Zone Defense

Last Wednesday, we had a new addition to the Valencia clan. At 7:17 PM we welcomed Harper Louise into the world with open arms. We didn’t know the gender, so everyone was anxiously awaiting the “It’s a…..” announcement. One of my favorite things is capturing that announcement on video of all the family and friends waiting at the hospital. From that moment on I have been a ‘Proud Papa’, grinningly letting the world know about this precious little addition to our family. It’s been 6 days since then and Mommy and Baby have been doing great!

Cuteness defined.

From that moment on we went from man-to-man to zone-defense. And, our family is changing for the better!

If you have kids, did you wait to find out the gender? Do you have a favorite “surprise moment” in your life?

 

49 Comments

  • Ben

    April 12, 2011

    Wait to find out? No way. Y’all crazy.

    lol, respect. You guys are super brave for doing that, our family would hate if we were to do that with our children, because they wouldn’t know what to get for us!

    I love surprise moments, and I don’t really have a favorite one. The most recent though, is being contacted about a certain job. It was pretty awesome…

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    • Dustin

      April 12, 2011

      sounds awesome. :)

      and… i’ll take crazy. i’m okay with crazy.

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  • Donald Borsch Jr

    April 12, 2011

    I agree with Ben. No way could I wait to find out.

    But this is a moot point, when compared to the image of yor beautiful daughter, HL Valencia!

    Jen makes pretty babies!

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    • Dustin

      April 12, 2011

      so true. there’s no way any of my ‘stunningly good looks’ (or lack thereof) went into the gene pool for my kids. they so got my wife’s good looks. :)

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  • Jim F

    April 12, 2011

    We did find out both times ahead – the first time with our daughter was on purpose and the second time with our son we did not want to know but we did find out away. I love surprising the family with the announcement that we were going to have a baby each time. There are 7 years between our kids so it was really a surprise each time.

    Congrats again and pray all is running smoothly in the home.

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    • Dustin

      April 12, 2011

      awesome! we kinda did something similar with our three as well (as far as telling our family we were going to have a baby). for our second, we had our oldest open up a present at her birthday party. it was her last present of the day, and inside was a “Big Sister” shirt… everyone was surprised :)

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  • Michael

    April 12, 2011

    No way man. We found out as quickly as we could.

    He is it for us and we got a dog.

    So our family is complete. :)

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    • Dustin

      April 12, 2011

      Yeah, i think a dog might be in our plans as well :)

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      • Donald Borsch Jr

        April 12, 2011

        D,

        Make it a male dog. Too much estrogen in your House right now. You’ll need the sanity-provision of a male companion.

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  • Adam

    April 12, 2011

    There is no way that i would be able to wait.

    Congrats Man!

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  • Tom Raines

    April 12, 2011

    We waited for our second. My wife was retelling the story just this weekend as my son turned 16 on Sunday. Enjoy the moments and for sharing your life. My wife screamed in about sixteen sylables it’s a boyyyyeeeeee.

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  • Duane Scott

    April 12, 2011

    Congratulations man. :)

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  • Joseph

    April 12, 2011

    Congratulations! What a blessing!

    We are expecting our first one in November and I can’t wait to find out what it is. But I just want to know so we can get ready. Boy or Girl it doesn’t matter.

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    • Dustin

      April 12, 2011

      Very cool, an early congrats to you and your wife! And you’re right, definitely doesn’t matter!

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  • bill (cycleguy)

    April 12, 2011

    Cool! thanks for letting us know. As a father to two girls (whom I did not know were going to be girls) I can understand the zone defense idea. Praying your whole family will be blessed (and get some sleep along the way).

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    • Dustin

      April 12, 2011

      thanks, bill – i appreciate the prayers. seems like we’re a little more rested each and every day (although it’s only been 6 days)!

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  • Moe

    April 12, 2011

    I’m still disappointed there was no live-blogging birth. Oh well.

    With that said. Do you change formation from a 3-2 defence to a 2-3 defense?

    Surprises? Yes, both my kids were huge (daughter: 9lbs 5oz and son 9lbs 3oz).

    Congrats man. You never did DM me what I asked you for. Punk!

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    • Dustin

      April 12, 2011

      yeah man, i think i contemplated the live-blog thing for a couple minutes…not sure about that. lol :)

      hmm, defensive formations… that is a good stuff to think about. we may go for the cover 2 – gotta protect against the hail marys! :)

      also, sent you a DM!

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  • Keri @ Pop Parables

    April 12, 2011

    She is absolutely precious! I thought about you guys a lot last Thursday when my baby boy turned ONE-wishing I could get back to those sweet newborn days. That first year goes by sooooo quickly, especially with the 3rd when you’re soooo busy. I pray that God gives you time to slow down and treasure each moment with your little Harper.

    Surprises? When we got orders to be stationed in the Netherlands, I honestly did not believe it was true. I was in total shock. And, I didn’t believe it was really gonna happen until the movers came to take our stuff. That’s because the military likes to play mean tricks on people and pull the rug out from under you just when you think everything is going great. But, our dream came true! Best surprise of my life. :)

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    • Dustin

      April 12, 2011

      awesome! i’ve been to the netherlands three times, wish I could go back again someday!

      thanks for the kind words – that is definitely something my wife and i try to remember: to cherish even the small, seemingly insignificant, moments in our children’s lives.

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  • Justin

    April 12, 2011

    We found out right away, at the earliest appointment where the sex could be identified!
    ….But, we had a huge surprise with our first son. We were told that we were having a girl! We even looked at the same pictures as the Dr. – and it looked like a girl. So, we did what any normal person would do – we purchased a gang of pink everything! Clothes, toys, even started to decorate our new daughter’s room – in pink. Then, about 8 weeks later – in a routine appointment, the Dr. looks at Lynnette, and says “What did I say you were having?” A girl….she says – and he says, “Well, I was wrong!” “You’re having a boy for sure”. So, that was our fun little pregnancy story. Congrats again, Dustin!

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    • Dustin

      April 12, 2011

      dude, that is crazy! it’s like two surprises over the course of a couple months.

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  • kristinherdy

    April 12, 2011

    I found out with both of my girls as quickly as possible, because my mom sews, you see, and she wasn’t going to let her grandbaby of either sex go without a full wardrobe upon birth.

    The biggest surprise I ever got wasn’t the sex of my kiddos, though, it was a piano, sneaked into the house one Christmas Eve to surprise the girl who had learned on a 6 octave keyboard for a year.

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    • Dustin

      April 12, 2011

      a full wardrobe upon birth – lol. that is what grandmas are for, no doubt!

      …i wouldn’t be opposed to a piano sneaking into my house. :)

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  • Ryan Tate

    April 12, 2011

    Congrats Man!
    My wife and I are the kind of people that peek at our Christmas gifts…there was no way we weren’t going to peek to see the sex of our babies.

    We found out right away with our first two. But…. we are now pregnant with our third and debating whether or not we can wait this one out. My wife wants to wait, I don’t. We have 4 more weeks till our next ultrasound.

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    • Dustin

      April 12, 2011

      pregnant with your third?? CONGRATS! my $.02? wait to find out :)

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  • Sean Sabourin

    April 12, 2011

    Dustin,

    With our first child we waited to find out the sex. It was a girl and with the next two we found out the sex of the child. February 26, 2007 was the surprise moment of my life. It was the day our daughter was born.

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    • Dustin

      April 12, 2011

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing Sean

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  • kevin

    April 12, 2011

    Love it. We are big on finding out the gender (maybe only to not have to say “we don’t know” 8739 times during the pregnancy).

    Probably my biggest surprise moment was when Megan told me she was pregnant with our first. Definitely came out of nowhere (well, we were trying, but the way she told me was a surprise).

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    • Dustin

      April 12, 2011

      Ha! It probably felt like 8739 times that we were asked, “Don’t you want to know the gender?” Or the number of times someone said, “I can never do that!” (But it’s fun, we liked it…)

      Did you blog about that once? (about how Megan told you) I vaguely remember something like that…

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  • Tracy

    April 12, 2011

    We found out with the first one but didn’t with the next ones (3). I felt like as soon as I found out, I wanted him there. I guess I had to learn patience, huh?!
    Hmm, I guess my surprises were the genders of my next three kiddos. Boy (we knew), girl, boy, girl. Loved not knowing until the end!

    If you really want a piano, I have a friend who (if I remember correctly) is trying to get rid of hers. Let me know!

    Congratulations!! She’s a cutie pie. :0)

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    • Dustin

      April 13, 2011

      Thanks, Tracy! :)

      And about that piano…. tempting. Seriously, if we had room, I would totally follow up!

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  • mo

    April 13, 2011

    we knew we were having a boy. it made preparing a lot easier, although I would have been ok if she had wanted a surprise :)

    Congratulations again, man!!!!!!

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    • Dustin

      April 13, 2011

      thanks, mo! yeah i can imagine prepping would be a little easier… :)

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  • ThatGuyKC

    April 13, 2011

    Cue the confetti!! Congratulations, Dustin!!

    I think the surprise moment for me was how small EJ felt in my arms.

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    • Dustin

      April 13, 2011

      Now that is a surprise moment! (it feels the same way with each kiddo, btw)

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  • Sandy Sandmeyer

    April 13, 2011

    CONGRATULATIONS DUSTIN! We did not find out the gender of our son before he was born, but I had an ultrasound a couple of days before he was born, because he was late, and I wanted to know then and they wouldn’t tell me.

    When he was born, I really had wanted a girl, so it was a surprise to find out I was having a boy. But, now I’m overjoyed with a boy. They don’t call them mama’s boys for nothing! :)

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    • Dustin

      April 13, 2011

      Ha, thanks Sandy!
      (I know the feeling… I’m a mamma’s boy too!)

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  • Adam

    April 13, 2011

    We found out for both our kids. My wife is to much of a Type A personality to not know.
    As far as surprises. There are way to many to mention. Probably the most vivid was when our daughter talked about our son’s penis at the checkout line in the grocery store.

    yah that was something else.

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    • Dustin

      April 14, 2011

      Sounds like a blog post to me :)

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  • Alex Humphrey

    April 14, 2011

    My wife and I are leaning heavily towards adoption. This makes it hard NOT to know the gender, but we are also not going to wait for the “perfect” child like some adopters do. Instead we are going to allow the first child (no matter background, ethnicity, eye color, disability, etc) become ours.

    That is the hope anyway. We’ll see what God brings us (it may be a natural born child! Lol)

    Congratulations again, Dustin! I am so excited for your family!!

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    • Dustin

      April 14, 2011

      God has a child picked out for you already, Alex. Thanks for sharing buddy.

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  • David Miles

    April 14, 2011

    Congratulations!

    My wife and I just had our first child in February and it has been such a blessing.

    We decided that we wanted to know the sex so we found out that we were having a girl and I imagine that when we have our next we will find out again (I think my wife likes to be able to plan accordingly). However, there has to be some incredible excitement with not knowing. What sort of emotions did you go through when you finally found out the sex?

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  • Melissa Brotherton

    April 18, 2011

    You waited!! I cannot imagine!

    As soon as I find out I’m pregnant I start counting down the days till I get to find out what “it” is. :) I’m too controlling to wait. haha!

    Congrats, Dustin!

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    • Dustin

      April 18, 2011

      Funny! Yeah I suppose for us “out if sight, out of mind” was a little easier. :)

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