Woo hoo! I just hit the halfway mark of my pregnancy with baby number four. I figured it was time for a little pregnancy update! If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you've probably seen me gripe about being plagued with morning sickness still in my second trimester. It's been rough, to say the least, especially with a busy toddler and 2 big kids who need my attention. The house has been a mess, which is so not like me, but I haven't even had the energy to care. I started feeling a little better the last few weeks, and then BAM! It hit me again. I've been getting horribly painful headaches every single day and I can't seem to figure out how to get them to subside. And now the morning sickness is back to about half the days out of the week, which is leaving me feeling miserable yet again. Fingers crossed I'm not one of those poor women who are sick for the full nine months- I can't imagine this going on for another 20 weeks!
I do, however, have some exciting news- we just found out the gender and did a fun (hilarious) gender reveal for the kids. (If you follow me on social media you've probably already heard the news, but here are the full details). You might recall our last gender reveal we did when I was pregnant with Harper. Ayden and Lily were so excited to find out if they were getting a brother or sister, and I decided to record their reactions when I handed them a pink sucker, letting them know it was a girl. Long story short, Lily was ecstatic and Ayden was devastated, and it made for a very entertaining gender reveal video. Watch it here!
Anyway, we found out on Monday that we are having a BOY! Seriously, I was shocked. I mean, deep down I knew, I just knew it was a boy this time. This pregnancy has been so different from the last one- I just knew it wasn't going to be a girl. But I wanted another girl pretty badly. I just thought it would be so cute to have another one close in age to Harper. I kept all of her baby clothes and they could grow up being the best of friends- adorable, right? Well, it's definitely not a girl, as you can see on the ultrasound picture. That was the first thing I spotted when the ultrasound tech placed the little wand thingy on my stomach. I actually shouted "Oh my God! It's a boy! That's a wee wee!" I mean, there was just no denying it!
I had to think of a fun way to tell the kids, but I'm really not all that creative with stuff like that, and I wanted something that took minimal effort (I'm lazy). I had told the kids that I was probably just going to give them a pink or blue sucker again and they both agreed that would be fun. They both wanted it to be a blue sucker this time, but where would the fun be in me just giving them what they wanted? I had to crush them a little before making them super happy, right? (joking). I decided to do the sucker thing, but to do a little fake-out first. I bought a bag of suckers, found 2 blue ones and traded the wrappers for pink ones, making it look like I'd be telling them it was a girl. I figured they'd be disappointed and then reveal the blue sucker when they opened it and freak out with excitement. It would be perfect! What ended up happening though was not quite what I expected...
Poor Ayden did not take too kindly to another pink sucker!
Let me follow this up by saying that in both videos he recovered really quickly. Seriously, within about 60 seconds of me stopping the video, he was already over it and excited about the news. He laughed at himself when we watched the video together, and it was his idea to post them online, before I even asked him if it was OK (because if he would have been embarrassed or upset I wouldn't have shared them). He was like "Mom- you have to put that on YouTube!"
One of my best friends, Jodi, was pregnant with me last time, and we ended up having our babies one day apart. She has two little boys, ages 4 and almost 2, and as soon as I texted her that it was a boy she was calling me and telling me to come over and take all of her boy stuff. Harper and I came over the next day for a little play date and I was shocked at what she gave me for the new baby- a gorgeous bassinet (one of the few things on my list of baby needs) and five huge totes filled to the brim with baby clothes. Nice, clean, stain-free baby clothes in awesome condition! I seriously do not need to buy anything for this little guy to wear for the first two years at least. She gave me tons of onesies, pajamas, pants, shirts, hoodies, sweaters, jeans, hats, bibs, and shoes ranging in sizes from newborn to 2T. I went through and sorted everything by size and type just to make a little inventory, and there's so much of everything. Looking at all of these adorable outfits got me so excited to have another boy! I mean, look at his shoe collection already! Soooooo cute. What an amazing friend, huh? Yeah, I love her.
I have to admit, knowing the gender of the baby has really made a difference for me. You might recall this post I wrote a while back about feeling just overall "blah" about everything and feeling more stressed than excited about being pregnant again. Well, it's gotten better. I can picture it now- our family, with our new baby boy. I couldn't before. It scared me and stressed me out...I was having a really hard time with it and feeling really guilty about having those kinds of feelings. These last few days though, with the sonogram picture to look at, putting together the bassinet, and going through all of the baby clothes...it changed something. Something clicked. Something is different. I feel more relaxed and excited! I'm going to have two girls and two boys- it's perfect. Our family will be complete. I'm so blessed, and I've got nothing to stress or complain about.
Maxi skirts and dresses have been my jam for this pregnancy and my last one. It's been getting warm here in Washington and pants are just out of the question. Skirts and dresses are so much more comfortable at this point and they keep me feeling cooler and less restricted with my growing bump. I love pairing them with a denim vest or jacket too! I got the jacket and yellow dress from Old Navy and the vest was on clearance at Target last fall (Score- $10!)
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