Thursday, February 23, 2012


It is finally official...we're having a baby BOY!!!!
Since I saw those double lines on the pregnancy tests, I have been waiting to find out the sex. So of course we have been counting down the days until our appointment. I have been convinced it was a boy and couldn't wait to be right!

We both were so excited to find out the sex and couldn't really sleep. We woke up at 4am and just laid in bed chatting about our future bundle and how our life is going to change. After several work meetings, it was time to head to the doctors office. On the way, I sipped on a coke zero and ate a few sour patch kids...I was determined to get this kiddo moving around!

After the dreaded weigh in, we headed back to the ultrasound room. We both watched in awe as the technician measured, counted and checked every inch of Anderson's body. When it came time to find out the sex, she let us look and guess first. I immediately saw a "third" limb and yelled...It's a boy! She confirmed my guess and pointed to the penis on the screen. At that moment, I thought Mike was going to run around the halls screaming with joy. He was a beaming proud papa! After the ultrasound, the midwife (our doctor had 3 emergency c-sections and couldn't meet with us) came to chat with us. Anderson got a clean bill of health and she answered my usual list of questions.
We then began to call all of our family and friends. It was so fun to share the news with everyone and hear their reactions to the name!

Everyone asked us how we came up with the name so let me explain.

I have always liked last names for first names. Mike was on the fence and shot down most of my name choices- with good reason. We finally narrowed it down to 2 names and settled on Anderson! We both felt like it was a strong, southern name. (We are calling him Anderson but his nickname will be Anders)

We wanted his middle name to be a family name so then it was off to consult the family tree.
Robert is Mike's dad's name and also my "grandpa's" name. My mom's dad died of Alzheimer's when I was young so I don't have a ton of memories with him. My grandma dated a man named Bob (Robert) for so many years that he became our grandpa. (fun side story- grandma & Bob went to medical school together and were best friends for years. They both married other people, had children and opened their medical practices in different locations. Both couples ended up building houses in Traverse City for retirement. After Bob's wife and grandpa passed away, they rekindled their friendship and dated for years.) Bob passed away a few months ago but was an AMAZING man. I just wish he could have met Anderson.
Mike's dad and Bob Tull are 2 men that exude strong family values, love, strength, courage, smarts and a love for life. We pray that Anderson will grow up to be an amazing man just like these two.
Grandma & BobMike's dad with his 3 sons

We met our dear friends for dinner and to share our big news. They have been such a blessing to us during this crazy time in Knoxville, and I could not be more thankful for their friendships!

Celebratory drinks with Chris
Beautiful flowers from Erica- Blue & Pink since she didn't know the sex yet!
Erica, me and Amanda


Bawa Bears said...

love love love it all! congrats!!!!!

Emily G. said...

So glad you are both healthy! And yes, I wanted you to have a boy so I'm REALLY happy! I wonder how many times Nate is going to ask me when he can "battle" Anderson!? Um, try like 4 yrs.

PS Glad to see you have a Catholic friend! Nate proudly wore his ashes all day! :)

Hallie Madewell said...

I am SOOOO EXCITED for you, little boys are so much fun!!! Beautiful name too! PS. Im getting all the "goodies" Emily let me borrow of Nates together for you!

The Bruces (but most likely the Mrs.) said...

WOO HOO. Love the story about his name, it will be very special for him and I feel sure he will live up to it! So excited about little Anderson!

Sara said...

So excited for you guys! Can't wait to see you, Mike, and little Anderson soon!

KelseyMoore said...

Congrats! I love Anderson!