In my experience of bringing my children into this world, I can honestly say that I believe that not only were they present, consciously in the womb, but that I knew them before they were born, their temperament and aspects of their personalities could be felt. Those temperaments and personality features are still present in them today. I will also say that I felt like I knew them before they were ever conceived, and by that I mean, I always felt like someone was missing. Like I knew, someone was supposed to be here, in this world, but wasn't. I no longer feel that, because they are here with me now.
Anyway, true story ...
My wife and I were married for ten years before she got pregnant. During that duration of time we lived in New England close to my parents who are die hard Red Sox fans. My mom used to nag us as to when we are going to have children. Typical right? My mom didn't know that my wife would have had a difficult time conceiving (which makes my daughter's birth a little miracle in and of itself). Anyway ... my wife would constantly say to her ... "We will have children when the Sox when the World Series." This conversation happened at the time when the Red Sox haven't won a championship in over 80 years. Anyway ... the month and the year (October, 2004) when my wife was conceived, was just at the same time the Red Sox finally won the World Series for the first time since 1918.
Another weird thing was that my wife would have dreams and premonitions where she would see a little girl in various places in our newly purchased house months before she was pregnant. My wife claims that the little girl she saw in her dreams matches the physical features of our daughter when she was about three years old.
So, before that time ... I was always on the fence on the abortion issue. Now, I don't know. I, at least, know it would have been wrong for my wife and I if we had chosen to terminate the pregnancy. But that is our particular case. Everyone's paths are uniquely different I guess. I'm just joyful that my daughter is with us!
Anyway ... Congrats to Reece. That's awesome!