Pregnancy

It’s a Boy!

Today we got to see our baby for the second time! The first time we saw him, he didn’t look much like a Baby. In the beginning of the appointment the Ultrasound Tech asked if we wanted to know the Gender and we both excitedly said yes! We had originally planned on waiting to find out at our Gender Reveal party to be with all of our Friends and Family. However with my Husband’s kind of job, planning things is EXTREMELY difficult. His work schedule got changed at the last minute and we had to cancel our party plans. So, now at the appointment we could find out the Gender of our Baby and not have to wait!

I desperately wanted a girl and he really wanted a boy. In the end we both were more concerned with the Baby being healthy and perfect. The Tech went throuh quite a bit of measuring and showed us all our Baby’s toes, fingers, organs and face. Seeing his precious little face melted my heart. She finally showed us the organs that would determine the Gender of our little one. At first, when she found that “that area,” on the screen it looked like we had a little girl. She was still getting the Transducer in place to get a better look and finally she settled on the spot. There it was! Our Baby was a BOY! I was in total shock. This whole time I felt it was a girl. I did the Chinese Birth Charts and the Mayan Birth Charts and most of them said Girl. Most of the Old Wives Tales symptoms said Girl while some suggested it was a Boy. We all know that all of that Gender Prediction is a load if B.S. and my pregnancy definitely proves it!

We were able to throw a last minute Gender Reveal party this evening. Joe and I were the only ones that knew and it was fun but very hard to keep the secret. Everyone was very surprised and very happy for us. It was such a wonderful evening and totally worth all the extra work and money.

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Progression Photos

17 Weeks

I have been feeling the Baby’s movement more each day. Within 10-15 minutes of eating the Baby gets pretty active. I can feel the little kicks/movements but I have to be sitting completely still to feel them. I’m on track with my weight gain and keeping up on my workouts. My appetite has no end and I’m constantly hungry. I keep healthy food and snacks in the house so I don’t feel gulity or regret over indulging.

On another note! I’m so excited for the end of this week! My Husband will be home and we will be finding out the gender of our little one!

Pregnancy

Gender Reveal Box

I just finished my Gender Reveal box! I’m SO happy with it! Next Thursday is my Ultrasound Appointment to check up on our baby and find out the Gender. We will have them seal it in an envelope to take to Party City for them to put the appropriate balloons inside the box. My Husband and I are the most impatient people you will ever meet. Our Gender Reveal Party is 2 days later, those 2 days will probably be the toughest and longest days of our lives! We agree that finding out with our family and close friends will be worth the wait! 📦🎈👶❤💙

⬇⬇⬇ Below are the pictures of my Gender Reveal Box process.

Found a blank box big enough for many balloons to fit inside.
I used wrapping paper for my heart stencil. I also traced objects I found around the house for the polka dots.
I used light pink and light blue paint for the polka dots. I will be using black chalk paint for the heart.
The final product. I used a chalk marker and free hand drew the words on. I also taped and glued the other 2 flaps inside down, so they wouldn’t interfere the balloons coming out.
Pregnancy

Feeling Baby’s Movements for The First Time!

Last night I felt my Baby’s movements for the first time! It was so slight and quick. I had to have my hands firmly placed on my belly to feel it. It felt like the Baby was kicking or rolling around. It only happened on and off for about a minute. It was the most amazing feeling I have ever experienced! This is definitely the most amazing part of being Pregnant. I look forward to more experiences!

Pregnancy

Waiting to Have Children

These days, more and more Women are waiting to have their first child, and I was one of them. Now that the BIG 3-0 is approaching, I know that if I want to have a child, that time is now. Having spent my entire 20s doing what I want and living my life to the fullest, I feel that I am ready to become a Parent.

This October my Husband and I will have been together for 13 years. We have had plenty of time to be selfish, to focus on ourselves/eachother, our relationship, goals and much more. We know that having a Child would mean sacrificing those things.

Quite some time ago, someone once gave me some absolutely terrible advice. They told me to quit using Birth Control without my Significant other knowing, to get pregnant, because that’s what they did. I remember being totally shocked and appalled being told this kind of advice. Why on Earth would I want to trick my Husband into having a Child!? The fact that he wasn’t ready for a Baby at the time, and I felt that I was, was not a reason to do such an atrocious thing! I’m am truly glad I waited those several years for him to come to me and say, “I am ready to have a baby.” That was what I had wanted all along. For us to decide to take such a momentous step in our lives, together.

Progression Photos

16 Weeks

I can feel and see the growth each week. Getting closer to my 2nd Ultrasound and Gender Reveal! I can’t wait! Thanfully my heartburn issues have let up. Today was a great day. I got to watch countless Hot Air Balloons go right over my house and as I write this sitting on my porch, I can hear a fireworks show. It’s an American Saturday Night. God Bless this Country.

Pregnancy

Quad Test Results


I called my OB’s Office today to inquire about the results of the Quad Test I had last week. The Quad Test is a maternal blood screening test that looks for 4 specific substances:

  • Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), a protein made by the developing baby
  • Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a hormone made by the placenta
  • Estriol, a hormone made by the placenta and the baby’s liver
  • Inhibin A, another hormone made by the placenta

The test is used to assess probabilities of potential genetic disorders in the Baby.

Apparently no news is good news. My results came back negative/normal. Yay!! Every step in the right direction is such a relief! I’m trying not to worry about everything, especially things I can’t control. I’m placing my Pregnancy in God’s hands.  

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.    -1 Peter 5:7

My 2nd Ultrasound is in 13 days and they will check that my Baby is growing and developing normally. We will also be finding out the gender of our Baby! 

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My New Favorite Body Lotion

I came across this lotion at GNC and I have been using it for about a week now and I absolutely love it. It is pretty thick and hard to squeeze out of the bottle but it works very well. It keeps my skin moisturized all day, it makes my skin feel amazingly soft and it gives my skin a subtle glow. Being Pregnant has me very cautious about what I put on my skin and in my body while my Baby is developing. The fact that it is made from natural and organic ingredients is perfect.

https://www.sheamoisture.com/coconut-hibiscus-body-lotion.html

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First Purchase for My Baby

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I ordered these 2 Mini Cribs from Babies R US the other day. This is the first purchase I have made for my Baby and I’m so EXCITED! The reason I did this is so that when my Husband gets home in 2 weeks we will be finding out the Gender! We want to put one together right away and get to work once we find out the Gender. Since he works over 1,000 miles from home he is gone for several weeks at a time and is only home from work for 12 days. I can not waste anytime ordering and waiting for things while he is here. His work schedule is pretty unreliable for time off and he won’t be home but maybe 2 or 3 times before the Baby arrives. I can not wait to start decorating and putting together the Nursery. It will be so much fun!

Food

Yummmm!

I stopped into my local GNC the other day and found these delicious cookies. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies are my favorite. These are AMAZING! They are full of Protein and are not loaded with a TON of crap like most cookies are. These cookies are HUGE and half of the cookie is 1 serving. It is pretty filling and eating the whole thing is too much at once.