Wow. I still cannot believe it. The girls were right! All along they have said it was a brother and here he is:
John Gwaltney Persons, III (Tripp) was born September 4, 2009 at 7:49 am. He weighed 6 pounds 1 ounce (a little guy!) and was 19 inches long.
I cannot tell you how thrilling it was to hear "It's a boy!" I will never forget that moment and I am so glad we did know the gender until then. Since we knew Lauren and Catherine's gender, I can say I've experienced both knowing and not knowing the sex. While knowing makes the planning fun, there is something to be said for the anticipation of the moment of birth.
John and I totally expected another girl. He and I were surprised to hear it was a boy. Long ago we had decided to carry on John's family name but we had not talked at all about what we would call him. It took us a couple of days to decide between Trey and Tripp (nicknames for third generation boys.) Does he look proud?
Because of the rampant spread of the H1N1 flu virus, the hospital has banned visitors under the age of 18. So, the girls did not get to meet Tripp until we were home. I missed seeing them, but luckily they are too young to really understand that they were missing out by not getting to visit us at the hospital. Here they are meeting their brother for the first time.
As you can see, Catherine was very concerned about his pacifier.
This cracks me up. Look at the expression on Tripp's face. He knows already to protect himself from his loving sister.
They think he is a baby doll. We use a LOT of hand sanitizer and are working on teaching them the proper way to hold him.
Lauren and Catherine are proud sisters, are very excited and love, love, love their little brother. We are so blessed and thank our Heavenly Father for the healthy new addition to our family.