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27 September 2017

Baby Update: Boy or Girl?


{Taken at the end of 16 weeks, we're now coming towards the end of 17 weeks}

Weight Gain: About 3 lbs now! Baby's sure growing!

Symptoms: Less frequent vomiting than in the first trimester, now it's more like twice a week rather than twice (or more) a day. We had to see the doctor after 5 days of crazy pain that wouldn't go away (over a holiday weekend when the doctor's office was closed, of course), but that was a reassuring visit because the thing that's causing the pain is not dangerous, just painful, and I can manage the pain with tylenol (made it to 17 weeks without taking any pain meds, but nothing like rest or stretching takes care of this pain).

Preparations: Someone lent me a few pieces of maternity clothes, but I'm still wearing my normal wardrobe because maternity clothing seems rather huge at the moment. I tried on some maternity pants and they're not even close to being able to stay up but it should be a totally different story a few months from now. We attempted to walk into a maternity clothing store some weeks ago but Angel didn't want to go in and I didn't want to go in alone so we just peeked in the doorway awkwardly and all the clothes looked boring anyways. So I haven't bought anything new to wear since May. Good for the budget, right?

We're now more "prepared" for baby than we were in my last update. Thanks to one family who has older kids gave us their high chair and stroller and baby swing--how awesome is that?

An elderly auntie from church found out that I was pregnant this week and called Angel to come to her house to pick up some food she had for me: a package of 30 kampung eggs ("village" eggs, basically eggs that aren't from a factory farm) and a 5 lb. package of Milo (a chocolate drink mix). That was so sweet! I'm slightly mystified as to how two people are supposed to consume 30 eggs.

Angel's been reading Shepherding a Child's Heart in the evenings, sometimes out loud to me while I sleep.

Eating: The food that sounds the best to me is still consistently apples, oranges, raw carrots, raw cucumbers, and popcorn. I actually haven't had potato chips in quite some time. I've been able to eat a bit of chicken once in a while but meat or most actual "meal" type of food still doesn't seem appealing. After I finished 14 weeks I have let myself have caffeine once in a while. Sometimes I just want a glass of lemon iced tea or a glass of Coke. Not every day, but a couple times a week. I don't drink coffee at all and never have so at least I don't feel any loss in that area!

Realizations: I realized that I somehow always believed during childhood that having a baby meant being huge and pregnant for 9 months and then getting a baby at the end of it. I'm learning that this point of view is not really based on reality, and because this was somehow in my mind, by comparison, having a huge belly for only a few months doesn't sound bad at all. I know a lot of people start saying they feel fat or uncomfortable by this point but I feel like I just feel normal--other than the vomiting, excessive sleeping, and pain. It's funny what can feel "normal," I guess.

Gender Reveal:







It's a boy! So now maybe we'll be able to wrap our minds around baby prep a little better now that we know to picture t-shirts and shorts rather than floral dresses.

We had a really low-key gender reveal. Angel and I found out at the doctor's office, and knew if we tried to keep the secret for any length of time at all, we'd give it away. So on the way home, we stopped by where my family was and chatted with the sisters while I casually stole a bunch of blue Crayola sidewalk chalk. Took home the chalk. broke it up with a butter knife, stuck it in the blender, and then called the family to say, "Head out to the parking lot!" On the way out, Angel said, "I think the blue powder will really show up on the ground." while everyone else was also outside so I was right as far as knowing that a secret would never last for more than a couple hours with us. We barely made it to the parking lot!

My family all said "I knew it!" because for some reason they've known from the beginning. I had three dreams that the baby was a boy before we found out, so the ultrasound just felt like a final confirmation. Angel suddenly feels a whole lot more responsible. I guess he was figuring if the baby was a girl I could handle all the girly stuff like braided hair and dolls pretty easily. Now he's thinking about how soon he'll need to start teaching him how to replace alternators and struts and radiators. I'm not sure at what stage of baby development car repair skills are supposed to be introduced.

And, if you watched the video, yes, baby has a name. I'll tell you if you ask, I'm just not planning on posting the full name on the internet. :)

25 comments :

  1. Congratulations!! He is going to be a brilliant child! :)

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  2. Congratulations!! Baby boys are so much fun, and so busy! And I def want to know what his name is! I'm pretty jealous, we have to wait another 3 weeks to find out what we are having!

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  3. Aww! Hooray for a boy! How exciting! I'm so glad to hear that you are feeling better! And girl, I totally want to know the name!

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  4. Congratulations on finding out about baby boy!

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  5. Congrats! I'm so happy for you! Thanks for sharing this with us. I have the biggest smile on my face--love Angel's baby-training mindset!

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  6. I'm so, so excited for you! Yay for a healthy baby BOY! I'd love to know the name if you're sharing :) You look great!

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  7. How exciting! I just had a baby boy 6 months ago and they're a lot of fun.

    What is his name? ;-)

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  8. How sweet of that lady to give you guys so many eggs! I love eggs-fried, in a quiche or frittata, omelettes, or hard-boiled with salt. So tasty!

    You look so lovely and radiant! I think it's funny that so many people assume that pregnancy means 9 months of a woman being HUGE. I used to think this, and so many people made comments to me when I was pregnant that were along the lines of "You don't look pregnant!" when I was far into the pregnancy. I'm so thankful that the belly doesn't get really big until towards the end ;) Congrats on the boy! If you're sharing, I'd also love to know the name. Boys are loads of fun :)

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  9. Yay!!! I'm such a fan of boys. ;-)

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  10. Ah, yay, a boy! I was going to guess boy when I read that you are craving vegetables, haha! Reminds me of my first. You look great!

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  11. Ahhh - how fun! Congrats on your SON!!!!

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  12. Congratulations, sweet girl! I'm so excited for your growing family! Little boys are SO much fun, and I'm so excited for you! xo

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  13. Congratulations, Rachel!!! So glad that your sickness is beginning to subside a bit(mine typically did around 20 weeks...so you might almost be done!) and I just had our first little boy two weeks ago. Excited for you!!

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  14. How exciting! Oh Angel...I laughed out loud at the thought of him propping up the baby to show him an engine. So happy for both of you!

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  15. Congrats! How exciting for you and the family! Gender reveals aren't really a thing in the UK (most people don't find out the gender until birth) so I love seeing all the imaginative ways people have to tell their friends and families. I love the blue chalk idea! And the fact you'll see that blue chalk for a little while to come and it will make you happy :)

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  16. Congratulations! During our most recent pregnancy I didn't want to know the gender and Phillip did so he found out and then KEPT THE SECRET for 20 weeks. He says he never wants to do that again, it was stressful.

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  17. Congratulations! I loved the video, and it looks like your mom is ready for a boy with her hair and shirt!! I'd love to know the name you have chosen!!

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  18. Ahhh, huge congrats Rachel! I remember seeing the very initial announcement on insta a few months back and I was so excited for you. This has been a tough and beautiful journey for the both of you. I'm sure you'll make wonderful parents to the baby boy on the way <3

    imperfect idealist

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  19. Congratulations! I'm so happy to see your joy. :-) I pray you have a safe and healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, if God so wills.

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  20. Yay can't wait to meet baby boy!

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  21. I love the video! That's so fun. And I want to know the name!?!

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  22. Congrats!! How exciting!! I knew it was a boy, I don't know why, but I had a feeling. You're going to love it, mama!!!
    xo
    Dean
    www.mrsaokaworkinprogress.com

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  23. Aw, this is such a cute gender reveal! Also, I love Angel's shirt.

    My husband is into cars, and he already uses the technical terms with our toddler nephew when our nephew is playing with cars. So age 2?

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