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What it’s Like to be Pregnant – Log #2 {Gender Reveal}

It’s time for another pregnancy log. This time – the big gender reveal! Since I am not very patient, I was pleasantly surprised to hear my doctor would be able to decipher gender anytime after 16 weeks during my Level 2 anatomy scan.

I was in for a HUGE surprise today when we found out the gender. Some people know I painted the nursery blue within a week of learning I was pregnant, bought boy themed clothes & décor and was totally convinced of the gender because of a vivid dream I had years ago.  My grandma and I were very close. She passed away from breast cancer a year before I met Aaron. I visited her grave shortly after I met Aaron and asked her if she would send me dreams of my future.  She was known to have visions and dreamt my gender and what I looked like before I was born and was 100% accurate. After visiting her grave, the next two nights I had two very vivid dreams. One was a dream of a large celebration/wedding reception with Aaron and our families. We were married 2 years later. The next day I had an even more distinct dream of a baby boy with a full head of black hair, blue eyes and he was wearing a bright orange plaid shirt and jeans. My due date in September is on the anniversary of my Grandma’s passing, September’s birthstone is a Sapphire which is the stone in the ring I wear of hers and while out shopping I came across a newborn orange plaid shirt and jeans that was exactly what I saw in my dream. I was 100% convinced it was a boy based on every old wives tale and primarily because of this dream. Perhaps this dream was an indication of a future baby because we were told today they are 98% sure it’s a girl.  We are excited she is healthy and all measurements are normal and right on track.  This Type A planner has a little re-decorating to do in the nursery now, but this is just a lesson for me to learn patience and realize life with a baby is going to be unpredictable!

Baby size: I am around 16.5 weeks now – so baby is almost the size of an onion and 5.1 inches and 5.9 ounces.

Maternity clothes: I am refusing to buy maternity clothes at the moment. I did invest in a few belly bands, which are amazing for wearing jeans that are just a little too tight.  You just wear your jeans unbuttoned and put this surprisingly comfortable layer on. Huge fan! Target has BeMaternity bands at a great price, especially if you have Cartwheel. I scored an additional 25% off.

New routines: I’ve decided to play classical music from my phone’s Pandora on my stomach every night.  I’ve read that soothing music in the womb may be associated positively after the baby is born if you play the same music when they are fussy. I will take all the help I can get in that department. Why not? I wouldn’t mind some entertainment in the womb if I were her!

Sleep: Still waking up every few hours, but not quite as frequent as I was in the beginning. I will take any improvement at this point.

Miss anything?  I miss not having random aches and pains and complaining my poor hip is out of place 90% of the time. I also learned today that she has her head buried in my back which could be why I am in pain and so uncomfortable most of the time and perhaps why I am not showing very much just yet. She likes to hide and has made herself quite comfy! I am one of those that refuses to take any medication (even Tylenol which is supposed to be safe). I don’t want to take any chances and I am very careful about what I consume, which also means suffering a bit through the pain.

Food cravings: I could probably eat cheeseburgers every day at each meal. Much respect to vegetarians out there, but I don’t think I could do it.  My body craves red meat and cheese pretty much all the time now.  When I made a baked pasta casserole dish the other night, my husband mentioned it was more like cheeseburger pasta. Ha! Wonder why that would be?

Have you started to show yet? Just a bit and unless I accentuate it by putting my hands in the general baby bump area, the average person may still not be able to know there is any change in my body.

Our pets behavior: Abby is still overly protective of everything and Remington is still super clingy, although he is clingy with my husband as well.  Abby and Remington will both be wonderful older siblings and it will be so fun to see how they interact with a new baby.
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