Gender Reveal

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It’s not a big deal to me if the baby is a boy or a girl. I just feel very blessed by this gift from God. I’m not into the whole guessing and wishing thing, when it comes to a baby’s gender or features. I get that people think it’s fun and all that; I just prefer the facts. I’m not quite sure how to respond when people tell me what they wish our baby is. Or when then say they want certain features. I can’t just put in an order! Lol. And if someone says they want one parent’s features but not the other, it’s hard not to take offense. It took 2 to make the baby, and it’s highly likely that the baby will have features of both parents. The fact of the matter is, no amount of wishing or guessing makes any one person in control of such things. You get what you get, and you just have to trust it’s God’s plan. That’s my perspective.

We found out the gender last Thursday, 9/18/14. The night before, I was so excited I could hardly sleep! And the morning of, I was ready to go before Mark. The ultrasound tech was pretty firm with the probe, which made my stomach feel pressure and discomfort. I don’t know if that’s supposed to happen or not. We were told repeatedly that not everything was as far developed because it was only 19 weeks. They typically do ultrasounds at 20 weeks, there. But baby was moving around as usual, and looked so cute. The heart was very cool to see. Drumroll, please…

The making of this video is quite a funny story. It was delayed a few days due to the terrible week I had, and how busy Mark and I both were. We ended up shooting the video at Fleming Lake and it was super WINDY! My hair was crazy in all directions. The balloons would wrap around Mark during takes. Titus would NOT sit still for a pic, and we tried for like 5 minutes! We are so excited to welcome a baby boy into our lives! (Check out my sweet drawing skills in my brainstorming for the gender reveal video.)

     

We started doing some shopping for baby. We went to H&M and got 2 little beanies, 2 bibs/bandanas, a little sweater, and a onesie. The onesie actually matches some of Mark’s shirts that have stripes. I’m jealous they get to match, but it’ll be super cute! We’ve started brainstorming for the room, too. So far, we’ve bought a changing pad cover, shag rug, and wall clock. I can’t wait to see the vision come together. It’s a very clean and modern, yet cozy look.

Current cravings: tofu, soft-baked pretzels w/cheese (And just assume I’m still craving soup, unless I note otherwise. Lol.)

Dear Edamame,
Mommy and Daddy are SO excited to meet you, baby boy! You looked so cute in the ultrasound pictures, and I especially loved seeing you flex your little arm! We are working on putting together your room, an opportunity for Mommy to start nesting. It’s not going to be TOO gender-stereotypical (color-wise), which I also aimed for in your gender reveal video. Daddy likes clean and modern looks with a lot of white. I’m trying to throw in a liiittle color for you–nothing crazy. Daddy is calling you our “Little Prince.” I know he’s going to be a great daddy. I hope you are recognizing our voices, everyday. Maybe you can hear Titus’ whining when he’s hungry, and get used to his “voice” too? 🙂 Behave in there, baby boy!
Love,
Edamommy

Reset button

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If I could hit the reset button on last week, (with exception to the day we found out the baby’s gender and saw the baby for the first time) I would. Rough week for this mommy-to-be. Work was awful and drama-filled, on multiple fronts. I felt like I couldn’t catch a break. This has resulted in a plethora of emotions that are overwhelming, and a stressed-out mental state. Mark has been great about calming me down. And the past few days, I’ve been waking up around 5:30am due to pressure on my side and discomfort all around.

Today was a good day. The husband and I worked on our gender reveal video (I’ll make a separate post about that. Don’t want to combine such a happy thing with my ‘reset’ post.), had dim sum, walked around the Plaza, and enjoyed a comedy show at the Improv. Anjelah Johnson! (Yes, think Bon Qui Qui and the “nail salon”.) I love her; she’s hilarious.

I rarely win drawings or contests, but I won a free, mini photography session for holiday family photos. This was super exciting because I have been getting quotes from photographers for family sessions, maternity sessions, and newborn sessions. This takes care of our holiday cards! Can’t wait to work with Laughter Loves Photography!

I now understand why people have those “Baby on Board” signs in their car. I used to think they were ridiculous, but now I kind of want one, in hopes that drivers will be more cautious around me. There are some crazy drivers out there!

Current cravings: tofu, cold grapes, and still soup

Dear Edamame,
You are just growing away and so active! I can feel some of your movements like little flutters in my tummy. What do you want at 5:30am everyday, that you keep waking Mommy up? I hope you are resting, as you’re nearing a growth spurt soon! This week, you are moving up in size from a mango to a banana. We are getting you some classical music to play for you. Maybe that will calm you down a bit, since we know you are a mover and shaker! Mommy and Daddy can’t wait to hold you!
Love,
Edamommy

The caffeine-free life

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I’m at a weird in-between stage where it’s debatable if I’m pregnant or just have a gut. Case in point: The other day, I was picking up lunch from the Japanese restaurant for myself and some coworkers. The older man making sushi behind the bar asked me if I already had the baby because I looked slim. It made my day because I know that under my loose dress, the belly is there. But then I was bummed that he didn’t think I looked pregnant. I’m always more obvious after eating.

So thankful that the horrid, cough-gag-meets-dry-heaving has subsided substantially! It was awful coughing to the point of gagging and then having tears swell your eyes and a nasty taste in your mouth. I don’t even really know what that was. Gross, huh? But lately, I’ve been getting the after taste of my DHA pill. It brings up a fishy taste, and is nauseating. I try to chase my DHA pill with a piece of chocolate, or juice, or something that has a sweet flavor.

The most exciting drinks I have these days are Sprite, cherry limeade from Sonic, or ginger ale. I’m trying to stay caffeine free. Supposedly there are some caffeine-free root beers?! I found a new drink to switch things up, last week! I love and have been missing chai tea lattes. I ordered an iced, decaf Earl Grey tea latte with a shot of vanilla (better known as a London Fog). It rocked my world. Every once in awhile, I guiltily crave a cold Coke…probably only because I can’t have it right now. Speaking of other banned beverages, I look forward to the day when I can have a glass of sangria or a Bloody Mary. I don’t even regularly drink alcohol often, but again, it’s probably because I know that I CAN’T have it right now.

Current cravings: (still) soup, Sonic tots, noodles, salads, and…

I bought 4 bags of this delicious, Japanese “salad-tasting” snack. It is one of my faves.

Dear Edamame,
Thanks for the couple nights of good sleep, but it seems I am back to getting up at wee hours of the night and just laying awake. 😦 So we find out if you’re a little man or little lady, later this month! I am trying not to count the days. Until then, I prefer not to go shopping because I see all kinds of baby stuff and I want to buy everything. I had a dream you were a girl, followed by a dream you were a boy, followed by another dream you were a girl. This week, you’re transitioning from the size of an avocado to an onion. Praying for you and imagining life with you!
Love,
Edamommy