaval (that doesn't come until much later). Barbie Shoes. American Girl Dolls. Pink! Bows! GLITTER!!!

Stephanie said...

Soooooooooo excited for you all! Those little turtles will become so protective of their little hamburger!

Stephanie said...

Soooooooooo excited for you all! Those little turtles will become so protective of their little hamburger!

The Writer Chic said...

We're having burgers together!!!! How cool is that?! =) Dreams come true, my friend. Dreams come true. ;)

dawn said...

Hillary, your tweet gave me a heart attack. Being way to paranoid about baby issues over here...I misintepreted what you meant. What a JOY to come and read your adorable post. Congrats--she will be a blessing and an adventure, just like your turtles!!

I'm so happy for you!

Lauren said...

Oh congratulations! I knew immediately when I read "hamburger" what you were going to say! That little girl will love having older brothers with cute friends coming over all the time. I always wished I had an older brother so I could rub elbows with the cute older boys in school (some of whom were in your class at HA).

mary bailey said...

Oh, Hillary, congratulations! What exciting news. I have no tips to give you as I am unfamiliar with girls. I mean *I* am a girl but it's been a long time since I was a little, itty, bitty one. I know your little girl will be well-loved by all of you!

Pearls and Grace said...

Congratulations Hillary!

You are going to LOVE having a girl!!


It was so nice meeting you at Blissdom!!

Big Hug,

Sibi

Jennifer s said...

You are right about the money tree. Girl stuff us sooooooo cute and expensive. Learn to sew! Ha

Diana said...

OMG LOL! I had heard about turtles but had not heard the hamburger reference! Even though I only had 1 boy before the arrival of our lovely girl, I can say it has been different. It's amazing how different they are even from an early age. More than being different people different. Cate gravitates toward "girly" things. Though she's not above "pew-pew" when the occasion calls for it.

Kelly said...

Congrats! We had a girl first, so we were unsure what do with boy babies. Grant is 3 now, we've all survived.

Just think how cute she's going to be with 2 big brothers to protect her!

Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

We love, love, love girls over here! They are so much fun! I'm so happy for you!

Jennifer said...

Congrats!!! Girls are SO much fun and you are going to love having a daughter to do all the girly stuff with!

My daughter is such a girly girl and I love it! She can run with the boys too!

Congrats again! SO excited for you!!!

Jenny said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you. I can cleary recall the doctor explaining how the hamburger looks different from the turtle during my ultrasound with Melody. She said the image of our little hamburger was so good that it was going to enter the Wall of Hamburgers at the office to use as examples. So proud.

I'm so happy for y'all. Life will change for sure, now! :) Girls are awesome and now you won't have to duck when you're changing a diaper.

The Murray Crew said...

Such wonderful news! I know nothing of girl power, but I'm sure you'll figure it out in no time! Blessings to all of you!

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

I am doing the happy dance for you over here!!!! I LOVE my boys. LOVE THEM. But, I am so thrilled I did get a girl!

I am so happy for you! Be careful though, the clothes are entirely way too much fun!!!! And, don't even get me started on the bows!!!

Mrs. NB

The HoneaBees said...

I knew what you were going to say when I read the title! Remember that you are a hamburger too! And, they don't all have to be frilly! Mine isn't-she says she would rather play with boys than girls anyday. Hopefully that means I can escape having to deal with the mean girls-but she will be friends to all of the boys so her dating life will stink. Which is also great for me! Win Win!
You will have so much fun seeing how the boys will be protective of her! AWWW!! So happy for you!

Amy said...

Girls are so much fun!!! We'll have lunch one day and I'll fill you in :) Jason, on the other hand, really has nothing to learn b/c as soon as she appears, he'll immediately be wrapped around her finger and will do whatever she wants :) Girls figure that out REALLY early!

So happy for you!

Brandi said...

Oh my good grief... there's no stem on that apple!!! CONGRATS! ;)

Rebekah said...

I'm so happy for you! :) I know you wanted a Hamburger. I have no words of wisdom as I have a turtle myself and never want a hamburger. :)

Michelle said...

Hillary! I am so excited for you!!!! I was confused with the title because I thought you were going to show that god awful meatloaf in the shape of the turtle that everyone and their mother has been posting about the last couple weeks. I was going to link it, but it's way gross. But YAY, I'm so happy that it's a GIRL!! Could I use any more effing exclaimation points!??!

Matt, Carrie, Lucy and Molly Allen said...

oh wow! yay!!! congrats....baby girls are so so sweet! love the post too, btw!

Cara said...

Oh my goodness - I didn't "get" the hamburger description and was all "huh?" until the end LOL Congratulations to you! Great blog btw :)

Staci said...

How cute is that?!?! Congrats on your new little burger :)

Jenn McPherson said...

YAY!! Girls are SO much fun!! Expensive too!!

Anonymous said...

Girls are fun!!!

Holly said...

Girls are a lot of fun! Having four boys and only one girl... I tell people all the time who say, "Bless your heart with all those boys, blah, blah, blah..." My four boys wear me out physically. My ONE girl brings me to my knees EMOTIONALLY. Every. Single. Day. Congratulations!

Elizabeth said...

Turtles and hamburgers, eh? I've had many an ultrasound and that is a new one and a hysterical one at that! Congrats! I have 3 girls and one little baby boy. Girls are so fun bc I really get them--the drama, the emotionality of life in general, how much they need encouragement and cuddling. I just really love them because I am just as crazy as they are:) Tell you what-you learn me about boys and I will return the favor:) Congrats, I'm sure she'll be as funny as her mother and as cute as her brothers:)

e.t. said...

Hillary!! That is SUCH wonderful/exciting news! Congrats to you, the hubs, and the new big brothers!!

Amy Kennedy said...

SWEET! You are going to love having a GIRL! And big brothers will love it too! Yes go ahead and see if anybody in the family wants to go ahead and throw money your way for some clothes-they are SO precious and it's so hard to say no to all the pink stuff. So happy for your new party of 5!

Robin ~ PENSIEVE said...

Whatever you do, PLEASE resist the urge to TAPE bows in her hair. That is NEVER a good look!

:)

{{CONGRATULATIONS & HUGS!!}}

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! The boys will love being big brothers to a baby sister. My boys wish they had a baby sister but we are DONE. So, how did you convince them to give you the ultrasound before the consignment sale? Is that for another post? I'm glad you know so you can sell and shop w/o question!

Karla

Becca @ Our Crazy Boys said...

That is hilarious! I have no idea how those techs can see anything in those fuzzy pictures.

Congratulations on a baby girl! Her big brothers are going to take such good care of her!

Real Life Sarah said...

Congratulations! I have three hamburgers and couldn't be happier! I would have no idea what to do with a turtle!

My best friend has three boys and girl (the girl last) and she has brought such a great vibe to their family! Can't wait to hear.

Donna said...

Again, congratulaions- and her profile is BEAUTIFUL- she looks feminine and precious!

LizzieV. said...

Yay girl! Our DLG (for Daddy's Little Girl, of course) is so not like big brother, but I think I told you some of it last year. Intense eye contact from the get-go. Loves to cuddle, but also wants to see what's going on, seems to share better, too (mostly.) But I do get a bit tired of pink.....

Roo and Wren's Mama said...

This post cracked me up! What a creative way to share your news. Girls are great - I have two. Happy PINK shopping! :)

Sabrina said...

Congrats Hillary! Girls are so much fun to shop for!!! And I swore that I would not buy into all that disney princess stuff.....we have the bedding, table, and two toy boxes. Not to mention all the jewlery, dress up clothes, and books!!! Just remember front to back!!! HAHA

grace said...

I just started reading your blog...so this is really fun to happen upon! Congrats to you and your family!

Krista said...

SUPER exciting! I love your little story, had no idea where it was going until I saw the ultrasound! Mom of two boys, I would have no idea what to do with a hamburger! Good luck with that!

Anonymous said...

Hillary, I know I'm your mom & all! But, I think you have just written a pretty cute children's book.... Now, let's find a publisher! Love ya! Rooter

Dawn said...

wow!! woo-hoo!! a girl!
having one of each... i will just say that i think it will be amazing to experience first hand how different boys and girls really are!! happy think-pink!

Lindsey said...

so excited for you guys hillary! i am so thankful to have both boys and a girl! awesome, awesome, awesome!!

Tara said...

Congrats...you're going to love, Love, LOVE having a baby girl. My best tip is never buy boutique hair bows...I buy all mine on ebay! I usually don't pay more than $2 per bow...you'll save a fortune! Good luck!

Bobbi Janay @When did I go from a kid to a grown up? said...

Yay! She will be so much fun.

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