It’s a Giveaway!

Anyone out there interested in winning a $25 Target gift card?!?! Well, you’re in luck because today on the blog I’m featuring a giveaway!

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is answer these three questions:

1. Will Baby Hutcheson #3 be a boy or a girl?

2. When will Baby Hutcheson #3 be born?

3. How much will Baby Hutcheson #3 weigh when s/he is born?

Here are the rules:

1. Entries may be made via comments on THIS blog post or comments under the link to THIS post on my Facebook.

2. Your answers must be in exactly this format:

  1. Your name.
  2. Will Baby Hutcheson #3 be a boy or a girl?
  3. When will Baby Hutcheson #3 be born?
  4. How much will Baby Hutcheson #3 weigh when s/he is born?

3. You will earn 4 extra bonus points if you comment on this blog post instead of on Facebook!

4. The giveaway will close on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12.

5. The winner will be announced via Facebook and my blog once Baby is born and I have the time to tally who won the most points! =)

6. I will contact the winner to get a mailing address and will either mail or e-mail the gift card, whatever the winner prefers. 

36 weeks!

Here’s some info that might help you in your guesses:
My official due date is March 29, 2014.
Isaiah was born three weeks early, to the day.
Isaiah weighed in at 6 lbs, 11 oz.
This pregnancy has been totally and completely opposite of my pregnancy with Isaiah.

(If you care) Here’s how the scoring will work:

You will receive ONE point for guessing the correct gender of Baby Hutcheson #3.

You will receive FIVE points if Baby Hutcheson #3 is born on the exact day you guess. Otherwise, one point will be deducted for each day before or after your guess date, up to five days either way. If you are more than 5 days off either way, you will receive zero points. (For example, if you guess a date of March 29 and Baby is born March 27 you would receive three points. If you guess March 20 you would receive zero points.)

You will Receive TEN points if Baby Hutcheson #3 weighs exactly what you have guessed. Otherwise, one point will be deducted for each ounce less or greater than your guess, up to ten ounces either way. If your guess is more than 10 ounces off either way, you will receive zero points. (For example, if you guess a weight of 7 lbs 3 oz and Baby weighs 7 lbs 7 ounces, you would receive 6 points. If Baby weighs 8 lbs 3 oz, you would receive zero points.)

And, finally, FOUR bonus points if you post your entry via a comment on the blog instead of Facebook.

TOTAL number of points possible: TWENTY

So what are you waiting for!!?!? Enter now! And may the odds be ever in your favor! 😉

I’ve Decided I Want Twins!

So, this whole being “team green” thing is really making me want twins! Actually, I {feel} like I am having twins! It’s a weird feeling because I’m imaging our life with a baby boy {and} with a baby girl and now I really don’t want to let go of either!

I’ve bought just a few gender specific things for baby over the last couple of weeks. I haven’t bought much but just wanted to have a few things on hand for the first week. Out of what we have bought I really don’t want to have to return either the boy or the girl stuff! I want to use BOTH names we’ve picked out. I want our family to have a little brother and a little sister!

Usually we refer to the baby as a “he” because it just doesn’t feel right calling the baby “it”, know what I mean!?! =) But how do you call the baby a “he” and not feel like it really is going to be a boy?

Has anyone else who has been team green experienced this? I’m trying really hard not to think about the baby being a specific gender but it’s hard not to do sometimes! I feel like I’m going to be so excited with whatever gender we do end up having but at the same time so disappointed over not {also} having the other gender!

In reality, we will only be bringing home ONE baby (at least I hope there’s only one in there…. I’m pretty sure there is. =) ). It’s hard to wrap our minds around that and yet still remind ourselves that the baby we bring home could be a boy or a girl and try to prepare ourselves for either.

Well, either way, there’s no turning back now! No more ultrasounds and, with less than 5 (or possibly (if this baby comes at the same time Isaiah did) less than two) weeks left, it’s crunch time! Can’t wait until we get to meet our precious little one and FINALLY find out if he or she is a boy or a girl! I sure hope that “It’s a Boy!” or “It’s a Girl!” moment is worth the wait! =)

Coming home outfits for Baby! I didn’t mean to, but somehow I ended up with an elephant theme. I bought most everything at different times and stores! =)

Bumpdate: 34 weeks!

Yesterday I had my 34 week doctors appointment. All looks good! Baby is a mover and a shaker and my doctor had a hard time finding the heartbeat because he/she kept wiggling away. =) Not much longer to go!

How far along: 34 (almost 35!) weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about 17 – 18 inches long (about the length of an American Girl doll!) and weighs about 4 to 5 pounds, about the size of a butternut squash.

Total weight gain: 20 pounds

Baby’s heart rate: 165

Stretch marks: None yet!

Morning Sickness: I said “so long” to Zofran a few weeks ago! Feeling good these days!

Gender: We don’t know! Can’t wait until we find out, we’re getting more and more anxious to know!

Movement: Lots and lots of movement still. Baby is getting stronger and the jabs and kicks are starting to hurt!

Sleep: Sleeping pretty well but can’t sleep in past 6:30 or 7. That’s ok, though, because I usually get up at 7 anyways to be up before the kids get up at 7:30.

Cravings: Still craving my apples! Other than that my eating habits are pretty normal and my cravings have leveled off a lot.

What I miss: Being able to bend down easily and put my socks and boots on without a watermelon in my way!

Symptoms: Feeling pretty good this week! Still some lower back pain but keeping it under control with stretching and exercise.

What I’m looking forward to: Drew finishing up the tests he is studying for for Edward Jones so that he can be home more and we can get the last minute things ready for baby!

Isaiah and Eloise: The kids are doing great. We had a great visit with Drew’s dad last weekend when he flew here from Florida for a few days. The kids had a blast with him and he helped out around here in so many ways, really giving me a break and blessing us!

Someone asked Isaiah today when the baby was coming and he replied, “When daddy goes on the airplane.” Originally, Drew was scheduled to fly down to an Edward Jones training in St. Louis just two weeks before my due date and we prayed alot as a family that he would be ale to change his dates so that he wouldn’t potentially miss baby’s birth. He was, thankfully, able to change his dates but apparently we forgot to tell that to Isaiah. =) Isaiah is now certain that the baby is going to be a boy “just like him.” We shall see if he is right!!!!!

Eloise is still totally in love with the baby and is always touching my belly. Here’s a cute picture of her loving on her baby doll:

She loves to play mommy and I’m thinking she is going to love having her own real live “baby doll” at home!! I’m going to have to keep my eye on her around the new baby! We’ve been working on potty training this past month and she’s doing great! No accidents for the past 7 days so looks like she may have said goodbye to day time diapers for good!
34 weeks!
And, 34 weeks with Isaiah (wearing the same shirt!)

Bumpdate: 32 Weeks!

Yesterday I had my 32 week doctors appointment. Baby is doing well and growing right on track! Here’s a little update for you:

How far along: 32.5 weeks

Size of baby: Baby is about 16 – 17 inches long and weighs about 3 1/2  pounds, about the weight of a large jicama (according to What in the world is a jicama?!? I know you all were wondering too so I posted a picture below! =)

Total weight gain: 19 pounds

Baby’s heart rate: 152

Stretch marks: None yet! I didn’t get {any} with Isaiah so we’ll see what happens this time! Not sure I’ll be able to pull that off two times! I read a funny story about a lady who went all the way through her pregnancy thinking she didn’t get any stretch marks, only to deliver her baby and realize she had several on the under side of her belly where she couldn’t see! I had Drew check out the part of my belly that I can’t see and so far so good! =)

Morning Sickness: Finally, finally I think it’s safe to say I am OFF of Zofran completely!! Wahoo!! I have been feeling pretty good most days and am thankful to be able to keep food down and not feel nauseated constantly.

Gender: We don’t know! Can’t wait until we find out, we’re getting more and more anxious to know!

Movement: Lots and lots of movement still. I have nicknamed this child karate kid. =) Less kicks and punches now and more rolls as baby starts to run out of room.

Sleep: Sleeping about 5 hours at a time before needing to use the bathroom. I’m not too uncomfortable, just not that sleepy. Can’t sleep in past 6:30 or 7.

Cravings: Still craving sweets but my cravings have definitely settled down some. I’ve been pretty good about substituting healthy alternatives to help satisfy my sweet tooth which has been good. I am eating lots and lots of apples these days. Oh my word, I have one or two every day, they taste so good to me right now! An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right?!?

What I miss: Being able to bend down easily and put my socks and boots on without a watermelon in my way!

Symptoms: Still have lots of lower back pain but managing it with stretching and exercise. Heartburn off and on but not too bad. Starting to get tired pretty easily and not have as much energy but over all still feeling good!

What I’m looking forward to: Finding out if baby is a boy or a girl! Packing my hospital bag and getting the final things ready to bring baby home.

Isaiah and Eloise: Zai and Ellie are so excited about the baby although I don’t think either of them really understand that the baby is coming home to live with us! Isaiah likes to feel the baby kick and when I hold him on my lap he will often feel the baby kick his back and will laugh and say, “Mom, the baby is kicking me hard!” Every time I come home from the doctor he asks me, “Mom, did the doctor take your baby out yet?” Hopefully not for a while, Isaiah! He went with me to one of my appointments and heard the baby’s heartbeat and kept talking about how the baby went “Bum bum bum.” Eloise is absolutely in love with the idea of a baby . She constantly lifts up my shirt and wants to kiss the baby and feel my belly. Like seriously, several times a day she has to check in on the baby. She is going to love being a “mother” to the new baby but I think she’s going to be pretty jealous when she sees me holding the baby!

32 weeks!

30 Weeks and a 3 Hour Glucose Test

Thirty weeks already! Can’t believe that Baby Hutcheson #3 will be here in less than 3 months!

Ok, so some of you know that pretty much this whole pregnancy I’ve been worried about getting gestational diabetes. Why, you ask? Well mainly because this pregnancy I’ve just been craving sweets like none other and, as a result, eating a lot more sweets than I normally do. In my mind eating more sugar = gestational diabetes. I know that’s not actually how it works, but in my mind it seemed to make sense!

Gestational diabetes is actually the result of an increased level of hormones made in the placenta of a pregnant woman. These hormones interfere with the ability of insulin to manage sugar (glucose). As the placenta grows larger during pregnancy, it produces more and more hormones which increase the insulin resistance of the body. Usually the mother’s pancreas is able to produce more insulin to overcome the resistance but sometimes the pancreas can’t keep up and sugar levels will rise, resulting in gestational diabetes. Although gestational diabetes, once diagnosed, can be {controlled} by limiting the mother’s intake of sugar and carbs, it is not directly {caused} by consuming too much sugar.

Even though my fundal height, baby’s measurements, and my weight gain are all measuring right on track or even a little behind, I still convinced myself I had GD. And even though I knew there was nothing I could do to control whether or not I was going to get gestational diabetes I was still just positive I WOULD get it! (Crazy pregnancy hormones mess with your mind!) =)

Well, two weeks ago I went in to take my 1 hour glucose test. Aside from the fact that the drink they make you take is a disgusting, syrupy (is that a word?), sugary, orange bottle of grossness, all went well for the test. Except for the fact that a few days later I received a call saying I had failed the test! Only by a few points but I had still exceeded my doctor’s cutoff levels meaning I had to go in the following week to take the 3 hour glucose test. By this point, I was pretty much 100% positive that my 3 hour test would confirm that I did indeed have gestational diabetes!

I never had to take the 3 our glucose test with Isaiah because I passed the 1 hour. And I hope I never have to take it again! It was terrible!! I had to fast for 12 hours beforehand, drink a drink that had {twice} the amount of sugar in it as the drink for the 1 hour test, and get my blood drawn 4 times over a three hour period! Because I had fasted for 12 hours beforehand, when I drank that sugary drink, my body went into shock and I started sweating and almost threw up and passed out! It was quite a long 3 hours of waiting in the doctors office trying not to vomit (because then I would have had to start all over again!) or pass out!

Thankfully I made it through with the help of my computer which I used to distract myself on the internet while I waited. When I got home and finally ate something my body went crazy again and I got so hot I had to open up the door of the house to get cold air in (my family was bundling up in their snow suits – it’s the middle of January for pete’s sake!), I felt so sick to my stomach, and I took a two hour nap! I was weak and sick to my stomach for 2 days afterwards. I had no idea your blood sugar levels could affect your body like that!

A few days later I received the call the all my levels were perfectly normal and that actually my blood sugar had dropped below the normal levels during the testing, which is probably why I was so hot and shaky and almost passed out. Anyways, my body is processing glucose just fine! No gestational diabetes for me!

I’m glad I got a positive report back but I could have done without that 3 hour test. How about you? Have any of you ever done the 3 hour test? Was it as bad as my experience?

30 Weeks!

Is Baby Hutcheson #3 a Boy or a Girl?

Well, the day has come! I’m 28 weeks and officially in the third trimester. Wow, time is just flying by!

As the day of delivery draws nearer, we find ourselves wondering more and more if Baby Hutcheson #3 is a boy or a girl! We are choosing not to find out, but that doesn’t stop us from looking up all the old wives tales about gender!

I thought it’d be fun to list a few of them and see how I measure up! 

Chinese Gender Chart
The Chinese Gender Chart is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived. Although it sounds silly, it claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%! And it was right with Isaiah! Mine this time says boy.  BOY

Clumsy vs. Graceful
If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy. I’ve definitely been more clumsy this pregnancy, dropping things and running into things like crazy!  BOY

Dad’s Weight Gain
If the dad gains weight while you are pregnant, it’s a girl. If he doesn’t gain weight, you’re having a boy. Hehe, this one makes me laugh. Drew has definitely packed on some pounds! Can someone please tell him that I’m NOT shrinking his pants!?!?  GIRL

Morning Sickness
If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl. I’ve been so sick this time, thrown up more times than I can count, and still on Zofran at 28 weeks (although not every day now!). GIRL

Yearning for sweet things, especially citrus, means you’re having a girl. On the flip-side, a hankering for salty, sour or protein-rich foods could mean a boy. Definitely craving the sweets this time around. GIRL

Low or High?
If the mother is carrying low or narrow, it’s a boy; high and wide means a girl. Similarly, gaining weight in the hips and thighs means a girl, while extra weight in the front means a boy. Carrying low but not as low as I did with Isaiah. Maybe BOY?

Heart Rate
Some swear that if the baby’s heart rate is over 140, it’s a girl. Is the heart rate under 140? It’s a boy according to this old wives’ tale. This baby’s heart rate has always been in the 150-170 range every time I’ve been checked. GIRL

Mom’s Beauty
Basically you are having a girl if your beauty disappears during pregnancy. It is said that the girl “steals” the mother’s beauty. If you think that pregnancy has never made you look more beautiful, a little boy it is. Haha, I can’t really answer this one. Inclusive

Baby Names
It is said that when you can only think of specific names for a boy or a girl, you will have that particular baby. Drew and I have firmly decided on our boys name but still haven’t come up with a girls name we feel 100% sure about. BOY

BOY: 4

So, it looks like the gender predictions aren’t helping me much but they’re still fun to think about. Can’t wait until Spring when we will find out (and get to meet the sweet babe!). 

28 weeks!
And, as a fun comparison, me at 28 weeks with Isaiah!

24 Weeks and Still on Zofran: Tips for Dealing With Morning Sickness

24 Weeks!

Ok, so who in the world came up with the term “morning sickness”? It certainly could not have been a pregnant woman. It must have been a man! =) I think a more accurate term would be “all day and all night long sickness”. Anybody feeling me? How wonderful it would be if “morning sickness” was only actually in the morning!!

My “morning sickness” this time around has been a lot worse than it was with Isaiah. But I know there are women who experience it much worse than me… not being able to keep anything at all down, being sick all 9 months, hospitalization. IV’s, bed-rest, etc. There are also women who sail through pregnancy without a hint of nausea (lucky!). This time around I’ve been somewhere in the middle. I’m thankful it’s not as bad as some but it’s still bad enough that I’ve sought out anything I can to help me feel better!

My morning sickness started around 6 weeks with a vengeance! At 24 weeks I am just now starting to feel back to normal and can even go a day with taking a Zofran {amazing!}! I still feel sick most days but I can tell that little by little it is finally going away.

Here are the things that I’ve found have helped me feel better in the midst of “all day and all night long barfing my brains out sickness”:

I was so thankful my doctor put me on this when I was just 7 weeks along. I was never sick enough with Isaiah to need anything so I wasn’t even aware that there was something I could take to help me feel better during this pregnancy. Thankfully my doctor prescribed Zofran right away this time and it made a difference. At first she had me on 4 mg a day but that just wasn’t cutting it so we upped it to 8mg and that seemed to be enough. From 6-20 weeks, when my morning sickness was at it’s worst, the Zofran would keep me from throwing up but wouldn’t do much to help my nausea. It was enough for me, though, to just have something that would help me keep my food down! Now the Zofran keeps me from throwing up and takes away all my nausea. I’m still on 8mg a day but can now skip a day here or there and feel ok and am hoping I can wean off of it in the next few weeks.

2. Crackers Before You Even Get Out of Bed
Nausea has this amazing ability to make itself known even before you open your eyes in the morning! Not so much now, but earlier on, I would wake up in the morning and feel the morning sickness before I even rolled over and got out of bed. I found that keeping some crackers on my nightstand and snacking on a few before I even got out of bed really helped to settle my stomach and set a good precedent for a day with less nausea!

3. Unisom and B6
My doctor also recommended to me that I take a Unisom sleep tablet each night before bed and 50-100mg of vitamin B6 during the day. I really do think that this has helped. I still take a Unisom and B6 every night before bed and usually have a much “sicker” morning the next day if I forget to. I take the generic version of Unisom from Costco and it works just fine. Just make sure that whether you take the Unisom brand or the generic version, you are taking the kind with the active ingredient “doxylamine succinate” in 25mg tablets. Other forms contain “diphenhydramine HCl” and are not as safe.  I am hoping to wean off the Unisom by the time I reach the 3rd trimester as there’s conflicting views on how safe it is during the last three months of pregnancy.

4. Get Enough Sleep
I have found that I tend to feel a lot worse during the day if I haven’t gotten enough sleep at night. A good night’s sleep can make a big difference so do all you can to make sure you get at least 8 hours! Naps can help too! I’ve taken more naps this pregnancy than I have in the last 25 years combined! (Maybe not, but it feels like it!).

5. Drink Lots of Water
I know, I know. It’s hard to drink enough when you are scared to swallow anything for fear of how it may come back up minutes later! I cannot tell you how many times I have woken up this pregnancy and drank a big glass of water only to vomit it up within a half hour. It’s not {fun}. But drinking enough fluids is so important! The more dehydrated you are, the more nauseated you will feel. Thankfully, I’ve always been a “heavy (water) drinker” so I’ve been able to keep up with getting plenty to drink. It really does help!

6. Change the Timing of Your Vitamins
I take my prenatal vitamins at night and always with food. I find that if I take them in the morning they cause me to feel much sicker throughout the day but at night they don’t bother me. Could just be coincidence for me but I do anything I can that seems like it’s helping. =)

7. Eat Small, Bland Snacks Throughout the Day
Life gets busy as a mom of two and sometimes I don’t get to eat right when I need to/want to. Sound familiar? Keeping your belly full can help ward off the nausea by stabilizing your blood sugar. But I’ve found that if I let myself get too hungry I get to a point of nausea that there’s no turning back from even after my food has digested. It’s better to not let yourself get too hungry. Try to make sure that you’re always semi filled up with small, healthy, protein packed meals that are not too spicy, fatty, etc.

Hope some of these tips can help another mama out! I’m just thankful that I’m on the horizon of feeling better and can’t wait for the day I wake up and realize I feel completely “morning sickness” free again! =)

Five Lies About Being Team Green

We decided very early on in my pregnancy that we wouldn’t find out the gender of this baby. Since then I’ve learned a lot about what it looks like to be “team green” (i.e. not “team pink” or “team blue” but in the gender neutral “green” area). Here are 5 lies about being team green that I’ve discovered in the last 5 months!

1. Everyone Should Be Team Green!

Not finding out the gender of your baby is a very personal decision and the parents to be are the only ones who can make that decision. I’ve had several people tell me that not knowing baby’s gender was the way “everyone used to do it” and that it’s the “way it should be”. While I agree that it was {by default} the way that everyone had to do it years ago, we now have the technology that allows us to find out gender before birth and if you want to take advantage of that technology go ahead and find out!

We found out beforehand that Isaiah was a boy and, of course, we knew Eloise was a girl by the time we brought her home. =) I would never ever ever in a million years want to go team green for my first baby, and probably not even for my second. With all the baby showers you have with your first and all the things you are buying new you get a lot of green and yellow stuff if you are team green and I was not/am not a big fan of gender neutral stuff. With my first baby it was my personal preference to know what I was having so that I could get all the gender specific baby stuff I wanted for him and have boy clothes and blankets, etc all ready to go. I never even considered going team green. I knew I absolutely didn’t want to.

If we had not adopted our second, I am 99.9% sure that we would have found out the gender of baby #2. Mainly because if it was a girl I would have wanted to get started on buying lots of fun girly stuff! {And} if I had two boys or two girls already, I would most likely be finding out the gender of baby #3 for the same reason. But now that we have both a boy and a girl, we are looking forward to going team green this time. I have stuff for each, I’m not having any more baby showers (wouldn’t showers be a great idea for your third baby!?!?!), and we will be delighted with either a boy or a girl.

RECAP: The bottom line is that you need to do what’s best for you and your family. I personally would not go team green for my first baby, if I was desperately hoping for a certain gender, or if I already had 2, 3 or more of the same gender. Our circumstances this time around made us comfortable with going team green but we wouldn’t have wanted to do it earlier. We are so excited this time to experience the {surprise} in the delivery room and see if it’s really as amazing as many people talk about! =)

2. Being Team Green Helps you Save Money

While I do agree that being team green does help to save money before baby is born, I don’t think it helps to save money in the long run. Because we don’t know the gender of baby #3 I am buying very little for the new little bean right now. {However} once the little peanut is born we will need to purchase a few things, especially if it’s a girl because we don’t have any newborn girl things (Eloise was six months old when we brought her home).

When we found out Isaiah was a boy I spent the next 5 months stocking up on baby boy things little by little, buying things on sale, yardsaling, and scoping out the best deals. If you wait to find out the gender until baby is born you will most likely not have as much time to find the best deals on some things and could end up paying full price for more (unless you buy gender neutral stuff beforehand).

If you already have both boy and girl newborn essentials at home you should be fine but if it’s your first baby or you have a different gender baby than your first 2 (or 3 or 4) you may end up spending more in the long run as you rush out to get the gender specific things baby needs right away (things that were on sale weeks or months ago but you couldn’t buy yet because you didn’t know baby’s gender).

3. Being Team Green Prevents You From Bonding With Your Baby

Many people fear that if they don’t know the gender of their baby they won’t fully be able to bond with him or her. I do agree that bonding with this baby has been different than bonding with Isaiah. Once we found out Isaiah was a boy we were able to look only at boy names and boy stuff and dream about having a sweet little baby boy in our family. It allowed me to think and dream about our life with him in a specific way.

Not knowing the gender of this baby has not prevented us from bonding with him or her, though. Some days we call this baby a boy and some days a girl. We imagine life with both genders and think about both boy and girl names. We still fall in love with the ultrasound pictures and love to feel the baby move and kick. We are so excited to meet baby bean, not because he or she is a specific gender but because he or she is {our} baby. And we have bonded to our baby no matter what gender he or she happens to be!

4. You Cannot Be Fully Prepared For Baby If You Are Team Green

I like to be prepared. Preparing for a team green baby looks different than preparing for a baby with a known gender, but you can still be prepared for baby’s arrival! As I mentioned before, I am not a fan of gender neutral clothing, blankets, etc. Thus, we will be bringing a newborn baby boy outfit and a newborn baby girl outfit to the hospital. We will be bringing both boy and girl blankets, pacifiers, etc. At home, I will have Isaiah’s baby boy clothes washed and ready and several baby girl outfits (with tags still on and receipts handy for easy return if need be!) ready to go.

I have a bouncy seat and swing that Isaiah used that can be used for a girl too. I have a boppy that could also go either way. We have bottles and burp cloths and most everything else for baby that could be used for either a boy or a girl.

As for bedding and decorating the nursery…. This can be a hard one, especially if it’s your first baby you and you can’t wait to get the nursery all set up! (Even if it’s your third it’s exciting to get the baby’s room all ready!). We are going to be moving a few months after baby is born so we won’t need to decorate the nursery until after we move (and after baby is born). This was actually one of the reasons that finally convinced me to go team green. One of my favorite parts of bringing baby home is having their room all set up before they even arrive. I did this with both my kids and loved bringing them home to the rooms made just for them with all their cute little stuff inside. But this time around I figured since I have to wait to set up their nursery anyways I might as well wait to find out their gender! Ha! =) In all seriousness though, it’s very doable to decorate the nursery once baby has already arrived. You can spend the months leading up to baby’s birth planning how you want to decorate a baby boy and a baby girl room and that way you will be all ready to go once baby arrives! You will have your plan and it will all come together soon enough, even if it is after baby’s arrival. Baby may end up sleeping in your bedroom for the first few months anyways!

If gender neutral stuff bothers you as much as it does me but you still want to go team green, one idea is to shop for baby boy and baby girl stuff online at or someplace similar. Fill your cart with the gender specific stuff you want for baby but don’t click purchase until you find out what baby is (and you remove all the stuff of the opposite gender!). You could even click purchase from your hospital bed hours after baby is born and all the gender specific stuff you want could be at your doorstep with 2 day shipping by the time you get home from the hospital!

5. People Who Are Super Organized Cannot Be Team Green

I like to know what is happening and exactly when it is happening. I like to be organized and have everything in it’s place. I like to be fully prepared whenever I can.

Being team green tests the personalities of such people! It’s hard not to know and not be preparing as much as I’d like to be right now. Sometimes it drives me crazy thinking that right now we could know baby’s gender and yet we {chose} not to! What in the world were we thinking?!?!?

Though I’m not organizing this time in the same way that I was with Isaiah, I’m still organizing! I am still working on making sure that we have everything ready for baby’s arrival and that we have everything we need. I may not be able to plan as {much} as I want to right now (Who will baby share a room with? I want to put the boys together or the girls together so can’t plan that yet!) but I’m still planning. And trust me, there’s enough to think about even without thinking about all the implications that a specific gender will bring on our family!

It is possible for people like me to be team green but it may not be easy! In the end I’m hoping that it’s worth the wait and that when we hear those words, “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” we’ll be so wrapped up in the awesomeness of the surprise that we’ll be glad we went team green!

20 Week Ultrasound: It’s a …………!

20 weeks!

Earlier this week I had my {big} 20 week ultrasound (at 19.5 weeks). We were able to schedule it in the evening and were able to hire a babysitter so it worked out that Drew and I were able to go on a little date night just the two of us to see our new little peanut. It was so much fun!

Ultrasound date night!

As most of you know we were {hoping} to go “team green” this time and not find out what we are having. I’ve been nervous for a couple of weeks that the tech was accidentally going to spoil the surprise! I was afraid we’d either see something on the ultrasound or the tech would say something like, “All right, you’re all done. {He} looks great!”

The big day finally came and we told the tech as soon as we entered the room that we did NOT want to find out the gender of the baby. Well……………. All went as planned and we are happy to report that at our 20 weeks ultrasound we found out that it’s a ……………….. healthy baby!!

Haha. =) Sorry, no gender reveal going on in this post! We had a great teach who was extra careful and didn’t spoil any surprises for us. She herself didn’t even take a look at the gender so she wouldn’t accidentally give anything away. We were able to spend a whole hour watching the ultrasound of our sweet little peanut and still have no idea whether it’s a boy or a girl!

We are thankful that we did find out at the ultrasound that all looks well with the baby. He or she was moving all around, blinking, yawning, and sucking their fingers and we could see it all. It was so sweet. Baby is weighing in at 10 ounces and measuring right on track for the exact day I’m due.

It’s weird to think that we could know by now whether little bean is a boy or a girl and I’ll admit that the day after the ultrasound I was feeling really bummed that we chose not to find out. We’re hoping to stay strong, though, and wait for the ultimate surprise on delivery day. It will give me something to {literally} push for!!!


Baby Kicks

I think one of my favorite parts about being pregnant is feeling my baby move inside me. With Isaiah I first felt little flutters around 16 weeks, with my first undeniable kick around 17-18 weeks and it was closer to 20 weeks before Drew was finally able to feel him. This baby I started to feel move before 13 weeks with the first unmistakable big kick on the day I turned 15 weeks. And Drew was finally able to feel little baby kicks from the outside just this past week at barely 17 weeks!

There just aren’t words to describe what it feels like to feel a {life} growing and moving inside you. I know most guys are pretty glad they don’t have to worry about going through the pain of giving birth but they really are missing out on the miracle of having a life grow inside you! It’s amazing. (Although, I’ll admit, I could do without the giving birth part too!) 😉  

Maybe I’ve just forgotten, but I swear that this baby moves way more than Isaiah ever did. Baby #3 also has consistently had a super high heart rate (usually between 155-170) which is a lot higher than Isaiah’s ever was so I’m thinking that is proof that baby bean is an active little thing in there.  =)

I’m so thankful that God has given me the ability to carry babies both in my belly and in my heart through adoption. Each baby is truly a miracle from the Lord and I am blessed!

17 weeks!