Don’t worry, I’m still here!! I sort of lost the blog bug for a little while and hope that I catch it again with the soon to be birth of our baby girl!
Update: The pregnancy has been going great. I’m not a complainer so even if it wasn’t I’m not the one to say much different. I have the usual late pregnancy stuff going on. Heartburn, swollen feet and ankles. It was stressful there for a couple of weeks/months but that was due to getting the room ready.
I insisted on having bead board in the room. My husband and I are pretty handy people but we had never taken on a bigger job like that. My husband did a wonderful job with a help of a friend. It took longer then expected b/c of the weather and what not but none of that matters because it came out BEAUTIFULLY!!
I also insisted on having a girly blue color for the room. There is just something about a girl and feminine blue with me. I love it! Here are some pics of the room. Some phone pictures and some my sister took. Wish we would have stopped and taken more. There are a couple of things that we didn’t get pictures of that I wish we would have now.
Another thing that came out ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFULLY was the Baby Shower/Sprinkle <3. My two best friends put it on for me with the help of some others, 😉 they would not let me get involved at all. I’m going to be honest, I was really upset at first because I love to party plan and craft and be creative. But God knew what he was doing with them and I was able to put my efforts towards the baby room. They blew my expectation out of the water and now I’m intimidated to put a shindig together when they are around.
Me with my Mom and Sister!
Me and the Hostesses and Besties!!
So there is a quick snap shot of the last couple of weeks. After this Easter weekend I plan on taking it super slow and easy. I’m getting to the, I’m really tired and don’t want to do much but wait I need to take care of this, while my husband gets really frustrated and insists that I sit down. Thanks Babe!
Anyways, I hope that everyone has a Wonderful Easter and remembers what it is all about!
I know I have not had a post in a long time and I’m sorry. I have been busy scouring Blogs, Pinterest, Etsy, and anything else I can think of to get ideas for the Nursery. It has been so much fun. I have several DIY Projects in mind and almost ready to start. I few things that we have to do to the actual room before we can start putting the room together. When I say we, I really mean the Big Man. He is such a sweet man and is humoring me with my decision to put up beadboard/wainscoting in the room. Will post some before and after pictures when that’s done.
I have not explained the happenings of finding out the gender of our baby on the blog. Well if you remember I posted that we would hopefully find out on Dec. 8th.
I just knew that this baby was going to be like Little Man and not show us the goods and sure enough if he/she didn’t. The Sonographer did everything she could to get a 100% on the sex of the baby.
Not only that but, I had this whole plan on how she was going to write the sex down and put it in an envelope so my sister could get a box of balloons and surprise us with the rest of our family. It was going to be awesome. Nope, didn’t happen. I walked out of there disappointed but not surprised. They basically told me that because they could see everything else with the baby and that the baby was completely healthy that it was not “deemed necessary” to do another sonogram. I didn’t know what I was going to do.
I always knew that I wanted to have one of those 3D/4D Sonograms with this baby and even suggested it as a Christmas gift from my family. So when my sister saw how disappointed I was she said she would go ahead and get that for us for Christmas, it included a quick “Gender Check”. YAY!
The next week I was going to California for business and would be gone all week so I knew that I was going to have to wait another week and possibly two because then it was Christmas week, ect. So when I got back in to work on Monday and called about get an appointment she said, “I have one today at 3.” I said, “I’ll take it!”
I did not tell my husband or anyone else in my family in hopes that I could still pull out a surprise for someone and wait until Christmas to do a mini Gender Reveal. I held on to that secret from Monday until Christmas Eve on Saturday. It was hard but worth it.
So as you can see from the Pink Balloon, we are having a Girl!
BOY or GIRL? I thought it would be fun to do a little experiment and try all the online quizzes and old wives tales-do-it-yourself tests to see what the different outcomes are. FIRST UP….
The Age-Month Gender Test – Okay this comes from one of my friends and they say it works like 97% of the time or something. This is a simple one. Take the age you were when you conceived and the month you conceived in and add them together. Even Numbers it’s a Girl Odd Numbers it’s a Boy. (This baby 28 + 8 = 36) (Little Man 24 + 1 = 25 Odd and he was a boy)
Results: IT’S A GIRL!
Old Wives Girl or Boy Quiz – You can take the quiz here. This one takes all the old wives tales and lumps them together for one quiz. You know like the are you carrying low or high? Craving Salty or Sweet? Rate of baby’s heart beat? Ect., Ect.
Results: You answered 3 items out of 10 Yes. Your score is 30%. Congratulations! According to the Old Wives it’s a girl!
Ancient Chinese Birth Chart– You can take this one here. This is an “ancient Chinese calendar” It states that there is a 93% accuracy.
Results: Congratulations! It’s a boy!
Is it a Girl or Boy Quiz – You can take it here. This is another general wives tales type of quiz. Things like, Boxer or Briefs, Who is frisky first, Salty or Sweet, High or Low?
Results: It’s a Boy!
Gender Prediction Quiz –You can take it here. Another general wives tales type of quiz.
Results: Congratulations! It’s a Boy!
Girl or Boy: The Heart Rate Test – To conduct the this old wives tale you simply take your baby’s heart rate in beats per minute (bpm) using a doppler or fetoscope and look at the chart: Over 140 = girl Under 140 = boy (Little Man’s heart beat was in the 140’s the entire time)
8 Week Check up: 160’s
12 Week Check up: 160’s
16 Week Check up: 146
Inconclusive for now!
If all goes well we will find out Dec. 8th! That’s in like 20 DAYS People!
Man, keeping a secret like that is HARD! I think with Little Man everyone knew within a week of us finding out. Holding that in until the 9 week mark was the hardest, I can’t imagine waiting a full 12.
So when I told Big Man and looked up different ways to tell him I read different ways to tell others as well and I have seen the I’m going to be a big brother/big sister thing before. But I wanted it to be at a time where everyone was going to be together so everyone could find out at once. So lucky for me, my birthday was right around the corner. I knew that when people asked “what do you want to do for your birthday?” I would just say, “a family/friends dinner and cake!” Simple, huh? I thought that I would make it kind of fun and do a at home photo booth thing and ask my sister to bring her camera. Fun for everyone and a little more than dinner and cake.
So I searched the good ol’ world wide web for a kickin’ Big Brother T-Shirt and saw this really cute one on Etsy, but the price was not right so I went onto http://www.uberprint.com and made one. We loved that it said Big Brother to be and that the font/design reminds you of a baseball type shirt.
I figured everyone would show up and say their hello’s and maybe start making salads or play in the photo set up and I would casually be like, “Hey, Little Man” Let’s go change your shirt, that one’s dirty!” Take him to the back change the shirt and then walk out like no big deal right? Worked like a Charm!
My Sister was the first one to spot it and spun her head around and looked at me all one eye brow raised. Then asked my Mom who was sitting right next to her. “Did you see his shirt?” At this point Little Man was all over the place and knew what his shirt said so he was being kinda shy about it. Everyone started to look and ask him to turn around. It was fun and even though he was being shy, he was pretty proud of his shirt.
Now we all know kids can’t be babies for ever and, I’m okay with that but, it is sad when they get older and little parts of what was being a baby start to disappear. Now it feels like Little Man has been a “big boy” for a while now. When we put him in daycare it seemed like he was growing by leaps and bounds. His speech, his independence, his eating, ect. He has always seemed to be a little ahead of the curve when it comes to motor skills, walking at 10 months, throwing and jumping, ect. and with potty training he seemed pretty young for a boy from what I can tell. But there was always this one thing that I kept holding on to. It was something he would say when he wanted to be picked up. “Mommy, I hold you” I know it might not seem like much but he would always say it and it always made me smile. I mean the thought of Little holding me? It was always in a soft voice of “Mommy, I houldjew” Well, it’s gone, what is even worse is I didn’t know it was gone. I don’t know when he lost it! It had to have been somewhere between October and now and I didn’t even realize it. Is life that busy and fast that we don’t see our children right in front of our faces? Again, I’m one of those people who understand life is ever-changing, always going and aging, so I love that Liam is a smart, funny and healthy little guy, I just miss the baby every now and then.