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    100% Chance of Showers

    November 3, 2006 by Brandy Vencel

    Today, the women of my family gathered to celebrate my pregnancy and the coming birth of Baby Q. I felt strange when they first asked to throw a shower, even if it was a small one, because I’ve already had showers for my first two children, and it seemed a bit…I don’t know. I just know that Southerners would frown on such things as excessive showering.

    And then they not only wanted to throw a shower, they wanted me to register. Another faux pas! But it is true that our needs at this point are very specific, and no one knows them but us, and a registry is the easiest way to organize a needs list. I bowed to that request as well.

    The luncheon today was so lovely. We had a simple, yummy lunch {I love lunch!}, and received more presents than I expected. We are most definitely ready for Baby Q. now, though we hope she waits a few more weeks before arriving.

    I cannot explain how encouraging this is. Not everyone in our life was thrilled when we announced this pregnancy. There are many folks out there that frown on large families. I don’t consider three children to be “many children,” but there are people who do, and it has been hard for me to see people I thought would be happy and excited frown at us and inform us that we shouldn’t have any more babies. In fact, they seem to like to tell me that three is a lot and I will be overwhelmed.

    And I will be. I was overwhelmed the first time I brought a baby home. And then I was overwhelmed by trying to learn to handle two. And I’m sure three will be hard in its own way also. But we are excited, and we love this baby, and it always amazes me how hard things become quite normal with time, determination, and practice.

    It was so nice to learn that our family here loves this baby, too. They didn’t have to give a single present. Just knowing that they love her already is enough for me.


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  • Reply Brandy November 3, 2006 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you all for loving our baby! I have the warm fuzzies today after reading all the comments.

    Kimbrah, do you read the Dominion Family blog? Cindy has eight boys. Maybe this is in your future? Hehe…

    Dad, we love you and appreciate your determination, but we are not naming our little girl after you. Sorry, and I understand if you want to write us out of the will.

  • Reply Kimbrah November 3, 2006 at 8:14 pm

    I can totally relate. Try expecting your third boy. Everyone seems to think that we are automatically doomed to failure. It has been really hard lately, because finances have been tough, too. That just seems to give everyone more reason to lecture us.

    I am praying for a safe birth for you guys. I am glad that Q. is so loved. We definitely look forward to meeting her and introducing her to her future husband, Elliott! Just kidding, I think we will let him choose between Q. and and baby Walker.;)

  • Reply Grace November 3, 2006 at 6:37 pm

    I love her too! Can’t wait. Sorry that I wasn’t able to make it to the shower. 🙁 I had to work. What is that all about? Love you and miss you! Let’s meet up soon, ok?

  • Reply Comedyken November 3, 2006 at 5:10 pm

    I can’t wait to meet, Kenlyn my namesake.

  • Reply rebecca November 3, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    Nick and I love her too. Can’t wait to meet the newest addition to your family.

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