Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Baby Sister

Having more children isn't something parents with a special needs child take lightly. Questions about "could it happen again" and "could I handle it if it did" linger in the back of my mind even when I know Whitney's chromosomal deletion is a 1-in-10,000-births fluke. It's been over three years since our last child was born but I remember the "what if" concerns very well.

I bring this topic up again now, because Whitney and Liam are going to have a little sister this fall. Mel and I went in for an ultrasound last night to see how everything looked. Thankfully, everything seemed to measure right and the heartbeat was just fine as well. This new baby is apparently not shy at all. The first view we saw on the screen positively identified her as a little girl.

We are both thrilled. We've read research that shows women who grow up with a sister are happier and healthier and we hope that will carry over to Whit and her little sis. There will be about six and a half years between them. But with some developmental delays thrown in they could see eye to eye on a lot of things during their childhood. I think these two sisters will be great together as they grow up. I just wanted to share the news. We'll keep everyone posted on our growing family.

11 comments:

Candle Ends said...

Congratulations! Great News.

Kajsa Farnsworth said...

Congratulations!! I'm so glad everything looked good at the ultrasound. Can't wait to see you all this summer!

The Mickelsen's said...

I'm so happy for you both. A little sister will be a great blessing for both Whitney and Liam. And darn it all, Melanie is in desperate need of a baby! Congratulatioins!

Julie said...

we love you guys and are so excitd for you and your cute family!

Nate said...

Thanks, everybody. We're really excited too. I think Whit and Liam will be big helpers when the new baby arrives.

Julie and Jason said...

Congratulations Hansen Family! Little girls are so precious and fun. Liam will have his hands full!:)We hope Melanie is feeling well and planning is going well for this summer. We wish we could be there. Many Blessings! The Friedmans

The Spicers said...

Congratulations!!! This is so exciting!!!

Shafferprincess said...

Congrats, you guys! How exciting for another little girl to join the family.

And glad to hear that Whit is doing so well! What a sweet little girl you have there!

Nate said...

Thank you! We're so excited. Melanie felt her move for the first time yesterday. By the way, if you have any girl name suggestions, please pass them along. We could really use some ideas. :-)

Sandy said...

YAY! Congrats!! Sandy is a FABULOUS name! Sure, I get called Candy and Sammy all the time because I obviously am terrible at pronouncing my name, but still...

Justin said...

Congratulations! This is happy news, indeed.