20 Week Bumpdate

Yay! We’re over halfway there!  And we know our little baby’s gender.

It’s a BOY!!

When the sono lady was doing the sonogram, she got to the end and asked if we had a preference/feeling this time around.  Chad started to say how fun it would be to have a little girl, when she interrupted him and said, well, unfortunately you don’t have a very shy little son!  He was loud and proud, spread legs, ready to show himself off to the world.

We are so thrilled.  NOT ONLY for a perfect little one, growing and measuring right on, but also for the icing on the cake of knowing that it is a HE in there.  The very first thing I told Chad after we found out (and after we high-fived, of course) was that he could now build bunk beds for the boys!

I was secretly hoping for a boy.  Don’t get me wrong, a girl would have been so sweet…we all know the craziness that would ensue (I had even found the PERFECT Hello Kitty diaper bag), but I know it will be so special for Kohen to have a brother.  And I never got to experience what it was like to have a sister (ok, my brothers are alright too) but there is just something different when you have a sibling of the same gender.  I have also already gone through some of Kohen’s baby clothes and I’m pumped to use them again on this little guy!

Anyway, we found out on a Monday (a little after 18 weeks) at my specialist appointment.  Which went very well by the way.  Other than the appointment taking all morning, everything checked out fine.  They will monitor me closely because blood pressure is not something to mess around with (and I understand completely), but I still felt like my elevated levels were because of my general nervous state at the doctor’s office.  But, it just means that we get to see our little guy more towards then end with a few extra sonograms, and we will pray that everything goes well towards the end of the pregnancy.

We kept the baby’s gender a secret until we could share with family in a small gender reveal party.

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We had Chad’s mom and Paul, Paul’s son CJ and his wife, Chad’s dad and Beth, Chad’s brother’s family, my parents, and my younger brother (Ty skipped out to be at the Royals game – who are going to the World Series…what??????!!!!!) over to our house and I made a couple pots of chili, and kept it pretty low-key with the sides.

We ate out on the back patio and it was a beautiful evening.

We decided to reveal the baby’s gender first thing because we didn’t want any chances of spoiling the surprise.

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I had wrapped up a new little onesie and we planned to have Kohen open it up.  (I wanted to find “matching” outfits so that Kohen would be dressed in the same outfit that he would pull a smaller version of out of the bag, but I wasn’t finding what I wanted at the store.  Chad insisted that it was fine…and it was.  It’s just once you have something in your mind…ya know??  Or maybe that’s just me??)

Anyway, Ko opened the bag, and it was BLUE!

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Mama and her boys!

We had a great evening with family and it was great to finally let everyone know!!

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Those pics were all from around 19 weeks.

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This is from last weekend (20 weeks)  Mama and little brother.

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Daddy and big brother!

So thankful for my family! And the chance to take care of 3 boys (yes I include Chad) 🙂

15 Week Bumpdate

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-Feeling just a little large for this to only be 15 weeks, but maybe it was the angle and the camera???  Might as well get used to growing…

-Have been LOVING the fall-ish weather and am looking forward to being pregnant mostly through the cooler months.  Already have been disappointed in my maternity wardrobe and have been scoping out sales to catch a few staple pieces on discount!

-I think that I may have felt some movement, but I can’t say for sure.

-As with Kohen, I have been avoiding sweets – they just don’t sound good!  So, I don’t know if that is just my preference when I’m dealing with the sickness, or if that means we have another boy on our hands.  Time will tell.

-I still haven’t made it completely out of the woods in terms of feeling good…which may contribute to the extra weight gain.  Food is the only thing that seems to make the gross taste in the back of my throat go away.  I’ve tried the anti-nausea meds and Tums, but gum and mints seem to mask the symptoms the best.

-Have also been feeling quite tired.  But, early bed time is my jam in normal life, so it’s not completely surprising.

-Cravings: Salty and Fresh.  Salads with any vinaigrette type dressing, broccoli and carrots, pickled okra, pickles, cottage cheese, sandwiches and Dr. Pepper (but I don’t give in very often) and fast food.  A friend had taco bell at small group the other night and it was all I could think about until I went and got some for lunch the next day!

-We got a gym membership so I’m looking forward to getting back on the fitness track and helping to curb excessive weight gain

-We don’t have another appointment for a few weeks – doc is on vacation so I had to go for a 17 week appointment instead of the normal 16.  Had a little bit of a scare around 13 weeks, but thankfully baby’s heartbeat was solid and strong.  Brought huge relief to this nervous mama.

-It also needs to be noted that my doctor was concerned about my blood pressure at my last appointment…I tried to convince her that it is high at every doctor appointment because I have white coat syndrome, but she wasn’t having it.  Chad and my mom have been monitoring it at home and it has been regular here, so I have been recording it as evidence.  The doc wanted to know why I hadn’t been diagnosed with chronic hypertension and she wasn’t willing to take any risks and referred me to a specialist.  We won’t see that doctor until later September.  Doing my best to remain calm about the situation, and what has me mellow is the fact that we have recorded good blood pressure markers at home.  I know in my heart that my blood pressure is high just because of being in the doctor’s office and my worry that everything is ok with the baby.  So, now, I just have to convince the doctors!!

-So thankful to be carrying this little life and look forward to seeing the baby on the sono for the anatomy scan (praying for strong development and all the parts to be growing perfectly) and to have a little icing on the cake to find out the gender.