We don’t know.
Remember? We’re not finding out this time!
Most of you probably don’t care but I thought that’d be a fun little joke for some of our close family and friends who wish we’d find out 😉
We did have the ultrasound though. It’s just as fun with each baby. Maybe more so each time. For a variety of reasons, I felt incredibly relieved and grateful to see a healthy baby moving around on that screen with all his or her parts!
The tech did a regular ultrasound and a 4D one. I asked what the 4th dimension was, but she didn’t know. Do you? How can there be 4?
Anyway, they didn’t give any printouts – just CDs. I kinda wanted the printouts, call me old fashioned. Turns out, the regular ultrasound CD didn’t have any images on it (Woops. So much for high tech. Trying to track those down still…) but the “4D” one did.
Baby says ‘hi!’
From this view, we think this baby has the same chin and mouth as the girls. We also think it resembles an alien.
In other baby news, the bump popped. I was wearing a very loose sweater, and someone said, “I thought you might be pregnant but I didn’t want to ask.” Another time, I was wearing a tight shirt and turned sideways and my friend said, “woah! You popped.” That’s probably more accurate.
Um, I cannot figure out how to get my face and bump in the same picture. #NotASelfieExpert
Other pregnancy updates…
How Far? 22-23 weeks ish. The 6 week ultrasound put the due date at June 6. The 8 week ultrasound put the due date at June 4. This 20 week ultrasound put it at June 1. Maybe we’ll have a May baby! Doc is willing to induce as early as May 31 if baby isn’t here yet and everything looks normal. We’re not sure if we’ll induce this time or not. We did with Emma but didn’t with Addie. (My friends tease me that I’ve never gone to 40 weeks, but I’m not sure I really want to start now…) 😉
Cravings: the serious cravings are mostly gone. But I’m so hungry. I eat a lot of food every 2 hours.
Maternity clothes: Pants yes. I haven’t been able to button my regular pants for weeks, but I was rockin’ the whole unbuttoned-pants-with-a-rubberband like a boss. Alas, that doesn’t work anymore. I’ve never had a comfortable pair of maternity jeans, but I still love these maternity leggings and wear them most days.
Physically: Feeling pretty good. I feel the best on days I exercise. I experienced really bad pubic symphysis pain with Emma’s pregnancy and ended up seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist. It’s already kicked in this time, but I’ve been able to stave off some of it with some PT tricks from last time and some routine stretches and changes in activity & movement.
Braxton Hicks: already having them! Can’t remember how soon I had them with each of my other pregnancies, but it was sooner than 30 weeks for sure. All the docs have said that’s normal for some women. Crazy.
Emotionally: The Lord has really been preparing my heart to meet this little one. I think He is also preparing me for another transition. More time spent on kids and less time on myself, which is probably true to some degree with each additional kid you have.
Anxiety: I’m experiencing less fear and anxiety over this baby lately. For several weeks, I prayed like Philippians 4 says to every single day. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
I think we often think through our fears and anxieties, or talk about them with close friends. But we forget to actually present them to God as requests. We don’t have to muster up peace, or wish away our anxiety. And we don’t have to just get over it either. The tone here is so gentle – present your requests to God, and His peace will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” The promise of a peace that surpasses our understanding is conditional upon us first presenting our requests to God. Nothing fancy required.
Simply asking and trusting.
(If you are experiencing anxiety, I wrote more about it when I was super anxious before Emma was born.)
Addie: It’s so fun to have a 3 year old this time around. Emma (20 months) is basically oblivious. But Addie is so curious. She ran into me the other day on accident, looked at my tummy and said, “Woahhhh sorry baby. I didn’t mean to bump you. I forgive you.”
When she sees other people’s babies, she squeals with delight: “mom look at that teeny tiny baby.”
Today in the backseat, I heard this conversation:
Addie: Emma, you were a teeny tiny baby when you came home from the hob-sit-all (hospital). Did you know that?
Addie: And you were in mommy’s tummy but you were naked but when you came out we put clothes on you. Do you like to be naked in mommy’s tummy, Emma?
(Emma’s very agreeable.)
Sometimes she asks random questions too.
“Mom, when the baby comes out will it hold your hand or my hand while we cross the street?”
“Mom, when the baby comes out will it sleep in my bed or Emma’s bed?”
“Mom, when the baby comes out will it have hair in a pony?”
I love hearing all her little thoughts and questions.
Names: We have a girl name picked, but not a boy one. You’d think by now we’d have a boy name we’ve been waiting to use, but nope.
Any boy name ideas?!
Happy Thursday, friends!
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