Thursday, March 7, 2013

It's a.......(gender reveal)

Yesterday was my big anatomy scan for the little bean, at AMI in Harrison Hospital. I was told to expect a 1 hour appointment, but because I had an intern learning, it was actually 2 hours. BUT, I got to see baby moving non-stop that entire 2 hours, so I didn't really mind :) They had a huge list of things they had to find and look for and measure, so it was interesting to see all the little baby parts. Craig was confused about where the appointment was so in the beginning when the intern said, "do you want to know gender?", I just kind of said, "ummm, I don't know, we've debated a lot. I guess I'll see for sure when my husband gets here." When Craig arrived she was still just measuring some stuff and then BAM, there was a body part. I've been seeing other people's ultrasounds for weeks in the Facebook birth group I'm in so I feel like I've gotten really good at seeing the 3 lines for girl or tiny penis for a boy. I said to the tech, "am I seeing what I think I'm seeing?" She was just trying to measure bones and things and the gender revealed itself.

During the ultrasound baby was doing flips, arching it's back, sucking it's thumb (SOOO cute) and even bare back riding a contraction. The contraction was wild, I'd never seen what one looked like in utero before. I thought after a while baby would slow down and lay still, but it didn't stop wiggling the entire time. Then it would tuck it's head low in the cervix and make the intern work really hard for the measurements :)

We weren't sad the gender reveal happened that way as we figured we'd want to find out anyway. The original plan was not to, but over the last several weeks I've just started feeling like life has been unpredictable enough lately and I just don't want or need another secret right now. I even read a bunch of blogs yesterday morning before the appointment to see if I'd missed a reason to wait that might potentially be important to me. The most repeated reasons I found were:
1) Waiting to know the gender gives motivation during the pushing stage (totally not a problem for me. Like, at all.)
2)Waiting to know the gender encourages people to buy big ticket items at showers, rather than just clothing (again, not an issue for me as we don't need strollers, cribs, swings, etc and this is baby number 3)
3) It's life's last GOOD surprise.

That third one was sort of a maybe for me, but I've just had enough surprises for now and I'll tell ya, finding out yesterday was a still a fun surprise.

I decided I'd make a cake to surprise the kids today, so I baked and iced it last night and then after dinner we took the gender votes and I served up the cake. There were 2 girl votes: Craig and Elly, and 2 boy votes: Jacob and Evie. I didn't vote as I have immunity by being the growth vessel and I've honestly waivered back and forth a lot this pregnancy although my gut has probably always been girl.

The Twinkle Twinkle cake; vanilla with a cream cheese buttercream frosting.

My big 4 year old .

"Look, cake!!!" Evie, my dear (now potty trained) 2 year old.

The big brother, 13 year old Jacob.

My head looks so huge compared to Craig's. It half cracks me up and half scares me. lol

Happy Snap

Jacob closed his eyes while his piece was served and then....

That is blue frosting!!!!!

I love how she's looking at him here!

And, the Pièce de résistance:

It's a boy!!!!
Those are his little thighs sticking straight up towards my placenta, bent at the knees, and I'm sure you can all guess what that other thing is ;)
I am really's still sinking in. Boys make me nervous, for a lot of reasons and I probably won't write about them on here, so I'm kind of nervous...but that nice long ultrasound made it really special seeing our little boy moving around and loving his little home. We are truly blessed and can't wait to see and meet him!

A bit of an update :)

It's been a little while since I posted some pregnancy photos on here. Honestly, I'm feeling fat and puffy, so I haven't wanted to post much, but I'm nearly half way through this pregnancy and my weight gain is staying around 9-12lbs, so I guess that's not too terrible. Just more than I'd gained with either of the girls til I was in the third trimester! Granted, I started this pregnancy 38lbs lighter. That's gotta count for something, right??? :)
14w1d, in Cali to see my dad. This was the day he passed away.

This was 16 weeks. 

17 weeks, in Dallas. You can tell by my puffy face I ate WELL while with my dear friend Alona! I gained 5lbs while there- lol, but have since lost them.

18w5d  (yesterday)
My belly is definitely popping here! Side note: This shirt was borderline snug on me last summer before I lost weight. Crazy that it's about the same tightness with me being pregnant! And I LOVE this belt. I bought a gold and a silver one in Dallas at Charming Charlie. That store is so cool. Everything is pretty inexpensive (less than Claire's) but way more fashionable and unique. Wish we had one in Kitsap!

And today- 18w6d
This baby is making my face puffy and I hate that. But baby will be worth it.
I've been dying to do daily walks with the girls, but the weather has been very sporadic. Last week we had a day where the sun came out and I hit the pavement downtown Poulsbo with a friend and we quickly realized the sun was deceiving. It was 38 degrees with a wicked wind chill. It took the whole day for me and the kids to recover from that hour walk. Now I'm leery of taking them out when it's still so cold. Come on 50 degrees, show up!!!