Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pregnancy Journal: Weeks 17-21

How far along: 21weeks! Half way there baby! Time is simply flying by!

Size of Baby:
Endive. 10.5 inches!

Gender:
It's a BOY!

Weight Gain: 8 pounds total.

Symptoms:
I pee all. the. time!

Belly Button: In for now but it's definitely stretched to it's limits.

Exercise: Um.... I walk the dog... when it's not pouring rain, which it's been doing A LOT of lately. But my goal for the second half of this pregnancy is to (try to) exercise regularly (beyond walking the dog) so that my body is strong and ready for labor.

Sleep: Still the hardest part of being pregnant and I have a feeling it's only going to get trickier the further along we get. I am really looking forward to sleeping on my back again in about 19 weeks.

Maternity Clothes: Don't get me started on the sizing of maternity jeans or the limited options for petite ladies. I'm rocking leggings every day and really looking forward to warmer weather so I can wear more dresses. But I finally caved and bought a new bra and everyone is happier for it. And I picked up a couple of tops that are not specific maternity wear but I stuffed a sweater under each shirt in the dressing room and I think they should work as I continue to get rounder.

Best Moment of this Month: Finding out the gender!!!! Feeling the baby kick!!! My baby shower (which I will bog about)!!! All the exclamation points. I am just loving being pregnant.

Looking Forward to Next Month: Getting started on the nursery now that we know it's a boy. I have also been holding out on buying anything for our little one and now I can't wait to start loading up on all the cute little boy clothes and necessities. I also love watching my belly grow and feeling more baby kicks and punches. Basically I like to stare at my belly all day and wait to see it move. He's a wiggle worm.
(I didn't take a chalkboard pic at 20weeks because we weren't at home. Also I didn't know how to draw an endive....) 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

It's a...

BOY!!!! 
I'm having a baby boy.
I'm going to have a son.
I can hardly believe it and I am so excited!

T.J. was sure we were having a girl. He was convinced and he had mostly convinced me except then I had a dream it was boy the week before our ultrasound and didn't want to be set one way or the other. But if I'm honest it was hard to picture a boy simply because I'm a girl, and I have a sister, and that's just what I'm used to. But when our little one flashed his goods there was no doubt.

And now my mindset is changing, how I'm thinking about this pregnancy and the years to follow has shifted. Our future looks so different than I could have ever hoped! A boy! A sweet little baby boy. Seeing our baby moving and squirming on the screen, seeing confirmation that he was going to have a son, I watched T.J.'s excitement ratchet up. Not that he wasn't excited about a girl but, again, for him it was unfamiliar territory.

Suddenly I could see a sweet little boy nestled on my husband's chest. I saw overalls, and smocked longalls, toy trucks, scraped knees, Little League and a car full of stinky boys after football practice.  I saw him, my son, barefoot and chasing the goats at my in laws. I saw a little boy in a lifejacket and my dad teaching his grandson to waterski.

A BOY! This is going to be so much fun!!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Pick a Side: Old Wives' Tales

Tomorrow we go for our anatomy ultrasound and I am BEYOND excited! It feels like I'm waiting for Christmas morning or a trip to Disney World. I can't wait to stare at our sweet baby moving on the screen for a whole hour, AND I can't wait to find out if baby is a little man or little lady. How wild is that and how amazing?!

T.J. (and everyone else) has probably asked me every day since I got pregnant if I had feeling about the baby's gender. He has his prediction and while I mostly feel the same I've tried to stay pretty neutral so that I'm not dead set one way or the other. I had a dream early on it was a girl but the other week I had a dream it was a boy so I really have no idea. Obviously it's a 50/50 chance and we will be thrilled with either a son or daughter. I just can't believe I'm actually going to have a son or a daughter in about 5 months! Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!!

Before we know for sure though, we thought it would be fun to see what the old wives' tales have to say on the matter...

We are going home in a few days and I can't wait to share the gender with our families in person! I am also excited to finally be able to buy some cute and oh so tiny baby clothes, and start referring to the little nugget as "he" or "she" rather than "baby" or "it." So what do you think? Boy or girl?